Meliora is my first introduction to Eryn Non Dae’s darkened craft to the breaking and exploration of musical boundaries by the further extension of their reach in the musical spectrum. This disintegrating of being a “stranger” approach is rather, a pretty bold move and a successful one at that. Eryn Non Dae has involved and embraced the myriads of different influences, ranging from angst of hardcore music, the experimental nature of avant-garde and lastly, to the down-right, dirty trenches of doom metal. This odd fusion of sounds is sure to induce the raising of eyebrows, however the thoughts of scepticism can be forgiven. For far too long, stagnation has been plaguing the music world, an overflowing number of bands that work within the safety of the established forms. Sure, there are some worthy names that are able to dare, but how many are there? For few have been worthy to cross such paths, or even made a significant impact with their works. As such, Meliora should be seen as a musical statement against stagnation. Well, at least Eryn Non Dae is keeping things interesting.
Now still keeping things at base level, the different influences, they stand firmly on equal grounds and serves to be mutually important in terms of both contribution and a representation of the part that it delivers. This eclectic combination has also proven to be a major task at hand, however even with such extreme ends of musical aesthetics to meet, the sense of unity is still present and achieved. Now, to accomplish the act of such is not easy since the song writing department has to thrive from some important aspects, namely the members’ creativities to develop them and also, the capabilities to incorporate them correctly. The incorporation part should be well defined from the contexts in Meliora. However, the development part is greatly lacking in such elaborated details, an underdevelopment of ideas which might have the potential to go even further. This unforeseen restriction has caused Meliora to possess a rocky control of flow. The need for development is clearly there and I can see that Eryn Non Dae is definitely trying. However, flowing as it might all seem, but not passing through as seamlessly as I thought it will be. Unfortunately, it is a loophole that is highly overlooked.
Moving on to the aspects of the sounds, the atmosphere that is being summoned is immense and overwhelming, probably due to the influences from the extreme aesthetics that it draws from. As a result, listeners will most often find themselves gradually sinking into a whirlpool of suffocating sounds, a slow process that drains you of your very life. One interesting characteristic that Meliora possess is probably the clever usage of passages to indicate the levels of higher and lower points. For that matter, the doom-laden passages are the blocking blocks to a very strong foundation, and they are scattered amidst the droning chaos, embellished with intricate drum works. It advances until a climax whereby a “demolition” takes place, and when it does, it crushes down heavily to the very core of the said foundation. The progression of Meliora is like a repetitive process of buildings and demolitions littered with unintelligible screams of heartfelt anger, only to be driven forward with the onset of intense guitar works.
Meliora is probably an appropriate representation to the bending of norms, be it song structures or musical influences. It is often difficult to put a finger on a particular sound that Eryn Non Dae embraces since the area that they cover is far too wide. However at the same time, there is too much to take in, a challenge that poses even to the heaviest of ears. Meliora is an album that needs ample time to be consumed in it’s entirely, it is a musical revelation that can be further understood from the number of listens. Catering to the small community of listeners out there who might be interested, it is definitely a cut above the rest. This is Eryn Non Dae, this is the END.
About the Author
This is what I feel about my favourite genre in metal:
Black Metal is a timeless piece of magic(k)al art that is not limited by boundaries. Be it musical or aesthetics wise, it contains an honest and raw essence that is capable of not only satisfying the most abrasive of listening ears, but also an elevation to a higher state of transcendence. For years, the sphere of what we considered Black Metal has since expanded. It is mainly because of the myriads of influences that have been brought into the genre itself. Moreover, the influx of experimentations has rendered traditional Black Metal characteristics invalid. This is another trait that attracted me, for one, artists could then create their own art which allow the categorisation of Black Metal to be a certain state of emotional and feelings, rather than that of musical qualities. However, it is still mostly a personal experience to undergo. For the most part, it is different for everyone and I definitely respect that. Listening to Black Metal for me is like opening the floodgates to an ever-flowing source of energies where they are being channelled and manifested in the form of music which we are able to comprehend. Through passion and dedication, one will be able to realise the true potential of the magick that is in work. With that set into stone, the occurrence of change as we know it will be bestowed upon the listeners themselves where they will bask in all the glory and rewards. It is like an endless quest on the path towards spirituality.
Axis of Metal is me showing my appreciation to the music that has been keeping me alive. I also have a personal blog -Thelightoftheinvictus.tumblr.com which I write reviews for during my free time. I am always open to views, discussions and criticism. So, shoot me an email if you would like to talk :)