|ENIGMATIK: "Where Evil is
|review by dalia "gryphon_spirit"
"And I left the life To roam in the Eternity" ...
Imagine the background athmosphere of "Reptile" from Dimmu Borgir and now try to change it into a similar one but darker and heavier, even more evocative and diabolical. Then try to imagine a black metal tempo more similar to that one of the last Immortal production mixing it with many tempo changes à la Agathodaimon, making again the whole darker and heavier, with the introduction of much more experimentation and influences from all darkest genres , from a certain kind of gothic, till the doom death. Now introduce epic symphonic moments with a touch of rituality and theatricality, female chantings and narration moments like they would come from afterlife. Well you can maybe imagine now how this French Swiss act plays and interprets its own personal, incredible , original, dark, mystical and absolutely gloomy Melodic Black Metal. I personally think that the Black is very difficult to be heard and understood in general .Exceptions are all Black fans since ever of course!, but I'm sure that most of you will agree with me when I say that Black is still a kind of insider-genre for few elected people. But why that? In my opinion the answer is very easy! There is a lack of groups that can introduce you to this kind of music. Enigmatik, in spite of the many obscure aspects of their music, on the contrary are making it possible. Moreover all who don't like Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth, all who cannot follow and appreciate Emperor or Nocte Obducta cause they find them too fast or difficult, could keep an eye on this young band. "Where evil is cloistered" merge a severe and fascinating diabolical ambience, a sense of epic mystery, with the typical Black metal schemes, so that the listeners are captured in a dark "evil world" and are introduced to the Black music step by step.
The Black here is a revelation more than an ear-overwork. Emotion and mystic emphasis are underlined. The listener dives literally in an occult world, where the black metal spirit is wrapped in quality atmospheric moments with fast and slow passages as well, many amazing melancholic piano solos, imposal keyboards , heavy guitar rythmed riffs, experimental bass sounds, demonic vocals. From the moment that black tremolo riffs and fast tempos with valuable accelerations alternate with slow and gloomy passages supported by keyboard soundscapes, the result is a taste, an impression of a strange, rather unusual aggressive slowliness and heaviness, that make this music more poetic and epic than purely fast . But, like I have already mentioned, the most positive fact is that really everybody among the dark oriented metalheads can listen to this music without a problem, experimenting an occult "journey" through the most melodic and melancholic sides of the black, in a world of fear, obtaining a pleasure like only a great mystical adventure can give, "où le jour n'est plus et le mal est reclus" . Vocals are supported by the very strong and versatile voice of Hysgarth accompanied by suggestive Luna's female voice. Lyrics are very interesting and dark as well, mixing very often English, French and German:
the breeze among the trees
Though there are aspects that still need some improving, the current result is already more than amazing, really awsome. It is a very intelligent Black!
serve darkness my soul is Thy
dalia di giacomo
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