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Review: Ecnephias - Ways of Descention
Ways of Descention

Label: code666
Year released: 2010
Duration: 41:43
Tracks: 9
Genre: Doom/Death


Review online: August 2, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (12 Votes)

Ecnephias present quite the mix of genres here – not that they can't make up their minds, but they took a shot at marrying extreme metal with more mellow genres/sub-genres such as symphonic, gothic, Doom, Death and just plain acoustic. The result is rather uneven and surprisingly pretty bland – this sounds pretty flat overall. The vocals are mostly a timid growl with no presence; the guitars are often barely audible and relegated to the background. These guys love their keyboards and those actually sound pretty good here, along with the acoustic passages. Ecnephias tried to turn some mellow stuff into a more extreme version here, and it hurts at times – though they get it right here and there. Quite frankly I found it quite difficult to get through a few listens of this stuff. But then again, I've never been much into experimentation, so those who like weird marriages of sounds may like this more than I did – but I can pretty much guarantee no-one will be blown away by this.

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