Bart M. : 'Elements' is Belgium's Earupt's sophomore album and the follow-up of 2013's 'Belief/Relief'. The band returns with a much stronger and more defined presence and adds, as they themselves put it, a little of this and a little of that, and altogether this becomes a very savage, awesome sound in which each of the members has had something to say. Earupt is still a relatively young band, speaking in years of existence, and even though the music and its dynamics do not show this, it does become somewhat apparent through the lyrics. I get the idea that the band is going through a phase that I have left behind quite a while ago, which sometimes makes it hard to connect with.
Fortunately their music does most of the talking and there is very little to be critized about that. We hear a great combination of heavy and thrash metal, with some metalcore elements added; nice and tight as a sphincter. The vocals sound somewhat progressive and there is something to say about that, because it sounds as though a singer was plucked from the conservatory and was put in a metal band. He is a very good singer, but his style does not perfectly fit this kind of music. From time to time the clean vocals are abandoned and at these moments everything just feels right. The music sounds full and convincing and takes us along in a raging sea of sound in which solid riffs and groovy guitar parts are fired at the listener with no remorse. All in all, with 'Elements' Earupt brings us a very decent metal album.