Eole’s self-released CD album Here and Now sees the metallers reining in the amplifier worship. Instead we get prog-inspired neo-folk and experimental acoustic music. There may be ambient interludes and dense fingerpicking, but this is still a heavy collection of forward thinking folk. These are surely the bleakest acoustic guitar sounds you’ll hear all year.
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The front cover suggests the kind of metal quest that comes around once in a fantastical lifetime: a viking ship heading over the mountains and escaping into the moon. It happened to me once but I was really young and I don’t remember it so don’t @ me. Eole, who would usually be making bleak-as-hell metal, have here dropped the grandstanding and are plucking guitars ad infinitum, their pastoral ambient ballads evoking empty, twilit spaces where magical beasts snooze.
There’s not much to say beyond a couple of obvious clarifications: this isn’t the super-medieval kind of metal-gone-folk music you hear from Ulver, nor is it folk metal in the way a band like Primordial do it; rather, it’s a full-on folk record that feels both proggy and modern, enjoyable for both its emotive melodies and its relative stillness. Without adding too much to their arrangements, they build a gentle climax into the ten minute ascension of “Here and Now”, whereas “Non-moral Universe” is content to repeat its motif as aided by melodic backup, only entering its second, ambient-drenched phase after a long wander through the woods.
This record is essentially an extremely chill acoustic record in an ominous, sub-zero atmosphere. Bring a coat and a friend to hug.
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