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Review: Endemise - Far From The Light
Far From The Light

Label: Independent
Year released: 2013
Duration: 43:59
Tracks: 10
Genre: Melodic Death Metal


Review online: December 8, 2013
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
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Such juvenile fusing of words in Endemise's namesake had me putting off listening to this one. Their name just left me with no particular interest or desire, and for the most part my instincts were right. The band's style is a blend of black and death metal wrapped up in a contemporary melodic death metal blanket, with symphonic elements sewn in just to ensure the band covers all ground. Think of a blend of mid-period Dimmu Borgir with modern Insomnium and you won't be too far off what Endemise do.

The sound across the board is a little rough around the edges, and at times it feels like certain instruments struggle to find a place in the mix; especially when the symphonic elements are brought into the sound. The vocals switch between that hissing style of black metal vocals, as well as the expected cookie monster growls that are largely inescapable in context of genre. The guitars sound decent throughout, although I can't say there's all that much in the way of riffs. There's certainly more in the way of chugging guitars, and twisted Iron Maiden-style harmonies than anything here, resulting in a sound very much in touch with the Gothenburg melodic death metal scene.

Endemise doesn't really offer up anything all that exciting or memorable on their sophomore effort, and as such doesn't leave me with all that much to say. It's kind of a shame the production doesn't sound more modern, as it could well castrate the appeal of the cookie cutter fans of the genre, who would no doubt lap this band up otherwise. The black metal style elements throughout do little for the album, and at times the hissing vocals grate more than anything.

On the whole I'm left feeling completely indifferent with Far From The Light. There's nothing distinctly bad about Endemise, but the album for the most part comes across completely average to me. This might be worth checking out if you're looking for something a little different in your melodic death metal, but it's one I can't imagine offering much for repeated listens.

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