The Eternal Fanfare

20 Buck Spin
rating icon 8 / 10

Track listing:

01. Curse From Beyond
02. Burden Of Flesh And Bone
03. Sylvan Awakening
04. The Eternal Fanfare
05. A Perilous Journey

Anyone nerdy enough to have heard HULDER's early demos (which have since been collated on 2019's "De Oproeping Van Middeleeuwse Duisternis" comp) will have spotted that dark magic was brewing from the get-go. Belgian born but US-based, Marliese Beeuwsaert owes an obvious debt to classic, early '90s Norwegian black metal, but her music possesses an unfamiliar sense of medieval otherworldliness that sets it apart from many like-minded endeavors. As showcased on 2021's widely acclaimed "Godslastering: Hymns of a Forlorn Peasantry", HULDER is a project with its own gently odd charisma, not to mention an audacious number of satisfyingly malicious riffs.

With a deafening buzz surrounding her next move, "The Eternal Fanfare" suggests that HULDER's evolution is still at a halfway point between the last album's marauding clangor and whatever the next full-length will bring. A mini-LP comprising four tracks and one ominous, atmospheric and impressively lavish intro, this packs a slightly weightier punch than "Godslastering…", with heavier guitar tones and drums that shift the ribcage.

The songs themselves are noticeably more furious and wilder than any previous HULDER material. In particular, "Burden Of Flesh And Bone" is magnificent: imbued with the cataclysmic might of early EMPEROR, it's a thrilling mixture of the primal and the pompous. "Sylvan Awakening" delights in its initial extremity, before a deft change of tempo sucks the air from the room and riffs being to spiral ominously downwards. The title track is heavy in execution and atmosphere, wherein feral blasting and coagulated sludge collides; "A Perilous Journey" is epic, stately and forlorn, as ethereal backing vocals drift up from the swirling noise below. All of it indicates that HULDER is growing in confidence and strength, and that Beeuwsaert's singular perspective on ancient principles is as distinctive and engaging as anything else out there right now.

Author: Dom Lawson
  • facebook
  • twitter
  • reddit
  • email

Comments Disclaimer And Information

BLABBERMOUTH.NET uses the Facebook Comments plugin to let people comment on content on the site using their Facebook account. The comments reside on Facebook servers and are not stored on BLABBERMOUTH.NET. To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@) with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).