WAR - in the past, present and future - is the theme of the third longplayer (and first on Chrom Records) of the band The Eternal Afflict, which has been in existence since 1989. Many songs on the album again have this inimitable hymnal character, which is now underlined by the selective use of women’s vocals and range from the typical T.E.A. sound to futuristic sound profiles to electro ballads. The songs “Childhood” and “Warchild” are meanwhile real club classics of the EBM/Wave.
Once again the Essen formation around singer Cyan, keyboarder and composer Mark and producer Winus Rilinger offers clear Statements about today’s social situation. They do not mince their words: singer Cyan, who in all pieces of the CD tells a very personal, sometimes sarcastic story from is very own perspective - and thus from his own world of feelings and opinions - makes an impressive attempt to put himself in the shoes of the victims of the war.
Like a leitmotif, the description of individual fates shaped by the war runs through the plate. On this “World War Avenue” one encounters all the horror and misery, destroyed existences, chaos, children who have lost their laughter.
The record is also a critical statement on the power aspirations of racism and religion and their desert and fanatical followers, which repeatedly leads to violence and war.
The musical realization shows once again how important it is that text and music complement each other, set each other in scene. Thus the songs partly receive anthem character, which is underlined by the purposefully used female singing.
The Eternal Afflict enter new musical territory, the pieces have become more fluid and varied and range from the typical T.E.A. sound to futuristic sound profiles and electro ballads.