Ea
Ea II


3.0
good

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
November 23rd, 2011 | 18 replies | 2,318 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Russia’s Ea are buried beneath a dark and cosmic veil, one which separates the band from reality through their mysterious and inexplicable music. Now don’t get me wrong, this is all quite exciting - but what are Ea really? Yes, that’s right; they’re just another funeral doom band. I’m not one to be fazed by the hordes of funeral doom groups pandering to the tenets of consumerism, but it is a teensy weensy bit irritating when a band seems to earn a reputation purely based on their obscurity, which is, in my opinion, mostly manufactured. However, let me change my tack here for a second – Ea are quite good. Their second album, appropriately named Ea II, consists of two untitled funeral dirges, which flow in and out of depressing soundscapes, tranquil ambiance and monolithic turmoil. But really, it’s not that amazing, and it’s not hugely notable in terms of the entire genre, so in that respect I’m left a little disappointed when hearing the band for the first time after being dragged a little down the line by the hype train.

The one thing Ea certainly have all figured out is constructing a fluid and enveloping atmosphere – the hum of synth, background choirs, saturating riffs, piano interludes, all of which collude and provide a snug cushion for the mournful lead guitar and the guttural vocals. Ea may be from Russia, but they’re far more appropriately compared with Finnish bands such as Colosseum, Shape of Despair, or, to a far lesser extent, funeral doom legends Skepticism. In fact, the more the band steep themselves in contemporary funeral doom lore and further away from the inventiveness and innovation of bands like Skepticism, the more critical I become – we’ve just heard all of this before. And that’s what the real ‘X-factor’ is here – if you want some epic, glacial funeral doom that you can pore over, Ea will provide only temporary relief. While I know for sure that albums like Farmakon will be still on my general playlists in the future, Ea II will probably not, despite the fact their brand of ‘accessible’ funeral doom washes over the listener with remarkable ease.

Undoubtedly, the composition here is very good - the term ‘epic’ does not even begin to describe it. Each track begins slowly and churns through heart-wrenching and mind-melting movements. Both tracks certainly have their moments, and while I am picky when it comes to my doom, Ea II is certainly well-constructed and enjoyable. What irks me the most though is that despite the band’s talent, the only thing that separates them from the majority of other funeral doom acts is the fact that nothing is known about them, and this sense of obscurity makes them just that little bit more sought after. It must be noted though that Ea are from Russia, and this is rather significant – you could expect something like this from Finland, but coming from Russia, which along with many other Eastern European countries is awash with generic and trite doom of all kinds, is certainly surprising. Perhaps in the Russian scene, Ea are paving the way for a newer, more mature contemporary style, but in an overall perspective, Ea get their doom on for two doomy tracks, and leave the listener a little more doomed than they were before. But this is definitely not the end of the world kind of doom, and these days it’s hard to settle for any less.



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rasputin
November 23rd 2011



14504 Comments


written early 2010

really like this review, but it was hard to give it a rating. I enjoy the record but it bothers me in a lot of respects. it's probably something like a 3.3/5, and I was going to round up but a reread made me decide not to - there''s a touch more criticism than praise.

DDconjoined
November 23rd 2011



326 Comments


ahh this reminds me of the late great Crimson. pos'd

rasputin
November 23rd 2011



14504 Comments


cheers bruz

kitsch
November 23rd 2011



5105 Comments


hey man whats up

nifty review

Wizard
November 23rd 2011



18757 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn I'm loving your flood of reviews on this site, steer the children in the right direction!!!

This sounds good.

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taylormemer
November 23rd 2011



4887 Comments


I approve.

scissorlocked
November 23rd 2011



3479 Comments


dooomy

good review, pos

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 23rd 2011



15977 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

review isn't slow enough

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rasputin
November 23rd 2011



14504 Comments


this is far from the best

it's not even ea's best

taylormemer
November 23rd 2011



4887 Comments


Don't tell him Berk

rasputin
November 23rd 2011



14504 Comments


their best is

taylormemer
November 23rd 2011



4887 Comments


Sorry man. Rasp doesn't go to college. You got no idea.

rasputin
November 23rd 2011



14504 Comments


college is for suckers

eternium
November 23rd 2011



16207 Comments


I feel like I would enjoy this.

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DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
November 24th 2011



8581 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i like this more than you but i do agree with the review. i could just eat up funeral doom like this forever so the "done before"-ness doesn't bother me quite that much.

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DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
November 24th 2011



8581 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hi riff!! :]

Counterfeit
November 24th 2011



17819 Comments


E-A SPORTS

ITS IN THE GAME

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
November 24th 2011



8581 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

even in the darkest depths of funeral doom youre the light that guides me :]


awwwww!! you make noctus blush and giggle! :]



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