Review Summary: One by one, Lithuania’s metal acts are making waves.
In the utter absence of any information about the surfacing of a new release by an obscure band, the first sign of evidence that compels/deters towards/from further investigation, is (with great bias) the album artwork. Now, Sisyphean’s album cover itself, is strong enough in providing the foundations of a dystopic narrative. The swarm of faceless figures in the dark, the band’s name hinting at the timeless Hellenic myth, and the “The Nest” lyrics combined, could be lamenting the (increasingly futile) strife of modern individual for truly reaching out/connecting to his/her peers, especially in an era where digital social networks have come to do the exact opposite. Lyrically, Illusions of Eternity
touches upon analogous subjects, with the Lithuanians’ English proficiency opaquing, more often than not, the clarity and immediacy of their written word. Musically, however, the band has outed an album that is convincingly emanating the dire vibes, found in the aforementioned sites of the package.
Nominally, Illusions of Eternity
pole dances around death/black metal. However, within a recurring pattern that works really well, much slower and groovier tempos are also being hauled; at fewer instances, the rhythm section is allowed to catch some breathers. The element, however, that grants the album its special character, is the existence of lead guitar melodies (either from the nu- or the post- metal ends), “generic” in design, but efficient in invoking a profound sense of innate despondency. This is the case in tracks like “Nekrokatarsis” or “Shattered Glass”, where an ensemble of melodies encompassing the initial one, are put to work. Sisyphean’s musicianship carries the plan devised precisely, without engaging in ostentatious instrumental aberrations, while the same sense of economy engulfs the arrangements. While the album works well as a whole, abstractions from its central character are evident in the doom/latent industrial demeanor of “The Nest”, or in the epic album closer “Transfigurations” where the blues, post- and black metal elements make for an interesting combo.
In the absence of any official broadcasting source regarding the EP Sisyphean released in 2014, vague comparisons can be made about Sisyphean’s musical advancement with Illusions of Eternity
. What’s dead-certain though, is that Lithuanians need to improve in the lyrics sector, should they choose to express themselves in English, in releases to come. Be that as it may, Sisyphean are a force to be reckoned with in the realm of extreme metal, and along with recently emerged compatriot powerhouses like Au-Dessus, are expected to sprawl the seemingly nascent Lithuanian metal scene out of its borders.