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Esoteric : The Pernicious Enigma



Three years have passed since the release of 'Epistemological Despondency', and Esoteric return with a more mature, but still very dark and psychedelic release.

The very depressive, melancholic intro of the first track, suggests that those guys are actually familiar with the concept "melody"... although they don't apply it too often. Doom fans that are only familiar with the works of bands like My Dying Bride and Anathema, may think after those first five minutes that Esoteric have a sound similar to those bands (especially the melancholic lead guitar sound reminds of Anathema's 'Pentecost III'). But after those five minutes…they'll probably get scared the hell out of them. The familiar Esoteric chaos returns, with a plethora of vocal, bass and guitar effects, extremely tortured, intelligible death grunts and hysterical screams and an overall atmosphere that reminds all too much of a bad trip... the production is not that low any more, although it's still as dark as their previous work, this time leaving more space for the trippy, terrifying effects to unfold.

The tracks still have an average length of about 12 minutes... except the short, aggressive death/grind track 'At War With The Race', whose title once again suggests that those guys will never be best friends with the rest of humanity. I haven't heard anyone complaining about the length of their tracks yet, nor about the fact that they always produce double CD's (apparently because they use their music to get high themselves). There is nothing left to say, except maybe…help yourselves, depressive souls, and get this release...

Reviewer's rating: Unrated

Information

Tracklist :
CD1:
1. Creation (Through Destruction)
2. Dominion of Slaves
3. Allegiance
4. NOXBC9701040

CD2:
1. Sinistrous
2. At War With The Race
3. A Worthless Dream
4. Stygian Narcosis
5. Passing Through Matter

Duration : Approx. 115 minutes

Visit the Esoteric bandpage.

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