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ERIMHA

Reign Through Immortality

(Victory Records)

Reviewed by : Kelley Simms
Rating : 7.0

Montréal blackened symphonic metal band ERIMHA bases its lyrics on Mesopotamian culture. On its sophomore full-length effort, Reign Through Immortality, Erimha has created a concept album based on a Sumerian king.

Consisting of members Gore (vocals), Ksaos (drums), Kthien (rhythm guitar), Dlusternas (lead guitar), Lykan (bass) and Sethyus (keyboards), the band possess a technical, symphonic ability with well-orchestrated keyboard arrangements similar to DIMMU BORGIR, NECRONOMICON and BEHEMOTH. Ksaos is an exceptional drummer as he constantly injects some quick fills and militaristic syncopated beats.

After the brief intro, ‘Condemned To Desolation’ begins with swirling orchestral melodies amidst aggressive guitar riffs, blast beats and Gore’s raspy barks. The lyrics portray the king being condemned of treason, ostracized by his people and isolated from civilization. ‘Bewildering Nightmare’ is about Ereshkigal, the goddess of Irkalla (Hell). It’s a horror movie soundtrack decorated with eerie melodies, chanting background choir vocals and tubular bells.

The definitive Erimha tune has to be the epic ten-plus minute finale ‘Metempsychosis.’ Divided into two acts, its militaristic drum rudiments, furious tremolo picking, blistering blast beats and evil Shagrath-like vocals gives the song a soaring, cosmic and dramatic presence. Gore’s vocals could have been a little crisper in the overall mix, as sometimes you have to strain to hear the lyrics. And unless you’re following along with the CD lyric book, Gore’s words are a bit difficult to decipher at times.

It’s hard enough for a newer band like Erimha to try and carve out an identity playing this niche sub-genre of metal, but there are plenty of other bands out there who have been playing this style much longer and do it much better than Erimha. But that doesn’t mean that Reign Through Immortality isn’t good in its own right or isn’t worthy of your time, because it certainly is.




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