SardoniS/Eternal Elysium - Split 10 inch (Color) (10 inch) Cover Art

SardoniS/Eternal Elysium - Split 10 inch (Color) (10 inch)

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Origin: USA
Released: 2012
Catalog number: HPR-258
Belgian two-piece sludgemobile SardoniS (must remember that big S!) have seen their stock price rise in the last 12 months with the release of the excellent ‘II’ record and huge support shows with the likes of COC, Angel Witch, Saint Vitus and Acid King. ‘The Ascending’ is a ten-minute ear-pillage which plants them partway between the intense metallic synchronicity of Black Cobra and the eerie psyche-trip of Ufomammut. Roel’s huge chugging riffs slither and spiral up a cosmic beanstalk as Jelle’s delicious fills and frantic snare pummelling rolls across the craterous surface of Planet Doom. Ten minutes is ambitious for an instrumental with just two instruments, but backed by some subtle chimes, synth-like sound-expansion and enough space dust to get a complimentary nod from Hawkwind, the track becomes an exciting rollercoaster ride that’s as infectious as it is riotous.

It’s fair to say that Eternal Elysium are more of an unknown quantity across the Pacific than their S-bookended mates but that certainly doesn’t stop their Sabbathian/Kyussian stomping dirge impressing as much, if not more, than their European brudders of the riff do. The Church of Misery-a-like twang of ‘Unbound (Kai Hoh)’ gives way to some boogie-bound 70s riffage, hummable chorus lines and even a saxophone cameo. Yep, that’s right, a sludge sax. ‘Circulation (Jun Kan)’ easily wins the title of Standout EP Moment for me – a gentle country-esque intro leads into a sandstorm of guitars and dry-throat vocals that are as stoner purist as it gets. The trio ramp up the tempos as the circulation gets faster; solos squeal, the singer squeals, the ladies all squeal as Eternal Elysium blow everyone’s collective minds.