Saturday 15 June 2019

Eternal Black - Slow Burn Suicide (Album Review)

Release date: June 13th 2019. Label: Self Released. Format: DD

Slow Burn Suicide – Tracklisting

1.All These Things Destroy You... 01:21
2.Lost in the Fade 06:34
3.Below 04:42
4.The Ghost 05:21
5.Sum of All Fears 04:53
6.A Desert of No Name 05:13
7.Three Fates 02:54
8.Sinners, Saints, and Madmen 04:36
9.All These Things (Slight Return) 02:22


Hal Miller: Bass,
Joe Wood: Drums,
Ken Wohlrob: Guitars, Vocals


Greetings All,

Old school doom, I’m a sucker for it. Simple and classic, massive low end, monstrous drums, and big, down tuned riffs can make the emptiest of souls feel a little warm and fuzzy inside. With their second album, Slow Burn Suicide, Brooklyn, New York's Eternal Black deliver old school doom in spades. The band most definitely carries their inspiration on their sleeves, you can hear the sounds of Saint Vitus throughout the record as the bands massive sound and growled, dark lyrics plunge deep into the heart and soul of the listener. While the style is old school, the sound is impressive, the record is impressively recorded and played with precision and a style all their own.

The record opens with All These Things Destroy You, a brief, doom filled, reverb laden instrumental that sets the mood for what is to come. Lost in the Fade is a classic riff heavy, massive drum filled rock track. Below follows with a killer groove and tons of swagger.

The Ghost keeps the darkness alive with a pummelling riff and a raging, face melting solo. An ominous tone brings in the heavy Sum Of All Fears. The band brings the fuzz to kick out the desert flavoured jam on A Desert Of No Name with a drum driven breakdown. The sombre, acoustic Three Fates soothes the soul a bit with an echo sound and buried distortion before giving way to Sinners, Saints, and Madmen. This plodding track kicks in with some serious, wah heavy riffage. The album closes almost as it began with All These Things Destroy You (slight return) bringing the dark, intense journey full circle.

Slow Burn Suicide is a testament to old school doom and the mighty power that it delivers. If you dig Saint Vitus, Orange Goblin, or the like, you definitely need to check out Eternal Black. They are worthy carriers of the torch for all things Doom. Dig on it!

- Todd S - Instagram @alltheghoststhathauntyou

Words by Todd Stealey