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Review: Enthral - Prophecies of the Dying
Prophecies of the Dying

Label: Frostscald Records
Year released: 2010
Originally released in: 1997
Duration: 72:18
Tracks: 7
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: September 20, 2010
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Prophecies of the Dying

Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (4 Votes)

Vicious, evil Black Metal from Norway's Enthral on this Frostscald Records re-release of their debut album Prophecies of the Dying. Raspy vocals, dripping with venom, purposefully atonal riffing and blisteringly fast blast beats are all the hallmarks you need to know this is Black, no ifs, ands or buts.

Clocking in at an astounding 72 minutes plus, Prophecies of the Dying certainly delivers value. And the songs are loooong. There are only seven tracks, with the shortest just over eight minutes. Mercy. I've read a couple of descriptions where this album is described as "symphonic" but I hear nothing like that. There's also very little melody, with the exception of some harmonizing female vocals on "Prophecies of the Dying – Part II" and some slower, melodic riffing on "Saliger Den Som Lir." Nope, just sharp, jagged riffs and rat-tat-tat-tat-tat drumming for 10 minutes at a crack. Honestly, I found the song length to be a significant drawback as the songs started to devolve into a drone after a while.

Black Metal fans will find nothing new, but plenty to like on Prophecies of the Dying.

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