Anachronaeon – The Ethereal Throne (2012)

Band: Anachronaeon
Album: The Ethereal Throne
Release date: January, 2012
Genre: Dark Metal
Label: Stygian Crypt Productions

Concept albums. You rarely come across these nowadays, don’t you?
“The Ethereal Throne”, Anachronaeon’s fourth album, is one of them though.
The Swedish duo describes their music as dark metal, and I find this term highly accurate,
as “The Ethereal Throne” could hardly be filed under mere melodic black or death metal, there are
so many more influences, but the concept’s and the lyrics’ mood makes dark metal a perfect
marker for this release. If I had to compare it to anything I could only mention Evemaster,
as they share the conceptuality and darkness in their releases.

So, imagine a man, blinded by religion, eager to do anything for the success of his quest
earning the Ethereal Throne, thus reserving a pleasant afterlife for himself.
The lyrics represent the diary of this man, describing his twisted mind, and his dark deeds,
and the story goes on and on leading to this man’s demise. The story is perfect, it caught me
right from the start and remained truly interesting until the end. I won’t spoil any more of it,
hear it for yourself.

As for the music itself it’s clear that Patrik (vocals/guitars/bass) and Andreas (drums) are skilled
musicians, and their music perfectly fits the lyrical concept. Dark lead melodies with fierce
tremolo picking are common through the entire piece as much as heavy rhythm guitars and
Iron Maiden-ish lead harmonies. Also, the music screams for oldschoolness, and I mean it as a compliment.
Amongst today’s overtechnical sweep based soloing concepts, there are a rare few, who
follows the old ways, and Patrik’s lead playing is like a blast from the past,
containing melodic runs and eighties tapping for example.
Unfortunately, sometimes the riffs and chord progressions are the bit overused ones,
and there are some really, I must say, boring rhythm guitar parts, and
the occasionally entering additional keyboard passages in the background are there
just to remind the listener how much it could enhance the atmosphere if they would have been used more.
Also, the music didn’t catch me that much. After I’ve listened through the album twice, I was still
a captive of the story, but could hardly remember any of the music.
I find the album is the strongest in the middle, and I think the best songs in the record are
“The Whereabouts Of My Father” and “Defying My Master”, but if you only plan to listen to some songs,
you’ll miss the strongest aspect of this album, the story, so do yourself a favor, and listen to it
from the beginning, ’till the end.

Pros:
– perfect story
– lead guitar work

Cons:
– can only be listened to as a whole
– many overused or boring rhythm guitar riffs
4/5 – A great concept makes this album a good one.

Bálint Kemény

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One Response to “Anachronaeon – The Ethereal Throne (2012)”

  1. Mario Alberto Barba Martinez Says:

    First time I listen to this band and I must say this is awesome !

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