Oh man! I guess you all know Ikea, this Swedish house for furniture, where you get your stuff in parts, just to assemble them at home, right? OK, keep this thought in the back of your head, I'll return to that one.
EBONYLAKE hail from England and have released their first (and to my knowledge only) album in 1999 with "On The Eve Of The Grimly Inventive". They are referring to some classical compositions here and there, but play Black Metal themselves. Well, this in itself would not be a problem, if there was not the kind of Black Metal that the septet plays, because that one is so far off any usual standards and orders that you feel kind of schizophrenic while listening to it, it almost is as if you listened to three completely different albums at the same time.
Very dissonant, veeery break-ridden and at times almost cacophonous (I wonder why they chose this label) is the character of the seven compositions, even WATCHTOWER in their most progressive form almost sound like boring, straight stuff. That the folks can play, no doubt about that, they are really good, but unfortunately their music does its best to mask their skills, too confusing and unfocused their stuff is thundering through the forest as if they tried to shove the proverbial camel through the needle's eye laterally...
Most probably you'll be able to detect the "true genius" after the first 4.000 listens at least fractionally, but hey, for every normal Metalhead this album is so bulky that even superficial listening will result in brain-contortions of third degree.
EBONYLAKE take countless different parts and sounds and assemble them somehow, comparable with the single parts of Ikea-furniture, just somebody should have told the Brits that such constructions also need screws to hold the whole thing together...