(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)
Coming on Tuesday, August 8th, Brooklyn, New York’s heaviest export, Eternal Black, return with their full-length debut. Yes, after a couple previous EP efforts, the trio of guitarist/vocalist Ken Wohlrob, drummer Joe Wood and bassist Hal Miller have decided the time has come. The time is right indeed for unleashing their 7-song “Bleed The Days“, produced and mixed by Joe Kelly and Kol Marshall, recorded at Suburban Elvis Studios and mastered by none other than Tony Reed himself.
The three-headed beast known as Eternal Black wield an obliterating weapon of ass destruction. In other words, they will mercilessly pummel and punish your ass without refrain via the sonic stomping captured here. In typical EB fashion, the guys have yet again masterfully compiled their chaotic sound into a properly channeled assault of epic proportions. The crafting of sludge, the condensing of doom and ultimately, the abject dispensation of monstrous heaviness will hammer you senseless.
Impacted within the dense underbody of these seven tracks are Earth-shuddering riffs like those of intro song “The Lost, The Forgotten And The Undying“. As always, those riffs are the ever-endless fuel source for the Eternal Black generator. Once they are poured out, the piston-like rhythm section then provides the back-up to power them onward. Just give an ear to such heavyweights as the woeful “Stained Eyes On A Setting Sun” or the groovened title track “Bleed The Days“.
Never ones to sit idle on their stock ‘n trademarked sound, I picked up on some obvious experimentation from the guys on this album also. One of the most evident is Wohlrob’s use of heavier vocals at times, ones with a deeper baritone depth to them. I think the clearest example is provided on one of my favorite selections, “Snake Oil And Coffin Nails“. The vocals deliver while the Iommian inertia of said song remains paramount as Wood’s drumming provides a framing display keeping it all in place.
That song is followed up with a pair of back-to-back tracks that empitomize what we will refer to as the “then and now” of Eternal Black. We have the “then”, the traditional elements and sound of the band given to us via the crushing “Sea Of Graves“. The spinal-shattering body blow of a viciously thick ode comprised of the truest of doom essences. One where Miller’s bass lines are so destructively heavy they can reduce structures to powdered rubble.
That is epilogued by the “now”, the progression of the band, the willpower to experiment as unfurled with the ambient-enhanced “Into Nothing“. A melodically hypnotic instrumental song rife with haunting character and inherit mystique to it. Once heard, you will not soon forget the vibes evoked by it, the uncertain unknown hinted at and held over you within its confines.
In fact, that should be the desired, and resulting, affect that this entire album will render unto you upon hearing. It is as certain as death itself with the album-closing “All Gods Fail“, the final stroke of doomened finality that provides the gradual, eventual end to Eternal Black‘s “Bleed The Days“. It is my opinion that this album is the definitive masterpiece opus from the blackened brotherhood from Brooklyn thus far, as should be. Making its lasting mark in the annals of doom history as well as scarring your very soul also in the process.
Source: Riff Relevant