|Review: Enthroned - Tetra Karcist|
Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2007
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: September 11, 2007
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Rated 3.18/5 (63.53%) (17 Votes)
A couple of years have passed and now it's time for another Enthroned album. Their seventh full length sees longstanding guitarist Nornagest take over vocal duties from the sadly departed Sabathan, and unlike the majority of their material, this isn't half bad. Compared to their older releases, this is a tad more progressive, with a greater sense of direction and identity. As far as black metal goes, this is pretty intelligent stuff, with plenty of variety in terms of time signature and arrangement. But with their new found polish and crystal clear production, Enthroned are a long way from their bestial, barbaric beginnings.
Nornagest does an admirable job with the mic, sounding every bit the razor-gargling wasp's nest that their genre demands, and there is, of course, no void of atmosphere, with every track completely oozing crippling despondency. The return of Alsvid to the drum stool offers a tight rhythm section that sets the material up to a professional standard, which somehow impairs Enthroned's music into a place less chaotic than on "Carnage in Worlds Beyond" or "The Apocalypse Manifesto". Highlights are few and far between, as this is an engaging, yet comfortable listen that doesn't stray too far from the norm, but opener "Pray" and "The Burning Dawn" are certainly amongst the more hectic, with the latter being particularly abhorrent and devilishly fiendish. Their most accomplished effort by a Belgian mile, just not good enough to propel the band into black metal notoriety.
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