From Karlsloga, Sweden, this, their fifth studio album, is released on Friday, 17th March 2017. Formed in the early 90s, Eternal Fear’s unique sound has grown increasingly better, combining old school metal with NWOHM. Having already toured the UK five times, another tour is taking place this month.
To date, they’ve released five studio albums and one live album. Their 2002 debut album, ‘Never Ending Existence’, proceeded Evil Deeds’ and ‘Embraced In Darkness’. 2013’s’ Eternal Damnation’ was their most influential, putting them on the metal map. Signing to Sliptrick Records, they received international acclaim, playing main support for prog metal titans Beholder, at Beermageddon Fest, during their initial tour.
This current 10 track album offers a powerful, cohesive combo of sounds, which may be their best work yet. Demonstrating that their consistent songwriting ability still remains, after 20 years, the first single release from K.T. is ‘No Guts’. Eternal Fear tour the UK, promoting K.T., this month, alongside UK band Left For Red, from February 23rd-26th.
Thy Will Be Done – Air raid siren intro! Always an unusual, intriguing opening. Blasting into life with a volley of drums, gritty vocals and heavy riffs, you know where you are with this immediately. It’s true metal territory. Catchy melodies, great rapid pace, clear vocals, just a great feel altogether. That’s what you call a banging track.
Age Of Glory – Nice smooth riff intro, immediate drum roll and steady metal vocals. Liking that catchy melody. Strong, powerful lyrics. Anthemic sounds, you can’t fail to be pulled into. Really cathartic, uplifting experience. All great metal takes you away from it all, to a better world and that’s exactly what this does. Fabulous beats and fabulous ending.
Black Country – Faster pace now, creating that brilliantly enjoyable chasing tempo, that always works so well for me. Lovely power scream in there, too. This is a prime example of timeless classic and new wave of heavy-metal mixture, which belongs at the top, with greats such as Maiden.
The Shadow – Straight in there, with an explosion of metal, to equal the best. The Swedes always know how to create great metal and this just shows it. A darker undertone to this track, scattering the sinister feel throughout, yet still keeping it upbeat. Rare skill.
Killing Time – The title track’s intro certainly lives up to its name. Intelligently constructed, injecting combinations of tones, techniques and audible textures, so successfully, with such precision timing, you’d just want to stay inside this song.
Halls Of Odin – Banging it out, with extra powerful force, this could well be the stand-out track. Immensely strong vocals here, creating a real upbeat tone, you’ll never forget. So deliciously melodic and those thunderous drums add so much magic. My favourite track so far.
Child Of Darkness – Ramping up the pace again, right in there, with no hesitation and tons of metallic gold. Enormously heavy, intelligently creative lyrics and a nice sophisticated feel, which is at once, dark, fun, thought-provoking and genuinely enjoyable. Beating the life out of those drums and matching up with the vocal themes. It’s ace visual evocation.
Evil Ways – Oh yeah! Proper party metal! You’re gonna remember it, for that alone. Throw this on and rock the fuck out. Blistering solos, chugging riffs, thundering drums and massively enthused vocals. It’s one to love. It rocks, it rocks and it rocks some more. A pure blast of metallic awesomeness.
No Guts – Boom! It’s in there, with such immediacy, it’ll knock you over. Fantastic pace, of such catchiness, it’ll excite your senses, till they bleed. Absolutely packed with power. Top quality stuff here and no mistake. If it’s ever possible, these songs get stronger and stronger, throughout. Heavy, hard and magical ending.
Chamber Of Lies – Bursting into life, with a power of epic proportions. That’s how it continues. Power, power and more power. Some great tasty paradiddles in there and the whole track’s just magnetic. It just kind of floats along, on a metal vibe, to the end.
Overall – ‘Killing Time’ is easily amongst the highest quality metal you’ll ever hear. An absolute delight, from start to finish. A treasure trove, in fact, of metallic gold. Buy it now.
For fans of Die No More, Soulforge, Iron Maiden, Fires Of Babylon, Firewind and all good European metal and quality NWOHM.
Released, independently, on Friday 17th March 2017.