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Review: Enoria - Enoria

Label: Independent
Year released: 2010
Duration: 54:22
Tracks: 13
Genre: Gothic Metal


Review online: August 10, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 2.25/5 (45%) (4 Votes)

I don't really know when "Gothic" came to mean "with a girl in it", but that seems to have happened regardless of what I think. At least Enoria are actually trying to sound Gothic rather than just kind of looking Gothic. This is one of several albums I have seen lately with naked and/or shoeless guys on the covers clutching at their heads. I gather it is supposed to look depressing, but it really just looks like the dude got a headache from listening to your music.

The good here is singer Marie, who has a nicely smooth, warm voice that doesn't try to overwork her upper ranges. She's not really emotive enough to sound very gothy, and she's very cool and remote. Still, she is the best part of this band. The riffs they have are either pedestrian or annoying, as they seem addicted to jazzy stop-starts and key changes, and the lyrics are absolute rubbish. Guitar sound is round and featureless, the keys are in the background, and they sensibly let the vocals take the lead, but Marie is not hitting it hard enough for a lead performance, and by not grabbing the spotlight she has left it empty. Picture an empty stage, spotlight on nobody, with piped music coming from somewhere while you wait for a real performer to take the limelight – that is pretty much this album in a nutshell.

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