Eleanora: Described as imminent, fierce and dark…..

Eleanora - Mere

Mere the second full-length album of Belgian sludge/post-hardcore five-piece Eleanora. The band brings an eclectic blend of sludge, screamo and hardcore. Their music can be described as imminent, fierce and dark. The track Almos,

Recorded and mixed at Hearse Studio, mastered at Audiosiege Studios, the follow-up to their critically lauded debut Allure, sees Eleanora continuing the path started with their 2014 self-titled EP and the split 10” with Amenra, delivering an emotionally wrenching and viscerally powerful concoction of post-hardcore, sreamo, doom and sludge.

Gent, Belgium’s Eleanora presents like the sound of worlds and eras colliding in the most harmonious of fashions. In many ways they are the prototypical modern metal band: acutely aware of the designs and important beats inherent to numerous subgenres of heavy music, and eager to approach them with a carefully alchemic sensibility that facilitates the creation of a fresh sound from familiar components. But there is also a distinctly nostalgic flavor to their new record Mere, a certain something that harkens back to a deeply exciting period for metal fans (or at least metal fans of a particular age demographic).

Hearing Mere for the first time is not unlike coming of age in the early years of this century, discovering bands like Botch, Converge, and Circle Takes The Square, and realizing all of the possibilities beyond what was previously perceived. That freeing feeling of finding artists that rejected the rules and instead did exactly what they wanted with no restrictions was incredibly important for so many listeners who were looking to expand their understanding of the music they loved. What those bands did to construct a crossroads of metal, hardcore, screamo, and punk (and create blueprints for subsequent subgenres like mathcore and post-hardcore) are enticingly similar to what Eleanora does for post-metal, black metal, and sludge.

What ties Mere together is the way in which the band blends their more overt modern influences with somewhat less expected elements of hardcore and screamo that will no doubt be dear to the hearts of listeners who lived through the formative years that took place for heavy music now going on two decades ago. Mere functions like a bridge between eras, a table where multiple generations of metal fans can gather and celebrate the persistence of innovation.

The best attribute this album holds is its subversion of expectations; opening track Amos traverses classic metal riffage, pit-opening hardcore grooves, and spacious post-metal journeying all in just under four minutes. Elsewhere on the album, Elders scorches, while EB drips with atmosphere; Korre scales emotional crescendos, while Samaria chugs along methodically and purposefully.

Everything finally comes to an intense head on the album-closing title track, which is unleashed ruthlessly and breathlessly on the listener, all while maintaining a sharp sense of discipline, revealing the savvy songwriting skill that brings Eleanora over the top. It takes a precise touch to present a sound that feels simultaneously unrestrained and carefully controlled, and in that spirit, Mere stands out as an example of a band performing at the top of the their game.


Om Ulf Backstrøm (6687 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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