"AGAINST ALL ODDS"
Born back in 2003 out of Cave, Ireland comes the great ETERNAL HELCARAXE with
their debut full length "AGAINST ALL ODDS". The bands name is taken from J.R.R.
Tolken's "Silmarillion" which is The Grinding Ice that lays between Aman and Middle
Earth in the North of the world. From knowing this you would expect epic Folk Metal
inspired Black Metal and you would be right. The music does have that feel to it, but is
more in the vein of Vikings and Warriors than Folk Metal. The music has a very cold vibe
that blankets their music which provokes harsh and desperate times of survival. There are
some really fast and aggressive raw parts which bring to mind epic battles of war and
dominance. The music has a very strong early European Black Metal style and sound that
takes me back to the early '90's. It reminded me of a lot of the Black metal bands that were
on WORLD WAR III RECORDS and NECROPOLIS RECORDS back in the day.
There are clean guitars mixed with raw Black Metal guitars surrounded by raw and blasting
drums and accompanied by harsh and gritty Black Metal vocals. They do mix up the vocals
from time to time, by throwing in some cleaner ones. The over all atmosphere of their
sound is one of epic sounds that create a whole new world in your mind as you listen. I
have been a fan of these guys for a few years now and they just get more creative and delve
deeper to come up with some dynamic and powerful music that will leave a strong
impression on you that will not soon be forgotten. ETERNAL HELCARAXE is probably
the best band I have ever heard come out of Ireland. One of the more diverse and impressive
Black Metal bands of the 2000's. An absolute must for fans of extreme Black Metal with
touches of Folk and Viking Metal mixed in. These guys are the Black Metal version of