Band: Wampyric Rites
Album: The Eternal Melancholy of the Wampyre
Label: Inferna Profundus Records
Genre: Black Metal
Release Date: February 1, 2021
For Fans Of: Mutilation, Black Cilice, Drowning the Light
One of the scariest things about being a metalhead is falling in love with a band based on a series of demos, eps, splits, comps, etc. While on the one hand it is always kind of gratifying, in a totally pretentious and egotistical way, to be able to rub it in peoples faces that you were into a band before they really caught on (if they ever do). On the other hand is the ever looming “debut album”. At this point in my long and storied career as a fan of this type of music, the debut album has let me down more times than I can count and at this point I have learned to not to place expectations too high on a band’s first album, as they are often overproduced and stripped of everything that I liked about a band to begin with. Shit, sometimes it doesn’t even sound like the band that I held in such high regard in the first place. So I think it may be obvious by this point that Wampyric Rites is one of these bands for me currently.
Creating raw black metal that is not dissimilar from many of their contemporaries, the band falls under the category of Vampiric Black Metal, with lyrical themes that center around, wait for it………VAMPIRES!!! Formed in 2019 in Ecuador the band has taken the term prolific to another level having 13 releases under their belt at this point in their short career. With a ton of hype surrounding them, as much of their previous material was released on the almost universally beloved Death Kvlt Productions, the band is now set to release their debut album The Eternal Melancholy of the Wampyre on Inferna Profundus Records.
While this is a band that I have enjoyed over the past few years I have to be honest and say that I was not anticipating enjoying this album when I finally got it in my hands. I had heard the singles that were released and wasn’t crazy about them and was also concerned about the noticeable difference in production quality, however, upon listening to the album I realized that I was pleasantly surprised. The uptick in production quality was actually a benefit to the album as a whole and the songs that I didn’t enjoy on their own made much more sense to me in the context of the album and I think that this is a testament to the album as a whole. The album is sequenced immaculately, songs flow in a natural progression, which is extremely impressive as the songs often sound nothing alike. Certain songs are highly atmospheric, while others are riffy and aggressive. Some songs sound like typical black metal, while others break the mold. To my surprise, the title track opens with a riff that could have come straight off of a Priest or Maiden album. In addition to the album sequencing the song structures are another strong point, as most songs break the seven minute mark without ever feeling redundant or stagnant. Each song is engaging and keeps you interested while listening.
Despite all of the positives that I have listed the album suffers from a fatal flaw. The songs just simply aren’t memorable. There just, unfortunately, isn’t much that pulls me back to this album. It’s hard to explain exactly why this is, because I genuinely enjoy the album as I am listening to it, but it’s never the thing I really want to put on. Even with all this album has going for it, this is something that I can’t help but think is a severe detriment to the overall quality of the album. Overall, this is a perfectly fine album. I don’t think it’s the album to convert your buddy who hates black metal into the “Kvlt”, but if this is the type of thing that you enjoy then it is definitely worth a listen. Hopefully, people gravitate to this album more than I did because I do think it’s a good album and I am a fan of Wampyric Rites, meaning that I want them to succeed. Unfortunately, despite enjoying the album, I just don’t see myself returning to it very often. I guess I’ll just have to continue listening to their Reflections of a Frostbitten Moon EP, that shit kills!!!!!
Rating: 6.5 / 10
- Ancient Specters of the Forlorn Forest
- As Light is Absorbed by Darkness
- Tyrant’s Blood
- The Eternal Melancholy of the Wampyre
- Grim Funeral Inside the Dusty Dungeons of Time
- Under an Amethyst Sky