ETERNAL SOLSTICE
“REMNANTS OF IMMORTALITY”
DARK DESCENT RECORDS

Ascending from this, present, nebulous vortex of great obscure bands of old, rekindling
their recording history, come
ETERNAL SOLSTICE, whom anyone into the
underground scene from the early to mid 1990s will surely remember. Furthermore, those
who heard them back then, will remember them fondly, as these guys were great. Though
saying this band has simply “rekindled” their musical journey may be misleading. The
band has released two splits since 2011 (with
DECREPITAPH in 2011 and the Godz of
Death,
PENTACLE in 2013), their first new material in 13 years following the
"DEMONIC FERILIZER" album in 1997. Making this slightly more of a continuation
than a reformation.  However they did it, its nice to have them back!
ETERNAL
SOLSTICE
can trace their history all of the way back to the late 1980s, and to one of my
favorite Dutch Death Metal acts ever,
SEMPITERNAL DEATHREIGN, by whose
spawn
ETERNAL SOLSTICE was given birth to. Happily, and in SEMPITERNAL
DEATHREIGN
fans case VERY happily, those origins are still on display, even 25+
years down the road. I've said this before, and on many occasions… One of the greatest
aspects of this current “everything old is new again” “trend”, movement or whatever
(besides demo compilations) is the fact that so many of the bands don’t seem to be
resurrected as crisp, clean, “Death Metal virtuoso”, remakes of their former selves. More
often then not (in my experience anyway), they seem to pick up right where they left off
and sometimes even regressing to those mystical, glory days of old. In this very batch of
CDs Burt asked me to review, we had
PUTRID OFFAL‘s new record, another fine
example of classic western European Death Metal reborn.
ETERNAL SOLSTICE, in
similar fashion, resurrect the old sound, from what I remember of it anyways, not hearing
any of their material past 1993.  Heavy Death Metal like old
GOREFEST and BOLT
THROWER
, sounding very much like I remember it sounding the first time I heard these
bands so many years ago. A darkened, gritty production, that old “CHUGGA,
CHUGGA, CHUGGA…” guitar sound and a steamroller rhythm section sounding like it
came right out of
NUCLEAR BLAST’s warehouse in 1991. Low points?  None of any
lasting importance, that‘s for sure.  Songs like “Recipe For Death” illicit those old feelings
of when this form of Death Metal was new and pure. I've never been a fan of change and if
something is good, more IS better.  Band’s sometimes change their sound, and sometimes
drastically, without changing the name. Seemingly not admitting they've changed, even to
themselves.  The most lasting high point here, absolutely, would be the fact that
ETERNAL SOLSTICE haven’t seemed to change thing one in their style, like the
passing of 20 years was merely 20 minutes.  This is not mere “remnants” of immortality,
this seems like true redemption.

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                                                                                              - Reviewed by Keith Dempe