Released: 2013, Code666 Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
In every metal scene you will always come across a band who are aiming to be as avant-garde as possible with their own unique take on the aesthetics of their desired sub-genre. London’s Eibon La Furies are one of those acts and they have certainly pushed more boundaries than many on their second release: ‘The Immoral Compass’.
Here we have an eclectic mix of all things symphonic and dark about Black Metal or Dark Rock, for which these guys have been renowned for in their recent ventures. The opening and second track ‘Immoral Compass to the World’ is heavily reminiscent of Cradle of Filth and Satyricon’s recent releases. There’s a good mix of clean and gravely vocals across each track offering something worth listening to if you love Black Metal or Darkwave music.
What makes the album stand out is its minimalism. You find simple but catchy riff to each track accompanying the dominant ghostly vocals which will make your spine tingle. Every now and again, female backing vocals spring up adding a depth to the gothic infusions that you can hear in the instrumental parts of each track.
Plus, for any fans of Steampunk or Neo-Victoriana who have picked up this album, you in for a treat. ‘Who Watches the Watchers’ comes with several references to M.R. James and Edgar Allan Poe – therefore you will enjoy the mix of proper gothic culture on this release.
My only criticism is that some tracks can start to drag after a while. Song lengths won’t be of much importance to an experimental band like this, but for anyone who thinks five or six minutes is a bit too much, this album may begin to bore you a few times. But as each track has its own unique sound, it will certainly redeem itself. Excellent music for any occult or gothic fiction lover.
Review by Demitri Levantis