Mysticism is something that can really draw you into any piece of material whether it be a novel or album, and when it’s mixed with other interesting elements well it can make a world of difference. Black metal is a wonderful vessel to bring a sense of mysticism to the mix like extremely few other genres, but you gotta take it in moderation if you want a balanced mix that actually sounds good. The first outing by French band Esoctrilihum trod that line masterfully well, and this debut is nothing to scoff at because of that.
One man bands always have so much promise because to take the challenge of single-handedly performing an entire band’s worth of music is a daunting one, to say the least. Yet, in my experience, it tends to work out quite nicely, and that trend continues with Esoctrilihum who is the umpteenth mastermind being a black metal band that I’ve seen, but he’s far from uninteresting because of that. In fact, the debut work that is “Mystic Echo From A Funeral Dimension” is anything but uninteresting. What we get with this record is an experience just shy of an hour long that explores a plane of existence the likes of which only black metal can venture to, and toss in wonderful string work, subtle melodies that hook you right in, vocals that call to you from another dimension, and a sense of atmosphere that’s all but stunning when taken in completely. When it’s all taken in at nine-minute doses we get an idea of what Esoctrilihum is going for with this debut, and it’s the sort of black metal that’s really thought to provoke yet it seems to only ask you to soak yourself into the rhythms and become embalmed by the lyrics that seal you down to rest. In its essence, “Mystic Echo From A Funeral Dimension” is a very tasteful approach to this style that shows off real character and develops something that many bands that go for a more atmospheric sound can’t really grasp half the time, yet Esoctrilihum pulled it off on the very first fucking try.
France has always been a place for black metal that really strikes the entire being of the listener, and I’ve yet to come across a band from that country that has disappointed me. Esoctrilihum does nothing but continues that amazing trend with his debut, and by the end, all I can say is that I’d love to hear more! Several layers fall right into place with “Mystic Echo From A Funeral Dimension” as it’s more than simply listening material, and once you get a taste of what this record has in store then you’ll be compelled to hear more.
“Mystic Echo From A Funeral Dimension” releases on July 28th via I, Voidhanger Records!
LISTEN to the intro track of the album via SoundCloud here or below.
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