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Review: Enthrallment - Immerse Into Bloody Bliss
Immerse Into Bloody Bliss

Label: Metal Age Productions
Year released: 2008
Duration: 29:18
Tracks: 8
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: March 6, 2009
Reviewed by: Jason Cominetto
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Rated 2.5/5 (50%) (10 Votes)

Man, there sure are a lot of Brutal Death Metal bands out there nowadays aren't there? It's hard for bands that fall under this category to differentiate themselves from the rest of the pack, as is evident here on Immerse into Bloody Bliss.

The approach taken on this album seems easy enough: keep things simple and keep it heavy. Enthrallment accomplish the former in many ways on the album, yet the latter is rarely attained. Through less use of blast beats and a heightened emphasis on bass, the band takes on a slow, crawling sound for a good portion of the album. "Enthrallment" is a perfect example of this sound, as it's probably the best song on the album. It's nice to see a band trying to take things slower in a world where everyone is constantly trying to be faster and more technical than everyone else, yet there's something missing from this music to make it meaningful. The vocals are fitting for this type of music (especially when the back-ups go over the main vocals, like on "Cane the Messiah with the Crook," because it sounds absolutely grotesque), the bassist seems talented, the guitars are nice and heavy, and the drummer never goes too over the top, yet does his job of keeping the music entertaining: so what exactly is wrong?

Simple; the music is boring. As mentioned above, everyone in the band do their job, but they can't seem to find a connection strong enough to bring their respective instruments together to form a truly unique sound. This guttural, drum-heavy music with emphasis on "bree bree" vocals has become mainstream at this point in time, and doing what every other band does at a slower pace no longer fits the bill. Also, the vocal mixing seems off sometimes (or maybe it's the vocalist?), since "Replace in the Grave" has such horrendous vocals that sound so different from the other tracks that someone, somewhere, must have made a mistake.

Enthrallment come close to establishing a sound all their own, but ultimately fall short of being a recognizable needle in a seemingly never-ending haystack of identical sounding bands.

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