ERUPTION – Cloaks of Oblivion
Cloaks of Oblivion is the third full-length studio album from Slovenian thrashers Eruption. This is my first encounter with this band and I am very pleasantly surprised. This is excellent stuff.
Eruption are not the most raging thrashers on the scene. Instead they opt for an approach with galloping mid-paced, Bay Area influenced chugging, with lots of atmospheric slower parts and soaring melodic vocals. The closest comparison I can think of is Flemming Ronsdorf’s work with Artillery or the super stuff Cara McCutcheon does for Mortillery. Vocalist Klemen Kalin has all the power and grit needed but can easily add a melodic sensibility and hit those high notes on this superlative performance. And as you can probably tell from the beautiful cover artwork, lyrical content focuses on sci-fi (which is never a bad thing in my book).
The songs all work extremely well. There is a very good variety of material, plenty of atmosphere, and a sense of narrative. The rhythm section don’t put a foot wrong either. On top of all that the guitar work is incredible, really elevating the whole thing and creating heaps of memorable moments in the process.
Eruption are now well up there in my list of greatest modern thrashers. One not to miss.