Cult of Eibon - Lycan Twilight Sorcery
Iron Bonehead Productions
Epic Black Metal
7 songs (32'15")
Release year: 2017
Reviewed by Alex
Surprise of the month

If I didn’t know the country of origin for the Greek Cult of Eibon, I still would have said that their 2nd installment, EP Lycan Twilight Sorcery, sounds an awful lot like classical Hellenistic black metal of the 90s. The early heydays of Rotting Christ and Varathron, more primitive, rawer, are relived with Lycan Twilight Sorcery. Cult of Eibon delivers the same storytelling and mystical atmosphere the style is most famous for.

After an intro The Final Transformation featuring water dripping in a cavern that sees no stars, The Dweller of the Woods opens up with deliberate mid-paced rollicking riffs. Every touch applied matters here. It is like circular saw is coming in contact with matter, first probing and touching slowly, gradually building, all the way to jackhammer speed. And so it goes quite often, Wolf Blood Communion also setting up the table with patient riffs before full blasting. Sometimes it is in reverse, beginning from the rapid paced percussion similar to Rotting Christ’s Aeallo on the title track and Xothic Bloodlines ending up with mid-paced epic riffing and melodic solos (Wolf Blood Communion, Dominions of the Serpent Moon). Instrumental inserts like Lykauges add brooding lower tuned melodic moments. To stay with the lycanthropy topic the EP’s tracks feel like a wolfpack attack, with the beasts circling, attacking, retreating and then repeating the cycle again.

The production on the EP is rather mature and clean, no trace of DIY low budget stuff, which only adds to the bombastic feel. The vocals are multiversed too. Cult of Eibon added Porphyrion (Kawir) on vocals and there are manly grunts with some backing extreme vocals as well, yet tracks like The Dweller of the Woods also feature something that sounds like a backing female voice modulation which only adds to the overall mystic atmosphere. A great find which doesn’t distract from the overall masculine black metal effort.

Killing Songs :
The Dweller of the Woods, Lycan Twilight Sorcery, Wolf Blood Communion
Alex quoted 80 / 100
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