Eternal Lord
Blessed Be This Nightmare


3.5
great

Review

by Aaron Moore USER (6 Reviews)
March 7th, 2010 | 47 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Eternal Lord will please fans of Ed Butcher & Deathcore, but will do little to nothing for dissenters of the genre.

Eternal Lord hail from Swindon, United Kingdom. The group released two EPs before the release of this record, Eternal Lord and Azriel/Eternal Lord, a split EP with Glasgow musicians Azriel. Through multiple lineup changes afterward, Eternal Lord with Ed Butcher, of I Killed The Prom Queen fame, released 2008's Blessed Be This Nightmare. The band broke up officially almost a year after the debut album's March 17th European release date, on January 6th, 2009. I came into this record expecting a continuation of the sound found on Music For The Recently Deceased, but instead received a sound akin to The Acacia Strain.

The first thing you'll notice with Eternal Lord is, Ed Butcher's improved vocals since his tenure in IKTPQ. He has much deeper lows than before, and his high vocals, while not being used as frequent as they were on Music For The Recently Deceased, seem more focused and as a result, are more enjoyable. The main problem with the vocals seem to be a severe lack of variation, and while listening to the first three or four tracks this may not be a problem, over time the constant high-low-high-low formula seems to get really old and monotonous.

Instrumentally, this record doesn't seem to do much out of what you've already heard in this genre. The guitars chug along, the drums seem to follow the riffs and come to a screeching halt during the breakdowns, and well the bass is no where to be heard. One track that definitely moves itself away from this formula is Amity. The track is all instrumental, the song starts off with a subtle acoustic guitar, and with time, later adds in more sounds along with the original acoustic riff. The song is by far one of the highlights of the record and one of the more calming songs after the constant assault of the previous tracks. Some songs attempt to include the calming effect of Amity, such as All Time High. The track ends with the guitar fading into dissonance, and a soothing piano outro is played till the end. While these sections are not necessarily needed, they do add a bit of variety to the tracks and are definitely a relief to the ears after the same formula of chugging that Eternal Lord constantly relies heavily on.

A huge positive to this record would have to be just how consistent it is. The record, while not exploring new ground, stays true to the formula that Eternal Lord have decided to use. A fan of this formula will see this in high regard, whereas a dissenter will find this as a severe problem with the band. Every track (excluding the instrumental Amity), features chugging riffs, a solid vocal performance, and 1-2 breakdowns that don't seem to pull the work down one bit. The breakdowns actually add to the sound, as with each song the track builds up to the breakdown and finally releases with said breakdown. While the album is quite consistent, the record does indeed have a tiny bit of filler. The intro track is completely unnecessary and is just a one minute continuous dissonant breakdown. While this doesn't pull down the record as a whole, it does in-fact serve no purpose to the band or the sound that they're attempting to create.

Eternal Lord, while not breaking any new ground in deathcore, has released a solid record full of force, energy, and consistency.


Recommended Tracks:
Get To ***
I, The Deceiver
Amity



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Carnifex
March 7th 2010


1918 Comments


Comments/Criticism would greatly be appreciated, this is my first review and hopefully not my last.

witchxrapist
March 7th 2010


11044 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

brutal

sexualsoybean
March 7th 2010


911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I feel like this review could be about nearly any metal/deathcore band out there. But thats pretty apt since Eternal Lord doesnt really sound much different from anything else in its genre.

Its a decent album however and it makes the 12s in my car bump when they hit with that low bass.

sspedding
March 7th 2010


4773 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"Eternal Lord hail from Swindon, United Kingdom. The group released no material until Ed Butcher, of I Killed The Prom Queen
fame, joined their ranks and released 2008's Blessed Be This Nightmare"

this is wrong. They had an EP with a pretty much totally different line up.

Also, "come to a screeching hault during the breakdowns" - halt*

Thought this album had some decent songs. But was infact full of filler.

Carnifex
March 7th 2010


1918 Comments


Well that's pretty much what I was trying to portray, while the album doesn't stand out from anything else it's really consistent and enjoyable.

Carnifex
March 7th 2010


1918 Comments


this is wrong. They had an EP with a pretty much totally different line up.


Fixing this now, knew they did, worded the sentences wrong. Hold up.

EDIT: Everything should be fixed now.

sspedding
March 7th 2010


4773 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nice one pal. Decent first review.

Emim
March 7th 2010


26646 Comments


^123

cvlts
March 7th 2010


8967 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this sounds cool. I like tas

Carnifex
March 7th 2010


1918 Comments


I say check out the recommended tracks and if you enjoy those, check out the album.

combustion07
March 7th 2010


5376 Comments


I used to play this all the time when it first came out, one of the few deathcore releases I really liked. Good review

TheSpirit
March 7th 2010


17930 Comments


I really Ed Butchers voice and when i heard he had joined Eternal Lord i was excited at the prospect of him being in a more extreme outfit than IKTPQ, but i was ultimately disappointed by this album

Carnifex
March 7th 2010


1918 Comments


Thanks man, any criticism?

cvlts
March 7th 2010


8967 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

oh shit, this your first review?

pos.

TheSpirit
March 7th 2010


17930 Comments


It's very good, i can't find anything wrong with it...pos.

Carnifex
March 7th 2010


1918 Comments


Yeah this is my first, rofl. Wow, this must be really good. Better than I thought.

cvlts
March 7th 2010


8967 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I gotta ask Carnifex, do you love Carnifex?lol

bloozclooz
March 7th 2010


1770 Comments


Used to really love IKTPQ a few years back. But it got old pretty quick. A good review, but I'm not seeing this as "great"

Carnifex
March 7th 2010


1918 Comments


Yeah I really enjoy Carnifex, my favorite deathcore band. Plus I like the meaning of the word, so I used it as my name here. :P

What do you see it as then? I could probably see it coming across as Average.

bloozclooz
March 7th 2010


1770 Comments


Yeah average more like it. I recently reviewed from the shallows. Some pretty good 'core. Sexy first review dude



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