The whole concept of this intrigued me. Eoront is an atmospheric black metal project from Siberia. This is their third album.

Nature pours through the opening track “The Rain”. The drops of water can be heard and there is a crackling fire, but it’s as if the droplets are mystical. Darkness descends and with the drops in the background, a controlled and ferocious assault takes place. The wispy and capricious keyboard can be heard as the next dark assault gets underway. Mid way through “Two Worlds”, there is momentary reflection before the drum picks up the pace like a rising wind, then the tingling keyboard orchestrates as exciting and epic a black metal passage as you will hear. It is clear that time does not stand still as one intense passage leads to the next. The drum now leads the charge.

The bleak world, which Eoront’s music presents, is that of Fen and Winterfylleth. As I listened to “Genesis”, I was reminded in its mysticism of Dimmu Borgir’s “For All Tid”, but this is black and heavy and conveys the impression of devastation. Moods change impressively, and the keyboardist then provides the willowy magic to the accompaniment of a chunky rhythm. This album flows with energy as dark passages merge and generate excitement. “The Glow” starts expansively as harshness weaves its way in, before a hypnotic guitar and drum section take over. It’s a surprisingly smooth and thrilling ride through thick black clouds. The whistling keyboard, which is what you get in some progressive metal bands, is prominent again at the start of “The Sea”. Another dark and colourful adventure ensues. Above all, the structures are powerful rather than melancholic or gloomy. Such is the beginning of “Dreamcatcher”. Pumping drums and steady patterns of ferocious darkness break up the haunting air. “Dreamcatcher” indeed develops a dreamlike quality as the heavy rhythm transforms into an ethereal piece, which is reminiscent of post metal. The detail and subtlety of the passages are amazing. After being taken to the heights, “The Order of Light” is more thunderous and heavy. A melodic riff line runs through it. But like a heartbeat, it lives and we are guided through another imaginative and colourful experience.

What is so apparent about this constantly evolving work is the band has had many good and clear ideas of how to generate atmospheres, and then succeed in delivering them. The flow and transformations are logical and gripping. Some of the passages are magical. Technically and creatively, “Another Realm” is a very good album indeed

(9/10 Andrew Doherty)