WOW! That was my first reaction to "Eskhata". On the CATAMENIA-homepage I could listen to three samples of new tracks before and those were not bad, but the whole album is just, and I like to repeat myself here, WOW!
Their previous effort "Eternal Winter's Prophecy" already had been to my liking, but what the Finns fire out with their fourth album is a Melodic Black Metal-album as only few had done it better before! They do not try to set new standards for speed, but, as with that album, convinces through a very balanced mixture of epics and melodies on the one and heaviness on the other side.
Grand melody-arcs, also with keyboard-support, yet without sounding cheesy, very variable vocals (Black Metal-shrieks, some Death Metal-road and even a few clean passages), very varied tempo, double-bass (yes, yes, YEEES, so powerful, more of them!), blasts, "normal" tempo, heaviness, atmosphere, feeling, you get it all here…
Through the many different tempos and intensities CATAMENIA create a great dynamic feeling, which in combination with the mostly very hymnic songs grip the listener and just won't let go anymore. The opener "Storm" in itself is a hammer par excellence, heavy, hymnic, melodic, a very good beginning, which is not let down by the rest of the song-material, quite the contrary, "Flames" with its calmer passages and clean vocals by guitarist Ari Nissild or the damn powerful and great "Vortex" with its fat double-bass, the epic "Eskhata", man, I could continue like that, but I rather stop now, otherwise I will break the barriers of this review…
But what am I still talking, if you like melodic, epic, hymnic Black Metal with great, powerful production, then "Eskhata" is THE album for you, CATAMENIA have established themselves among the very front of the genre and raised the bar for coming albums of this sub-genre high, damn high! Maybe the best album like this since "Enthrone Darkness Triumphant"!