Enthean – Priests of Annihilation (Review)

EntheanEnthean are from the US and this is their début album. They play Black Metal.

This is progressive, technical and symphonic Black/Death Metal. It’s a bit of a mouthful, but then this is a band who have a lot of different influences. I hear bands like Zyklon, Dissection, Emperor, Dimmu Borgir, Septic Flesh and Fleshgod Apocalypse in their sound.

The music is bright and modern, with symphonic and atmospheric elements aided by some quality keyboard work. The musicianship is above reproach and this technical edge adds a focused, exacting layer to the symphonic delivery that’s very gratifying.

The band reveal themselves to have a decent Death Metal influence to their sound, which lends them a heaviness and sharp brutality. This merely enhances the blackened symphonic parts of the music by providing it with a firm anchor to work from. They also use this as a jumping board for more progressive and reflective explorations, which allows these songs the freedom to go where they like and do what they will.

The main vocals are kind of growled screams, which remind me of the singer of Zyklon. Cleans are sparingly used, but used well.

Enthean have created a satisfying and engrossing Extreme Metal release that essentially just transcends genre tags and revels in creating music that embodies a multitude of different metal styles.

Highly recommended.

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