ESOTERIC “Esoteric’s Emotions: The Death Of Ignorance”

“Esoteric’s Emotions: The Death Of Ignorance”
(Aesthetic Death Records)

Battle Helm Rating

Man is this a blast from the past. Back in 1994 I totally unwittingly stumble upon what I at that time thought was the slowest of the slow metal bands. I was familiar with doom metal but this was something different. Never before had I heard a band that played as slow and heavy yet was as brutal as ESOTERIC was. As time progressed I missed out on albums 3 to 6 but ESOTERIC as a band kept lingering in my conscious. 25 years after their initial start comes the rerelease of the very fist demo they did. Listening to this today makes me realize both how heavy this band is but also how far I have come in my taste for extreme metal. Today this sounds like every day food to me. What does strike me is how bloody good this still is today and how well it has stood the test of time but also how little things have changed the last 25 years. This could very well have been released originally today and nobody would have raised an eyebrow or two. Bloody brilliant stuff. Anders Ekdahl

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