"Revelations, Aurora of an Epoch"

By Dr. Abner Mality

Something funny is in the water up in Canada. The bands from there seem to have an extra level of quirkiness and a greater desire to experiment than their brethern from the States.  I think of Protokult and Falstaf, for starters. Now we kick things up a notch with Eohum. Are you ready for FRENCH HORN METAL?

I can give extra points to these guys just for their sheer audacity. They are willing to mix things up in a major way...not just minor tweaks here and there. Yes, they have integrated a full horn section into their eclectic metal style, with the mournful call of the French Horn being most prominent. That's a first, as far as I can tell. But their experimentation doesn't end there. Thrash, folk metal, black metal, doom, rap and spoken word all find their way into Eohum. "Revelations, Aurora of an Epoch" is a wildly uneven album, with successful experiments lodged right next to horrendous failures.

The album begins and ends with bizarre beatnik monologues delivered by a woman who sounds like young Maya Angelou. Pretentious open verse, with flute and piano. The stench of hipster permeates it. I can't stand it...period. If this was all Eohum had to offer, my review would be done, but with "Rooted Deep Within", I was kicked into full wakefulness by a raging, thrashing instrumental. The horns here perfectly embellish the killer riffing and give the song a barbaric, war-like feel! Cool stuff! "Equatorial Rains" gives us more of a melodic folk metal feel, with clear vocals chiming in. "Defined Sacredness" slows things down to a doomy crawl interspersed with faster bits...the song is downright awkward yet compelling. The horns again crank up on the title track, which is an off-kilter mix of metal styles.

Then we have a real low point with "Wiser Every Sunrise". Folk rap metal, anyone? Some things should not be attempted...this is one of them. Enough said! Yet once again, Eohum turns around and delivers brutal death metal with "Thus Spawned Thy Infectious Reign". Which direction shall these guys go in? I don't think they know, either. The album concludes with more pretentious free verse in "Give Us O' Rain".

You can't say Eohum is afraid to take risks after hearing this. They fall flat on their face sometimes, but also strike hard and true on occasion. An album for the truly adventurous!