|Review: Enthral - Spiteful Dirges|
Label: Duplicate Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: May 11, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4/5 (80%) (7 Votes)
Yet another band that's been around since the mid-90s (their first demo dates back to 1996) and hasn't been too prolific. This EP is their first official release since their album Subterranean Movement back in 2003. Enthral's brand of Black Metal is mostly slow to mid-paced, with a few speedy passages here and there. The overall atmosphere is gloomy, dark and heavy – Spiteful Dirges is just over 18 minutes long but those are 18 hauntingly crushing, sick and disturbing minutes which make it feel much longer than it actually is (in a good way.)
I'm reminded of Megiddo here and there, especially some of the slower passages where the vocals are a dead ringer – same kind of spiteful, grating raspy vocals. Some speedier and busier moments remind me of the last Catholicon album when things get a little more chaotic, bordering on "mind-fuckery". Not much of that, but noticeable when it hits. The sound can be a bit bassy at times, which kind of clashes with the rest which has more of a grinding, razor-sharp sound that just rips.
Spiteful Dirges is a promising little EP, and if the guys have more of this in stock for an upcoming full-length, we should be hearing their name more in the future...
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