Unearthed Elf – Into the Catacomb Abyss

coverEvery day of every minute a new, unique thought is made. But it is the massively vast majority of those thoughts that disappear as quickly as they came simply because the original mastermind didn’t have the tools to bring it to life. But every now and then, one of those thoughts lands in the mind of a musician who actually can take their vision to an actual product. Unearthed Elf is the latest of such people that I’ve come across as this one man band has decided to create a style of metal that has very rarely been pulled off, if ever. The style I’m talking about is primarily mixing together doom and power metal to create the debut album of “Into the Catacomb Abyss”. There are other elements are at play here as well like a fantasy theme and symphonic elements that add extra layers to this already fleshed out mix, but it’s the doom and power metal that come through the most out of everything. And while it sounds like something that can be messed up real easily, Unearthed Elf tremendously out does all of my initial expectations. Every track off this fairly lengthy debut is nothing to scoff at in any sort of way as you get the catchy rhythms and antics of power metal alongside the slower pace of doom, albeit not very crushing as some might prefer. That didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment because even the smoothness of the vocals themselves helped sew everything about “Into the Catacomb Abyss” together in such a fluid way that it’s nothing short of applause worthy to say the very least. And while this is but a debut as I’ve mentioned (what? I haven’t? Well, shit!) this is still a stunning piece no matter what angle you’re looking at it from. I just simply want more from Unearthed Elf, and after listening to this awesomeness you’ll be in the same boat I’m in and eagerly awaiting for more.

“Into the Catacomb Abyss” releases on October 31st! You can pre-order the album on Bandcamp here.

Track Listing:

  1. Into the Catacomb Abyss
  2. Never See the Sun Again
  3. Eternal Night
  4. Gauntlets of Volcanic Doom
  5. Vial of Holy Water Found in An Ancient, Cobweb-Laden Mausoleum
  6. Candles in the Crypt
  7. Lighting the Mummy on Fire
  8. Realm of the Beholder
  9. Ossified Remains
  10. A Forest of Gravestones
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