Enthroned – Pentagrammaton
Release: 2010May22 (US)
Label: Regain Records
When I first heard Enthroned back in the early 00s, I knew them as a relentless, yet second-rate black metal band. They’ve matured a lot since those days.
After a short-lived atmospheric intro, evil black carnage ensues with “The Vitalized Shell”. The production is a lot softer than their older material, grazing the realm of commercial metal. But the songs feel nonetheless powerful, with plenty of dissonance and mighty, menacing vocals.
The compositions may be straightforward, with little unexpected outside standard black metal realms, but sonically, it is extremely heavy. The delivery is strong with these well-trodden riffs, especially where the drums are involved. “Ornament of Grace” is particularly impressive with its tremolo-picked walls of chords and high production value. They dip into European-style thrash metal on “Magnvs Princeps Leopardi”, but are better off staying grim.
One of my biggest complaints is that there is sometimes an unwelcome mixture of dynamic drums and primitive, minimalist guitars—especially in the title track. However “Nehas’t” is absolutely devastating, in a good way. The endless blast beats, ghastly chord progressions and remarkable harmonies, complete with pedal notes and threatening vocals, keep it going until the end.
Pentagammaton has its ups and downs, but just seems to blur in the landscape. While I have a hard time finding deep faults, there’s also nothing overly creative from the blackened Belgians.
1. In Missi Solemnibvs
2. The Vitalized Shell
3. Rion Riorrim
4. Ornament of Grace
5. Magnvs Princeps Leopardi
8. The Essential Chaos
9. Ad Te Clamamvs Exsvles Morvua Liberi
10. Unconscious Minds