Genre: Epic Black Metal Melodic Black Metal Symphonic Black Metal
Label: Evoken de Valhall Production Red Rivet Records
It seems that 2013 has bean a very important year for Japanese elegiac black metallers Ethereal Sin from Tokyo. On 20th of February they released a re-recorded, rearranged, remixed and remastered edition of their debut full length album “The Abyss will Also Gaze into Thee: Ricordo” and on September 20th they released their second album “Millendium“. Ethereal Sin were formed back in 1997 by Yama Darkblaze and they have undergone countless line-up changes and several breaks. Their first demo was released in 1997, followed by 4 more demos until 2003. Their first official work was the EP “The Cocoon and Ebony Thorns” in 1998, while their debut full-length album “The Abyss will Also Gaze into Thee” was released in 2009, followed by the EP “The Psalms of Forgotten Saga” in 2010. Additionally the band has released 2 DVDs and a compilation. Most of their releases were quite limited and sold out. Anyway, 16 years after the band’s birth, its second full-length album is finally out!
If you have only listened to the original version of their debut album, like me, you will be totally astonished by the overall improvement of the band in “Millendium“! But if you have checked the re-recorded version, which made the debut album almost unrecognizable, you would somehow be prepared. First of all their sound has nothing to do with the raw, almost “amateur” efforts of the past. The band has now great production, with a more polished sound, yet powerful and extreme. Their music is epic symphonic melodic black metal with soprano female vocals and black metal screams. “Millendium” contains 15 songs with a total duration over 57 minutes. The album has a very bombastic atmosphere, moving in fast tempo rhythms most of the time. The band has composed many wonderful melodies, with beautiful balance and interesting dialogues between symphonic and extreme metal. Melodic riffs and lead guitars are combined with majestic symphonic synths and a wide variety of vocals. Morgan Le-Fay’s operatic vocals are quite dominant in their sound and while she has a good voice, I sometimes find her vocals a little hyperbolic. Yama’s black metal screams are still influenced by Cradle of Filth, but he is improved very much compared to the first album and he has now a much more personal style. The band also uses choirs and clean vocals, as well as a few more quiet atmospheric passages, making the whole result much more interesting. ”Millendium” is a concept album, dealing with a war that ended an ancient Kingdom that prospered for a thousand years, thus the album title “end + millennium”. Their lyrics are in English with a few verses in Latin and Japanese, all available in the CD booklet.
Ethereal Sin made a really impressive comeback in 2013. ”Millendium” is recommended to fans of epic symphonic extreme metal who can also check the band’s re-recorded debut. I liked this album much more than what I expected. I believe though that things would be much better if it was shorter, with a more strict filtering, avoiding some indifferent moments. ”Millendium” is released by Red Rivet Records and Yama’s own label Evoken de Valhall Production, in a standard jewel case edition with 12-page booklet designed by Yama himself. You can visit the band’s official pages below for more info and sound samples.