Runemagick
The Supreme Force of Eternity


4.5
superb

Review

by hectorkemp USER (2 Reviews)
December 4th, 2009 | 83 replies | 7,805 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An extremely underrated Death Metal release from Runemagick

Runemagick are a Death Metal band that was formed in 1990 in Sweden. They are known for incorporating doom metal into their sound, as well as being influenced by such bands as Bathory and Entombed. They are not very well known, even in the metal underground, but they have still managed to release 10 full length albums to date. Their first full-length, The Supreme Force of Eternity, was released in 1998 on Century Media Records.

A lot of those who know Runemagick know them for their derivative and mediocre releases later in their career, the worst being Requiem of the Apocalypse. Many tend to overlook a band’s discography when they hear about one disappointing release. This can be exacerbated if the band is underground, and many do not get the recognition they deserve in the metal community. Runemagick is a band that suffers from this, as their debut album is simply a Death Metal clinic.

When first hearing the album, the listener is overcome with catchy guitar hooks and vocals that sound like a cross of L.G. Petrov of Entombed and Max Cavalera of Sepultura. The opening track, “At the Horizons End”, is an eight minute epic featuring plodding doom metal sections akin to Autopsy or Asphyx. The song also draws from Entombed or even Morbid Angel in the faster death metal sections as they are liberal in their use of double-bass. In most of the songs, the guitars lean to the more melodic side of death metal, relying on the use of melody as opposed to all out brutality or speed. Another highlight is “Nocturnal Creation” which bears a passing resemblance to “Demons Gate” by Candlemass. The Lyrical matter is somewhat similar to the usual obsession with death and such, but some songs such as "At the Horizons End" divert from this significantly venturing more into the abstract.

A positive of this album is the crisp and clear production, which is unusual considering the underground status of this band, and comparing it to other releases of 1998, such as Deathcult for Eternity by the Chasm, it fares much better. All of the instruments can be clearly defined, except the bass, which is a little low in the mix. Another strong feature of the production is that the cymbals do not blend into the drum sound, which plagues many otherwise good death metal releases.

This album is a great, fiercely underrated debut by Runemagick, and contains all of the elements of a good death metal release. The album is quite hard to find on CD, but then again, there is always a simple blog search.
Highlights:

At The Horizons End
The Black Wall
Nocturnal Creation


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FistfulOfSteel
December 4th 2009



894 Comments


ive heard about these guys, stupid band name though. gonna check this out.

Mags172
December 4th 2009



127 Comments


The band name doesn't really sound stupid, it just sounds like a power metal band other than a death metal band. I'll check this out though, sounds good. Also really good review.

hectorkemp
December 5th 2009



53 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

more feedback would be appreciated

Asiatic667
December 5th 2009



4648 Comments


too bad i don't really listen to death metal, because that cover is BAD ASS

BallsToTheWall
December 5th 2009



44164 Comments


Nice review will defintiey check out.

jingledeath
April 24th 2010



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So fucking good. More people need to hear this.

Hawks
June 17th 2010



35446 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Don't know what made me check this out, but I did and it's really good. Bordering on a 4 right now.

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jingledeath
May 15th 2011



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

band needs more love

ShadowRemains
May 15th 2011



20494 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

crushes

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
May 15th 2011



18248 Comments


Rules, kind of reminds me of The Chasm a little bit.

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HenchmanOfSanta
June 3rd 2011



1857 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ratings accurately reflect what my penis looks like when I'm listening to this.

KILL
September 3rd 2011



71253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sweet meloriffs

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ShadowRemains
September 22nd 2011



20494 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ya man

KILL
October 15th 2011



71253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dude this album fuckin rules

KILL
October 15th 2011



71253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dude if i want crush i will listen to crush hard but when i want meloriffs im coming here

KILL
October 15th 2011



71253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol ive only ever liked like 3 in flames albums and i still listen to them

the jester race will always be a classic, you used to have it 5'd remember fade

KILL
October 18th 2011



71253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

NOCTURNAL CREATIOOOOOON

KILL
November 25th 2011



71253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sweet meloriffs [2]

KILL
March 14th 2012



71253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

NOCTURNAL CREATIOOOOOON

KILL
April 13th 2012



71253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

is there a better album?



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