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Eucharist
Mirrorworlds
July 2002
Released: 1997, Wrong Again Records
Rating: 4.9/5
Reviewer: El Cid

Hidden Gem Selection



Being one of the 2 top contenders for the crown as the supreme Gothenburg sound album, Eucharist’s MIRRORWORLDS is one of the most underrated albums of all time in my book. Here is an album that actually contends with SKYDANCER in all aspects of what a Gothenburg sound album should be and half of the world’s metalheads haven’t heard it.



Wrong Again Records was a label that gathered many bands that were incredibly talented and had so much future ahead of them that WAR could have been a huge label. Sadly, Wrong Again Records bombed and disappeared from the scene and now all those fantastic albums (CROSSING THE RUBICON, BLACK EARTH…) are lost forever unless you can fork out around $40 dollars to buy them on ebay or the albums are rescued by re-editions (such as BLACK EARTH’s). Truly a sad fate for many slabs of music that should be an integral part of every metalhead’s collection.



Musically, MIRRORWORLDS is a very interesting album. The interaction between songwriting and production is interesting to say the least as I will now explain. The production on MIRRORWORLDS is somehow a trip in time, this album doesn’t seem to have been recorded in 1997, it sounds much more like it was recorded in the 80s. Melodies flow much more freely in this ambience where top notch digital production is not present and what envelops the listener is a sort of emotional warmth that is lost nowadays. Another very interesting detail pointed out to me by a friend while we listened to this in the car, was that the ride cymbal is very loud in the sound. I thought about this for a few days while listening to the entire album and came to notice another interesting detail, there is a displacement in the mid tempo sections which changes the way everything would sound. Instead of keeping classic rock’s accents on 2 and 4, Eucharist actually sends them half a beat later which is where the ride cymbal’s prominence shows its “why” as it drags the listener along with the song. Very interesting stuff here. I’m sure these little details and thoughts will serve for MIRRORWORLD to remain a timeless album.



The entire album is a fantastic piece of work that runs smoothly and conveys the theme around rather well. The ideas run through the entire length and yet I feel no sense of repetition as frequently happens these days. The only place where I find a little bump in the road is the instrumental “In Nakedness”, though the song is rather good and sometimes I think of it as haunting or bewitching, I feel it is a little out of place in this juggernaut of an album.



In all, I gave MIRRORWORLDS 4.9/5 and not a perfect grade, because quoting that Immortal guy’s TV series, “There can be only one” and SKYDANCER is still King!



Choice cuts: “Mirrorworld” (****), “Dissolving”(*****), “Demons”(*****)
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Eucharist
Mirrorworlds
February 2004
Released: 1997, Wrong Again Records
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Night of the Realm

Search back through the Metal-Rules archives and you will already find two reviews of Eucharist – MIRRORWORLDS, competently covered by my colleagues El Cid and JP. Aside from the inherent excellence of the album, why does this particular album deserve a third time around?



Looking back at Wrong Again Records’ history, it seems that the label not only had a talent for signing some excellent bands, but the short life and limited press created quite a supply/demand issue for their releases. Take a search on Ebay sometime for original versions of Arch Enemy-BLACK EARTH, Armageddon-CROSSING THE RUBICON, or In Flames-LUNAR STRAIN or SUBTERRANEAN and you’ll see what I mean.



Among such a repertoire of classic albums is the oft-overlooked Eucharist. Thankfully, for those poor saps (such as myself) who never got a chance to acquire either of Eucharist’s two albums, A VELVET CREATION or MIRRORWORLDS, Regain records has acquired the rights to the albums and has reissued them. Unfortunately, that will not make my long-overdue pursuit of the original issues that much more difficult.



History lesson aside, MIRRORWORLDS ranks right up there with the ultimate classic Gothenburg albums, keeping closer to the older sound of real melodic death metal instead of the Maiden-ish/power metally sound of other so-called meldeath releases. From the moment the title track kicks in its intense “deathy” feel with a very nice, thickly distored melodic lead that, combined with the excellent drumming of Daniel Erlandsson absolutely rips your fucking head off. “Dissolving” is my favourite track on the album, the chops and interesting guitar tone really making it a catchy song to stick in my head before the album dives into “With the Sun,” which basically typifies every Gothenburg-styled song ever written with its alternate mid-paced melodic breaks between fast, raw, yet still melodic passages. Each of the other songs on the album, including the instrumental “The Eucharist” carry on with much the same degree of style and quality. Of particular note is the other instrumental, “In Nakedness,” a softer song featuring a very haunting oboe lead. I feel that this track is a bit out of place, being better suited either smack in the middle of all the chaos, or as a very appropriate outro piece.



The songs laid down on MIRRORWORLDS may sound a bit generic, with seven years of history already behind it, MIRRORWORLDS is already considered a classic album (although often unknown or underrated) in the Gothenburg genre. Certainly, this album is a fitting epitaph for this excellent, though short-lived band.
Track Listing

1.Mirrorworlds
2.Dissolving
3.With The Sun
4.The Eucharist
5.Demons
6.Fallen...
7.In Nakedness
8.Bloodred Stars

Lineup

Markus Johnsson (guitars/vocals)
Martin Karlsson (bass)
Daniel Erlandsson (drums)

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» Mirrorworld
by JP

» A Velvet Creation
by El Cid

» Mirrorworlds
by El Cid

» Mirrorworlds
by Night of the Realm


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