Eternity Of Shaog


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Erin This album brings me so much joy. You know that video of the cat vibing to Ievan Polkka? That's me all the way through 7th Passage.

Seriously, buy this to get the higher bitrate download because it will surround your soul. Favorite track: Namhera (7th Passage: Blasphemy Of Ephereàs).
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Alice M. That’s a lot to take in, even if that release may be less dark than the others. I think someday I’ll have to just lay down for a while and do nothing else than focus on that stuff to get a better grasp of the journey that this album is. Favorite track: Namhera (7th Passage: Blasphemy Of Ephereàs).
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Camel This is one of the best albums I've heard and is the best album of any solo artists I've ever encountered. Whoever is behind the project that is ESOCTRILIHUM is a musical genius and this album totally delivers on all of the hype of its praise. This is a blending of BM, DM, atmosphere, and much more than you have ever heard before. Favorite track: Thritônh (2nd Passage: The Colour Of Death).
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One year after the release of “The Telluric Ashes of the Ö Vrth Immemorial Gods”, France's ESOCTRILIHUM return with a new and majestic work, “Eternity Of Shaog”, where the band's unique black/death metal style reaches new peaks of dark visionariness and overwhelming intensity. Sole member Asthâghul has injected new lifeblood in his creature by emphasizing the symphonic and mystical aura of the compositions, once again dense, complex and meticulously crafted. Infectious violins, piano and synths are skilfully blended with scorching guitars and mesmerizing melodies of cosmic proportions, often overflowing into raging melancholy or a delirium of omnipotence.

The concept behind “Eternity Of Shaog” is one of psychic transmutation and demonic possession, and further explores the ill worlds of the immemorial gods to form a diptych with the previous album. Through a series of songs/gateways, the listeners are conducted in front of Shaog Og Magthoth, the most unfathomable among the Sovereigns of Nothingness, introduced by ESOCTRILIHUM on the "Pandemorthium" album and reminiscent of Lovecraft's Ancient Ones. In the context of this fantastic, elusive lore imagined by Asthâghul, Shaog is an omnipotent god living an endless and solitary existence outside of time and space; a hungry wild beast from a nightmarish dimension watching us with gnashing teeth, like the space vampire on Alan Brown's mind-blowing cover painting. Shaog resides at the centre of an empty, dead universe, imprisoned in a cage of monotonous desperation from which he tries to escape by possessing the unsuspecting voyager who ventures into his world of ruins through dreams...

On closer inspection, Shaog is nothing but our evil self from the other side of the mirror, a metaphor for both the insanity hiding in man and the solitude of the artist. And of Asthâghul in particular: like an involuntary medium, he “receives” the blackened death metal music of ESOCTRILIHUM from unspeakable forces lurking in the dark corners of his mind, negative energies that leak out from its cracks and drip onto our reality.


released May 22, 2020

Asthâghul - guitars, bass, drums, synths, violins, piano, kantele, throat

Written and recorded by Asthâghul
Cover painting: "The Dracula of Mars" by Alan E. Brown
Photography by Aylowenn Aëla
Art direction and layout by Francesco Gemelli
Cat. Nr. IVR130


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