“Toward The Castle” by Fear Of Eternity

Artist: Fear Of Eternity
Title: “Toward The Castle”
Label: Moribund Records
Release Date: 1/10/2006
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal
Rating: 3/5

Atmospheric Black Metal is an interesting style to the genre for in most cases rather than blistering riffs you are brought into an often dismal and morose feeling world. The slow Doom/Funeral nature of this type of Metal is not for everyone but it clearly has a niche among the children of the Metal night. The vibe of Fear Of Eternity is essentially that of a long and dark journey down a secluded and lonely road. The album itself is a one man show with Andrea Tilenni playing all of the instruments and doing the vocals, and he truly pulls it off well with the recording. He has a very typical Black Metal style to his growl and there are no clean vocals to be found anywhere on the albums seven songs with the exception of some closing spoken words at the end of “The Valley Of Sadness”. The keyboards on the album stand out the most since they escalate or slow down the mood of the songs as each one merits. This is largely a slow record and without the changes in the keyboard expressions it came off to me as sounding very similar from track to track. Perhaps it was the theme of the album, or perhaps this is how the over all nature of this material is meant to be. There is not really much album art to speak of except a couple of bleak and brooding castle images on the inside fold out, no lyrics are provided which I would have liked to better understand where Tilenni was aiming with this record.

If sorrow and despair are what gets you through the day then perhaps this is what you have been looking for. I am not sure that I am quite ready for Atmospheric Black Metal, and instead prefer it a little more thunderous. It had some moments and it is worthy of a listen if you are especially the one who chooses to defer from the paths of music that your friends might travel.

Song Listing:
1. Departure
2. Flying Over The Mountains
3. Fear Of Eternity
4. Toward The Castle
5. Melancholy Rain
6. Crying
7. The Valley Of Sadness
8. Illusion Of Purity

Official Web site: www.moribundcult.com

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