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Review: Various Artists - Enslave By Light
Various Artists
Enslave By Light

Label: Dark Profanation Productions
Year released: 2004
Duration: 21:59
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black/Death

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: July 18, 2004
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Enslave By Light

Rated 3/5 (60%) (1 Vote)

Here's one that fell to the cracks... I got this a while ago and have no idea who sent it to me - not that it really matters. :) This is a split CD of black/death metal bands Opus Draconis and Oliguarquia, both offering three full songs, with Opus Draconis also offering a kind of "medieval" intro (medieval is not the right term, but close enough), and a spoken outro that last a few seconds. Curiously clocking at just under 22 minutes, things sure end fast on this release - I'd expect a split CD to last a bit longer but then again it's the quality that counts. Speaking of which... Well, I don't know if I'm just getting tired of the genre or simply have heard it all, but for the Xth time in a pretty short period, I must once again use the "heard it before" expression. Thankfully, what they do they do well. Both bands play a black/death hybrid - Oliguarquia especially have death growls but musically things are a bit more blurry, mixing both at times while alternating elsewhere. Opus Draconis use the "traditional" black metal screeches and are definitely more geared toward raw no-frills black metal than their "split-mates". I found the Opus Draconis material more interesting, although Oliguarquia also have their merits - I'm just more of a black metal fan than a death one, I guess. :) The production and sound is a bit uneven - some tracks must not have been recorded at the same time and place (I only have the CD in a sleeve so I don't have that information available...) Opus Draconis' production is especially minimal (well, I've seen a lot "more minimal" but you get the idea), which I have come to expect from old school raw BM - mark that on the checklist.

Not a bad CD by any means, and a good occasion to check out two pretty good bands. I just wish it lasted a good 10-15 minutes more. Recommended for fans of the genre...

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