Eulen - Mother Tree
Label: Domestic Genocide Records
Reviewer: Kassem - 2012-08-07
Highlights: Graveroom, Clouds, Dunes
For whom aren't familiar with the Syrian metal scene, well you're not missing anything, it's been almost a five years since a local band released a decent full-length album which is obviously "The Hourglass - Resurrection Of The Horrid Dream"
Eulen is a two piece band Typhon and Seth formed in 2009 in Damascus Syria. Their first appearance was in the Split "Enlightened" with Despair (another Syrian band in the split) which got some great feedback from the online community.
"Mother Tree" is the band's first album. With their unique blend of doom, raw-black and death metal, "Mother Tree" contains beautiful cold melodies mixed with acoustic guitar tones and some keyboard lines. You can notice the cold, kvlt riffs here and there, especially in the track "Clouds" (which is almost 17-minutes long). You can also easily feel the Agallochian influences in this album, as for the vocals, I really can't tell what I enjoyed the most: the black vocal sounds or the mixed black vocals with crushing growls, either way, both were astonishing! I wasn't really impressed by the drums, I found it to be a little boring at some parts. The artwork, designed by Hazem Mallah, was excellent. The album was recorded\mastered at the Old Hearth studio and the production was great as they managed to keep the raw sound while maintaing solid quality (something rare in the Middle East and especially in Syria)
Whenever I listen to this record it gives me a feeling that I'm stuck in a cold forest alone, yeah! It's one of those albums that gets better and better every time you listen to it. If you are an Agalloch fan, you must check Mother Tree.