Eternity - _Funeral Mass_
(Avantgarde, 2007)
by: Pedro Azevedo (6.5 out of 10)
While trying to gather some information on this record, I soon came upon the fact that this is actually a re-release of a demo (originally recorded under the name Fear of Eternity). Fortunately, as far as demos usually go, _Funeral Mass_ is among the more reasonable picks for a re-release. Eternity's genre of choice, which is to say black metal of an old-school persuasion, helps disguise the recording's origins as a demo, as the production job becomes quite adequate for one's expectations. The music is fairly straightforward, which was also to be expected, with a welcome exception midway through in the shape of the slower and doomier "One Way Hell". No real attempts are made at innovation, again unsurprisingly, which sets the bar quite high for how much Eternity would need to excel at reproducing this particular style in order to set _Funeral Mass_ aside from the crowds somewhat. Ultimately it's neither here nor there; a decent listen by all means, but one that fails to rise above the mass of similar releases out there.


(article published 11/3/2008)

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