|Review: Enclave (Poland) - Paradise of Putrefaction|
|Paradise of Putrefaction|
Label: Inferna Profundus Records
Year released: 2008
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: June 1, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Paradise of Putrefaction
Debut album for this Polish Black Metal horde, Paradise of Putrefaction is kind of halfway between raw and symphonic Black Metal, although the balance tips more toward the former. The band uses keyboards quite a bit, but to very good effect - none of that fruity stuff that we sometimes hear, but rather they enhance the rawness of the other instruments with a good dose of dark, abysmal atmosphere, adding a sense of despair to the ensemble. The vocals are mostly screechy, with some more gutturals moments here and there. The screechier type has a bit of echo added to it that makes it sound like the voice is reaching from beyond the grave, making it a very good match for the album's atmosphere. The music is mid-paced overall, with some slower moments that give an effect of "greatness" to some of the songs - not epic nor majestic, but a close cousin. If I had to compare to a band, I'd say some of this is not unlike what France's Hegemon were doing circa the year 2000, but with more keyboards and more aggressive vocals.
Enclave have a pretty strong debut album here that may not invent anything, but shows that the band has good mastery of the genre and is one of those bands that can successfully blend raw and symphonic Black Metal effectively. The album is a little short, but somehow it feels just right when listening to it. Recommended.
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