released March 18, 2016
• All songs Arranged by: Jeremy Perkins
• Produced by: Jeremy Perkins
• Mixed by: Marc-Olivier Frechette
• Mastered by: Marc-Olivier Frechette
Recorded April 2015 & October 2015 at Chris Donaldson’s (Cryptopsy) “The Grid”.
Album Cover Credits: Joe Pimental
(*guest drum performances on three of the tracks by The Agonist’s Simon McKay.)
EP Line Up:
Jeremy Perkins – Guitars
Sylvain Dumont – Guitars
Cesar Franco – Bass
Luca Belviso – Drums (tracks 1-3)
Simon McKay – Drums (tracks 2-4-5)
Barrie Butler – Vocals
Annie Perreault – French Horn / Flute
Decibel Magazine :
Montreal’s Éohum first got my attention with the hook of having a full time French horn player augmenting their brand of black metal which was thematically steeped in environmental consciousness, exploration of heritages and respect for ancient traditions. The enthusiasm exhibited by founding member and guitarist Jeremy Perkins ended up pulling me in further. Normally, this is the spot where time would be taken to give some sort of context or detailed introduction to the band that formed in 2010 and are about to issue their second release, Eadlfaeder via the Mycelium Networks label, but Perkins took the baton and ran with it like a motherfucker when we sent him a few questions as a means of getting to know his band. Here, we present the opportunity to listen to a new track called “Eurocide” and read some pretty heartfelt words.
continue here for full interview / manifesto of band:
No Clean Singing :
When you listen to the track, it may help to understand the thematic concept of Ealdfaeder and the reflections that inspired the music, because from the band’s perspective they seem to be inseparable. As Éohum’s founder and guitarist Jeremy Perkins explains, “The album speaks generally about the lost voice of past cultures who were colonized and the decaying relationship humanity has with nature due to the societies we live in. The loss of traditions we held and relationships we had with nature.”
With respect to the song we’re premiering, in particular, Perkins says:
“‘The Apathetic Plague’ is the track I am most proud of, the arrangement and overall producing came out strong and clearly depicts Éohum‘s sound as a whole with our full lineup and new skin!
“The message projected in this song lyrically reveals our main message and thematic in this EP; being the loss of interest and connection between human cultures and the environment they are from in our greed-filled, corrupt world of today. Apathy runs deep, replacing our roots and ancestral symbiotic ways!”
It’s a multifaceted song, one that moves from ominous, blackened whirring to lurching, doomy staggers, and it grows increasingly intense as it unfolds, with shrieking, acid-bath vocals adding a sharp edge to the music’s passion.
With melodies that are both mournful and majestic, melancholy yet defiant, the song is accented by a beautiful motif performed on the French horn by Annie Perreault that really sticks in the head every time it appears, and there’s a bass-and-drum duet at the finale that’s riveting.
Ealdfaeder was recorded at Chris Donaldson’s (Cryptopsy) “The Grid” and includes guest drum performances on three of the tracks by The Agonist’s Simon McKay. For more info about the EP, check the links below the track list — and enjoy “The Apathetic Plague”.