Eternity, In Your Arms is a terrifically entertaining punk rock album that indirectly sets the wrong expectations. The premise for the concept album about a missing paranormal investigator was enticing, but don’t expect to get the plot, or even pieces of it, within the album. Unlike My Chemical Romance’s The Black Parade, the album’s story elements do not stand on their own and can only be fully understood by watching Creeper’s videos and listening to their previous EP’s. That being said, it’s not really necessary to have any previous background of the band to enjoy this album. Creeper takes the standard of punk, amps it up, and delivers an album that’s rushing with energy and enthusiasm.
“Black Rain” begins the tale of distant souls, which sounds like it should be somber; but there’s a fighting soul in this one. The chorus is so dramatic that it’s hard not to sing along when lead singer Will Gould sings “And in the rain, I screamed your name.” It’s a roaring fire that’s ready to build up the rest of the album.
“Suzanne” continues the recurring trend of Creeper’s album: catchy lyrics where the dark imagery is set aside in favor of the sheer enjoyment of singing along. In fact, the song doesn’t get really interesting until the band screams “Now! Now? Now!” over and over again to a raucous chorus of love, death, and all those fancy images in the Gothic world. This strength is shared with fellow song “Down Below.”
“Misery” is a personal favorite because its lyrics, while continuing the Gothic angst, has some really strong lines. It is relatively low key, with the narrator reminiscing about an ended relationship. “When your friends sing ‘Born to Run’, baby, resist, because we were ‘Born to Drift.’” This line, while referencing the popular Bruce Springsteen, gives an opportunity to show a conflict between escapism and stasis, a feeling that the narrator is trapped in. With the repeated “Misery never goes out of style,” Creeper, possible inadvertently, describes both the narrator and what makes people so attracted to this kind of music.
There is a sense of glee that comes from the morose, and Creeper harnesses that energy throughout the entire album. What other bands may use as an anthem for depression and angst, they use to an almost ironic sense. More hardcore and serious than electro-punk band Mindless Self Indulgence, but with the same aim of having fun in the strange grandiosity of the genre. GOOD.