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Enid : Seelenspiegel

The Italian Code666 label sent me this CD together with the new opus of Italian space doomsters Void of Silence. It surely ain't doom, but it's tasty, nevertheless.

I must admit that I swallowed hard the first time when after the opening chords on piano, I heard an (apparently) classically trained bariton voice set a chant that made me think of romantic era classical music (and more in particular 'Das Lied' and composers like 'Schuman and 'Schubert). However, my amazement became even stronger when a black metal storm hailed me in the second track. The good-hearted troubadour from the first track had transformed into an infuriated dragon.

After a few listens it became clear that there are no musical limits for these crazy Germans. Classical influences, orchestral intermezzi, piano solo's, folky melodies and multi vocal harmonies are combined with harsh black metal screams, blasting drums and epic guitar solo's as if it were the most normal thing in the world. Sometimes they remind me of Angizia, the other nutty combo from Austria. A few moments later I hear folky tunes a la Empyrium, the next moment I become the witness of a black metallish invasion right from the heart of hell.

I would like to recommend this album, but I'm not sure whether it shall appeal to doom metal fans. If you are in search for heaviness and total darkness or drug-induced heavy-weight riffs, search somewhere else. If you feel like exploring new worlds of weirdness and innovation within the realms of dark metal, you may stumble upon Enid on your path.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Soulglass
2. Land of the lost
3. Nexus
4. Patience's ring
5. Interlude
6. The forbidden site
7. And soon will fall the days…
8. Seelenfrieden
9. Helios' Niedergang

Duration : Approx. 45 minutes

Visit the Enid bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
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