Esoctrilihum
Urionhsol (Seven Demons)


4.0
excellent

Review

by Sowing STAFF
November 30th, 2021 | 18 replies


Release Date: 08/29/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An EP that lives up to Esoctrilihum’s ever-ascending reputation

Asthâghul is just a different breed. The man behind blackened death metal project Esoctrilihum not only churns out albums at an almost unfathomable pace, but also clears a high bar each time. His latest piece, Dy'th Requiem for the Serpent Telepath, was his sixth full-length LP in five years and arguably his most well-received. The 2021 album of the year contender demonstrated continued growth from 2020’s Eternity of Shaog without sacrificing any of the brazen creativity that makes this project so special. Yet another 2021 release has been yielded to us courtesy of Asthâghul’s enviable work ethic: Urionhsol (Seven Demons) follows up Dy'th Requiem for the Serpent Telepath’s beautifully orchestrated madness with yet another powerful release to spellbind and petrify listeners. Offering a delightfully deranged thirty-five minutes’ worth of dense, ominous hellscapes, it’s an EP that lives up to Esoctrilihum’s ever-ascending reputation.

Urionhsol (Seven Demons) could be seen as a brief showcase of Asthâghul’s greatest strengths. The unpredictable and ever-changing scream techniques present on the title track demonstrate why Esoctrilihum is such an untraditionally palatable artist, weaving such moments of intensity between his rhythmic barks and snarls in a brilliant depiction of his versatile skillset. His intense delivery is what makes Esoctrilihum’s music feel so demonic and otherworldly, and ‘Urionhsol (Seven Demons)’ portrays how his unique vocal style could be an asset to a wide range of atmospheric settings. The title track also shows how off-the-wall his songwriting really is, delivering one of Esoctrilihum’s most brutal assaults in what is also perhaps his most synth-driven track to date; Dy'th Requiem fans might look to ‘Salhn’ as a point of reference for the heavy synth integration alone, but ‘Urionhsol’ is arguably even bleaker. Opener ‘Surthin’ is a lightning storm of riffs that also sees his drums pummeled so unforgivingly that you’d wonder if the skins survived, while the twenty-one minute closer ‘Zi Dynh Gtir’ is more spacious – violins and gorgeous synths opening up the song’s atmosphere like a beautiful ravine that drops straight into the raging fires of Earth’s core when Asthâghul flips that switch and plunges the music into total darkness again. It’s both breathtaking and terrifying, which seems like a pretty good summation for what Esoctrilihum brings to the table with each successive release.

Esoctrilihum is a truly inventive and forward-thinking artist who deserves your attention regardless of your typical genre preferences, and Urionhsol (Seven Demons) is merely further proof of that. Few artists could conjure up something this eerie, adventurous, and avant-garde – let alone in such short order. Then again, that’s basically par for the course with Esoctrilihum: daunting, boundary-pushing black/death metal that sounds like everything imaginable, but is churned out like it’s nothing.




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TheSpirit
November 30th 2021


28944 Comments


now wait a dang minute

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TheSpirit
November 30th 2021


28944 Comments


c'mon ya'll we need to support #sowingmetal so he reviews black metal more

arf
November 30th 2021


139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks for the tip

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Sunnyvale
Contributing Reviewer
November 30th 2021


3221 Comments


Registering my support!

Great review, haven't checked this but I dig the LP from earlier this year.

DavidYowi
November 30th 2021


2086 Comments


does this motherfucker ever sleep???

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Sowing
Moderator
November 30th 2021


40005 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I prefer the LP to the EP but this is still great. This was more of a raising awareness review because lots of people still haven't heard of Esoctrilihum.

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
November 30th 2021


16145 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

--does this motherfucker ever sleep???--



Does this refer to the guy who pumps out a dense as fuck black metal album on a yearly rate and a few EPs to boot



or



the esteemed reviewing tour de force coming up to an impressive 600th review for the site?



Real questions. Crimes solved.

Slex
December 1st 2021


12705 Comments


Well okay dang I need to check this and the LP out

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normaloctagon
December 1st 2021


7903 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

massive, might be my favorite EP of the year

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Sowing
Moderator
December 1st 2021


40005 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Slex check Eternity of Shaog and this year's LP

garas
Contributing Reviewer
December 1st 2021


6911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Very pleased to see this reviewed. Thanks Sowing, this EP rules.

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2021


16145 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Sowing dropping some serious metal recs in the comments. It’s good to see.

Elynna
December 1st 2021


1073 Comments


Asthâghul is one of the best active metal artists imo (and certainly the most prolific lol). I haven't checked this EP yet, but I will soon

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Sowing
Moderator
December 1st 2021


40005 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is like the most esoctrilihum release I've heard; so I don't anticipate it changing anyone's mind although you're welcome to try

TheSpirit
December 1st 2021


28944 Comments


Sowing listen to this next

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeku33VTWto


Muzz79
December 1st 2021


1528 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gotta hear this

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CaptainDooRight
December 3rd 2021


5093 Comments


why seven demons? Why not 8? Why not 6?

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MiloRuggles
Staff Reviewer
December 3rd 2021


1747 Comments


noooooooooiiiiiiiiiiiiiiccccccccceeeeeeee, Sow
>something about his production that bugs me
It's dirty and impure and unpredictable and sounds a hell of a lot better than the surgical nothingness that envelops large swathes of modern metal
This dude makes music faster than I can listen to it



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