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   ENSHADOWED
Intensity
2003
Black Lotus Records
http://go.to/enshadowed


rating: 3/5

Chapter One: Into The Sanctuary Of Death
1. The Fire Burns..(intro)
2. Sunya-Bindu
3. Mental Irruption
4. Obvious Inexistence
Chapter two: Enshadowed Souls Overflow
5. Purity's Failure
6. Horrenda Nox
7. Requiem Of Hatred (Jesus Christ Cage      Part II)
8. The Fire Goes Out...(outro)

Just after a few months I reviewed their first cd, I have already got the second album of Enshadowed to listen to. But what a surprise hit me when I pushed the play button on my stereo?! Is it really the same band? They used to play old-school Scandinavian black metal but "Intensity" contains death metal. What the hell? The explanation is simple and clears everything up. After the release of "Messengers Of The Darkest Dawn", except guitarist Necro, the line-up of the band went through changes. The info sheet doesn't talk about the whys, but I guess there must have been big differences in their opinion when it came to musical directions.

"Intensity" is filled with pure death metal, following the brutal path paved by Swedish and Polish bands. Heavy, intensive music with technical parts and thrilling solos. While this doesn't sound too original, they got an original guitarsound, or better said, a guitar sound that is not widely used - till now you could hear it mostly used by some Norwegian bands. Of course they haven't completely detached from their black metal roots, you can still feel the grimness in their sound but the grinding riffs, the pounding rhythms and the intensity of their music wash it away. Rather their lyrics are still more black metal related. Their new vocalist Snegodron does a good job as well. He growls in different shades and as always, I prefer the deep, "coming from under the ground" type of wall trembling growlings.

The album is divided into two parts, "Into The Sancuary Of Death" and "Enshadowed Souls Overflow". The first chapter is nothing remarkable while the songs in the second one sound more mature with well-thought material. In these three songs there are more changes and variety. They didn't slow down, they didn't break the intensity of the music - it rather sounds more dynamic and powerful.

If you like melodies and brutality combined in death metal then I can recommend you to give a listen to this band because there is potential in them.

submitted by Katalin 16.11.2003

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