Saturday, September 13, 2014

Review: Energumen - Void Spiritualism

Out of the shadows arise Energumen, a black/death metal duo group from Switzerland. The only information given for this group are a set of initials for each member, and nothing else; thus the mystery thickens. With J.FHRR on guitar, vocals and bass, and M.RMSR on drums, Void Spiritualism is the debut demo from Energumen group, who were born in 2010.

Genre: Black Metal, Death Metal
Label: Blood Harvest
Release Date: September 22nd, 2014
  1. Self Abortion Ritual
  2. Invisible Spears of Abomination
  3. Ekliptik Manifestation of Dominance 
Total Playtime: 12 minutes, 44 seconds

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Rating: 6.0/10





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Out of the shadows arise Energumen, a black/death metal duo group from Switzerland. The only information given for this group are a set of initials for each member, and nothing else; thus the mystery thickens. With J.FHRR on guitar, vocals and bass, and M.RMSR on drums, Void Spiritualism is the debut demo from Energumen group, who were born in 2010.

The first feature that the listener will notice when the album begins is its low grade production and high value of treble; both combining to create a muggy sound quality. There's also a reverb effect that encases the overall content, bringing out that authentic olden death metal sound. Right away the vocals are monstrous and gripping; they're not afraid belch a loud, bestial growl right into the face of the audience. The vocals are right up there with Abysmal Lord, though not quite as horrifying but still spine-tingling. In all honesty this fundamental is the only truly endearing feature of the content, and the only real reason to give the album a spin.

The rest is your basic retrograde death metal, though with a slight technical spin in some parts. I love Grave, Death, Celtic Frost and Hellhammer as much as the next headbanger, but with so much of this revival material surfacing within the last year it's easy to say that the trend has worn out its welcome quickly. This review could go on to talk about tremolos, blast beats, fast aggressive compositions, some slightly tangy bass lines, but like this demo it wouldn't be anything that hasn't been written before. There's little deviation between the three tracks, and the drums are mixed a little too loud, causing them to distract from the bass and guitar.

Few bands and albums related to the retro death metal revival movement showcase creative originality, unfortunately Energumen and Void Spiritualism do not fall into this category. Each track is a continuation from the last, with few exclusives separating them. The vocals, however, are another matter all together and are worth the listen for every second that they are present. It's a first effort, and for that it's worth it to check out this mysterious band. Here's to hoping the next release features instrument compositions that are just as astonishing as the vocals.

Digital Download Provided by: Blood Harvest

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