After leaving their death/grind and death/doom tendencies behind them (along with abandoned band names, Lord of Putrefaction and Thy Grief Eternal), Dorset, England's newly revamped Eternal committed four songs of straight-up, '70s inspired doom to tape, with the intent of prefacing a full-length album. But, unfortunately, these songs wound up becoming Eternal's only surviving recordings, because the band quickly transformed into the world-renowned Electric Wizard. The signs of evolution were evident in the band's sound, and opening number "Magickal Childe" -- relatively brisk pace and all -- absolutely worshiped at the altar of Black Sabbath, with frontman Justin Oborn even pulling off a pretty good Ozzy vocal imitation. (It also featured an introductory sample from the 1974 zombie film Let Sleeping Corpses Lie, later reprised for Electric Wizard's "Wizard in Black.") Next up came a surprise-free cover of the Sabs' "Electric Funeral," but noteworthy flashes of an emerging, more modern and original doom voice began to crop up over the course of ten-minute monster "Saturn's Children," which also showcased the sort of desperately morose soloing that Electric Wizard would eventually trademark. And, in conclusion, there's the original recording of the epic "Chrono-Naut" (also to be Wizard-ified at a later date), which brought this release to the 30-minute mark, and justified its belated release on vinyl by Rise Above in 2005.
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AllMusic Review by Eduardo Rivadavia