11/21/2007 - Review by: David Loveless
Darkness Eternal - Misanthropic Annihilation - 2005 - Autopsy Kitchen Records
The album opener, Misanthropic Annihilation, starts with a grim narration that introduces the grimness to follow. With vocals that would have Will Rahmer (of Mortician) smiling, and a musical attack that will appeal to fans of Vital Remains and Naglfar, George Velaetis demonstrates his multi-instrument talents and satanic vision of lust and betrayal. The second song, Cold...End...Dead, is a technical masterpiece with plenty of blast beats and crushing blackened riffs. The third song, Darkness Conquers All, is a melodic fall into depths of hell as George finally belts out "Sound the horns, storm the gates. Wrath has come, who shall stand". The fourth song, For All The False Promises is my favorite track on the CD as it presents a nihilistic view on the fall of Jesus Christ. To accompany these tormented lyrics, George crushes all with his heathenish blackened attack. Next comes Suicide Unto Infinite Euphoria with a slower pace, but none less devastating than the rest of the CD. With a more black metal feel, the lyrics about slipping into an endless nightmare fit in perfectly. The sixth song, Unholy Trinity, is a ferocious song about an army marching into the gates of heaven and destroying everything in their path. Containing plenty of blast beats and black metal hooks, you'll want to join the army as well! Next comes Upon The Throne Of Eternal Blasphemy and another black metal attack on Christ and his devout followers of martyrs. Musically, this song reminds me of early Marduk - albeit with greater production. The next song is the 8 minute long, Thy Will Be Done. Containing awesome acoustic passages and crazy thrash riffs, this one will have you turning up the volume. The final song, Worship Us is a great album closer as it contains all the elements of death metal, black metal, and thrash to satisfy all of your metal desires. With both melodic and brutally crushing riffs, George makes his final statement that Darkness Eternal is a force to be taken seriously.
Misanthropic Annihilation by Darkness Eternal is a crushing album that blends the best of both death metal and black metal, to create a punishing take on metal in general. It is hard to think of Darkness Eternal as a one-man band because George Velaetis is exceptional at everything he does on this CD. Full bands need to beware of Darkness Eternal as George Velaetis and his one-man heathenish army are out to destroy all!
4/16/2007 - Review by: Al Kikuras
Darkness Eternal - Misanthropic Annihilation - 2005 - Autopsy Kitchen
--Al Kikuras 02.10.07
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