Eratomania have been performing down-tempo black metal since early 2010. This young Belgian duo use unique song structures to change gear halfway through their opening track ‘Mental Suffocation’, this is cleverly done to tie in with the theme of the song – schizophrenia. The loud and angry Black Metal parts are sandwiched neatly between some gentle and ambient clean guitar. this is a fresh and welcome approach to the more traditional song structures. The same game plan is applied to ‘Within My (B)Reach’, showcasing how effortlessly the band can transform from serenity to despair at the drop of a hat. Although this seems to be a winning formula applied by the Limburg two, It seems a little safe and cautious in parts. I for one, would have liked to hear the drummer be a little more adventurous. Given that there are only three songs on ‘Mental Suffocation’ the group have missed the chance to display further, the fruits of their labour, however it is important to remember that this is a demo and not an E.P.. Also, you get the feeling that just as they get into fifth gear, the slow proceedings right down again, stuttering the hard gained momentum of before. ‘Lasting Days’ is a slow moving beast which is the best of the three tracks on offer. A sullen guitar performance the brightest light in one of the darkest releases of recent years. All in all this is a very strong release from an exciting young band, and something they can be very proud of. here’s hoping there will be much more to come from Eratomania. The group have since recruited a new drummer who will be formally announced in the coming months, and are working hard on a new album.
Surtur (Vocals, Drums & Guitars), Galgrat (Guitars)