Past Time Spirit
Beyond The Black Gate
The Wanderers’ Song (Instrumental)
Buried In The Labyrinth
8. The Unleashed Ones
(Bass, Backing Vocals)
"Forgotten Memories" enigmatik
|reviews by Boris Witta and by Gianrichy Giamboi|
review by Boris "Azrael" Witta ___
never heard anything about the Swiss Enigmatik so far, so I was very
positively surprised when I heard “Forgotten Memories” for the first
time. Enigmatik play a very own, a very special
and a progressive way of Black Metal. They
have lots of influences, from Swedish and Melodic Death Metal to Thrash
and of course every kind of Black Metal. It’s
this variability which makes Enigmatik’s first full-length album after
two demos (one maxi and one MCD) so special and so fresh for the Extreme
Metal scene, because I think the quartet created something which is
really new and original. This begins with the vocals of Hysgarth:
he is able to scream really evil, he growls like a Death Metal shouter
and he’s also able to sing clean in a hymnic and majestic way. And of
course the rest of the band doesn’t stand behind and I think they’re
all good and experienced musicians.
words to the production, which is very successful, you can easyly listen
to every instrument, and this is important for an ambitious album
show an enormous potential on “Forgotten Memories” and I think an
analysis of the songs makes sense in this case, because everyone is a
The Black Gate
Wanderer’s Song (Instrumental)
In The Labyrinth
last words, I can only say: listen to Enigmatik, they really deserve it!
“Forgotten Memories” is one of the best Extreme Metal albums of the
year. A big compliment for that!
review by Gianrichy "Richy" Giamboi ___
two demo cds, a single and a mini cd, ENIGMATIK present us their first
longplay record named “Forgotten memories”. After listening to this
piece for several times, I may say, their work is really well done!
music of “Forgotten memories” isn’t made to reveal its whole power
and concept after the first superficial listening. At first the eight
compositions may seem a little bit too complicated, but after a few
times, this cd reveals its whole depth.
music of ENIGMATIK is a mix of many styles. They achieve to put together
in a song black metal, death metal, progressive and epic elements. The
vocals go from deepest grunts to coldest black metal shouts, and many
times the listener will find also clean vocals like Bathory from
“Hammerheart” times. The lyrics reveal visions of the apocalypse and
are really dark and desperate. They fit perfectly to the music!
production of "Forgotten Memories" is really well done, the
sound is loud but clear, so that every single note can be heard.
For my personal preferences I might have liked a different snare sound
and perhaps a little more of “room”, but these are really peanuts
and a question of personal opinions.
first track, Past Time Spirit begins with a black metal storm and
really fast blasts. After a beautiful melodic riff, it's time for the
first clean vocals. After a bath in different emotions and atmospheres,
grunts and screams, the track ends again with a melodic riff that
supports clean vocals. Puhh I must admit, making a review of this cd
will be really difficult as there are so many elements in each song,
that describing everything is almost impossible!
let's go to the second masterpiece called Beyond the black Gate.
This song begins with clean guitars, remembering me a little bit of
Opeth in times of “Blackwater Park” (this is meant as a compliment
guys!). Very deep, romantic and in the same time sad atmosphere! After
that, we plunge in the middle of midtempo and slow riffs. After being
thrown through grunts and screams, we end in a calm sea of clean vocals,
supported again by a really good guitar melody.
third song Solaris begins with a groovy and catchy riff in death
metal style. Here the drums do really good work, fit well to the
atmosphere and support the ambience of this track! I must say, the whole
song is very catchy, but at the same time the band doesn't renounce to
technical virtuosity. The song ends with a spoken words riff, that gives
a perfect end!
we come to the instrumental song of “Forgotten Memories”. This track
is named The Wanderer’s Song. The beginning reminds a little
bit of Sepultura's “Kaiowas”, but is not as simply made. The toms do
really good work and give the needed variation. I must say this song is
good to take breath and to be ready to attack the second part of this
really good work! So let's go!!
come now to Buried in a Labyrinth. At first we find a very smashy
riffs, that animates the listener to bang in front of his stereo, but be
careful! You’ll be surprised by the coming black metal storm and throw
yourself out of the window if you aren’t prepared to it!! This really
intensive black metal part transforms itself slowly in a midtempo riff
and ends in an atmospheric melody in which both guitars give their
really best!! After an intermezzo in clean vocals, we come again to the
first smash riff and another riff that follows masters like Pestilence,
Death or Cynic. After that the track ends again with a black metal riff.
we come to number six Sovereign. A very dark guitar riff at the
beginning and midtempo and slow rhythms are the characteristics of this
piece, the end in a blasting black metal inferno, well done too!!
number seven is Fallen Halls. Clean vocals with epic melodies do
the beginning, beautiful guitar harmonies and sometimes blasting storms
are put together to construct this song. Coming near the end there is a
really good and well done guitar solo. In my personal opinion, the solo
would need more volume and perhaps a little bit of hall or chorus,
because it is really good and deserve to catch the attention of the
listener in a more intensive way. Finally we are thrown in a very catchy
death metal riff with an extraordinary rhythm section! Bang on!!
last song of “Forgotten Memories” is called The Unleashed Ones.
The beginning transforms itself in an intense melodic and at the same
time rhythmic riff. After that we come to a clean vocal part. After many
rhythm changes and several black and death metal riffs the song finds
slowly its end with clean vocals followed by another beautiful guitar
Resuming my impressions, I have to say that ENIGMATIK has done a really good job! The concept of the songs is not really simple to be followed, and the clean vocal parts seem sometimes a little bit thin, but these are only little things in which the band will surely improve in the next future. I’m looking forward to seeing them soon in the Z7 in Pratteln! Give them their well deserved chance!!
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