Dawn of the Suffering
2000, Independent Release
Darkness Eternal, "Dawn of the Suffering"
Darkness Eternal is the vision of George Velaetis, who writes and performs all the music on this disc, and his vision is one of bleak, distant death metal, the likes of which haven't been seen since Pillard took 3/4's of Incantation with him on his way out the door. Unrelentingly heavy and oppressive, Darkness Eternal has managed to not just recreate, but revive the long lost sound of atmospheric American death metal. There's not one note on this disc that speaks to anything but morbid despair and though the songs may occasionally blast up in an attempt to shake out of depressive mire, they're inevitable sucked back down, carrying you with them. Just listen to the doom soaked riffing of The Final Conquest, the clean guitar breakdown in Mass Suicide that works so well or the bell-like guitars that toll out in the opening of The Burning Waters of Acheron and you'll be hard pressed to deny that the guy knows a thing or two about the arcane arts of creating sickly, withered death metal. If you can find it, try to ignore the artwork and just get it.
The Final Conquest