2001, Independent Release
Darkness Eternal, "Satanchrist"
Satanchrist is the second album from Darkness Eternal, the death/doom project of Canada's George Velaetis and it continues to improve on the sound introduced on the previous effort, Dawn of the Suffering. This time, George sounds far more confident as a musician, especially on the drums, where he now pushes the songs with powerful blasting and creative open sections. The Darkness Eternal sound and scope has become more complex and dark, as you can hear immediately on the opening title track, the majestic Cursed to an Eternal Damnation or blasting section that begins at 2:25 of Entering the World of the Dead. Nearly every song has riffs worth killing for, and the song structures have become far more interesting with more complicated and frightening transitions between sections. These improvements are all amplified by the improved production, which is quite good, despite the annoying overuse of reverb on the vocals. He's got a decent voice, stop burying it in echo! Small hairs to split on a release this good, though.
With Satanchrist, Darkness Eternal has evolved from primitive bludgeoning to more precise attacks, but it's got the same brain-encrusted mallet strapped to it's fist. If you've been missing the real deal, look no further.
Cursed to an Eternal Damnation