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Review of the Album Eternal Winter’s Prophecy by the Band Catamenia

Updated on September 16, 2018
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Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is looking to always explore his writing opportunities.

A Picture of the CD Eternal Winter's Prophecy

The album's cover shows a few wolves in the distance as the ground is covered in snow. Finland is cold for a large portion of the year.
The album's cover shows a few wolves in the distance as the ground is covered in snow. Finland is cold for a large portion of the year. | Source

How Good is Eternal Winter's Prophecy? Very Good!!

Eternal Winter’s Prophecy is the 2000 studio album by Finnish melodic black metal band Catamenia and it is also the only album in the era of vocalist Mika Tonning that I have not yet reviewed. My goodness, for almost the past week, you have seen a sort of revival or resurgence in the life of this writer as he has made his triumphant return to listening to extreme heavy metal after about a month away from the genre. I have been trying to make these CD reviews longer and informative. How melodic is this album? It is melodic enough to give an album like Winternight Tragedies some serious competition but does this album surpass that one in terms of greatness? We shall see.

Eternal Winter's Prophecy is Better Than the Band's First Two Albums

One thing I can say is that none of the Mika Tonning era albums that Catamenia did are as good as Winternight Tragedies and Location: COLD. We can now say in July 2018 that my return to listening and experimenting with the heavy metal genre is back in full force!! I am definitely enjoying the music more than when I was in my 20’s. Eternal Winter’s Prophecy is a better album than the band’s first two efforts which means that the band would get even stronger in the early 2000’s before they hit their peak in the mid to late 2000’s.

Eternal Winter's Prophecy The Review Part 1

Soror Mystica is the first really catchy moment in this album. Blackmension is a song that musically and stylistically influenced other bands that would come later such as Imperanon and Celestial Sorrow. Sometimes our minds can be our biggest foe to our success as we get wrapped up in our emotions and feelings not being able to think straight. Kingdom of Legions is a very good song that has fantasy style lyrics similar to Italy’s Rhapsody of Fire. Half Moons, Half Centuries musically sounds like late 1990’s Dimmu Borgir. The song is basically about a man called Black that lights up the night sky. He is a man full of power and influence as well. Forever Night is a song about a person that desires the night angel to embrace him with her wings so that they can both go and dominate the world that they will not have to face defeat. By this point in the album, it is starting to give some competition to 2005’s Winternight Tragedies but let’s hope that this album does not surpass that one. Dawn of the Chosen World sees Catamenia enter new territory by using melodic acoustic guitars to set the stage for what turns out to be a song about someone that wonders whether he is the chosen one to lead his kingdom.

"Eternal Winter's Prophecy"

Eternal Winter's Prophecy the Review Part 2

However, we would be giving this album a disservice if we did not analyze the title track Eternal Winter’s Prophecy. After a bass guitar style beginning, the song is a very catchy one in which the lyrical themes portray a world of darkness where slaves are suffering. In the Void once again starts with melody as usual from Catamenia as the song lyrically portrays a void where there is nothing to focus on as if there is this deep blackness. Heaven awaits all of us as there is nothing but calmness there. The riffing is similar to the band Kalmah even though Catamenia plays symphonic black metal. The Darkening Sun is a song about the arrival of winter as the wolves howl when there is a full moon upon us. So what is the greatness of Eternal Winter’s Prophecy? It is very good but it just misses passing Winternight Tragedies.

"In the Void"

© 2018 Ara Vahanian

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