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   ENSHADOWED
Messengers Of The Darkest Dawn
2002
Black Lotus Records
http://go.to/enshadowed


rating: 3/5

1. The Beckoning
2. War And Damnation
3. Suicidal Lunacy
4. A Coffin In The Catacombs Of      Voidness
5. Northbound
6. From A Carnal To A Spiritual Fist
7. Jesus Christ Cage
8. Gospel Of Death
"Messengers Of The Darkest Dawn" is the first full length album by this four-pieced Greek black metal band. In 1998 they formed under the name of Sacrificial and after making their first promo tape, "Dethroned", they changed their name to Nocternity Enshadowed. They made three more demos - "Reign Of Terror", "Cremation Odes" and "Nocternity Enshadowed", before they got a record deal with the Greek label, Black Lotus Records. "Messengers Of The Darkest Dawn" was recorded in the autumn of 2001.

When you think about Greek black metal bands, I bet on first thing you expect is something like Rotting Christ. In this case you will be surprised and may be disappointed with Enshadowed because their music was made in the vein of old-school Scandinavian black metal. Raw, grim music with breaks and rhythm changes and with the required malicious atmosphere. Sure, this album is not something very original but the songs are not repetitive or boring either. They are built upon many variations to keep the listener's interest and all the combination they made resulted great songs. Melodies make the music more acceptable but don't think of keyboards, just the guitars are there for this job. Only the last two songs, those are also the longest ones, differ from the rest on the album. "Jesus Christ Cage" has the sharpest tempo changes, it slows downs so much you would already expect its end but then the music speeds up again to continue. This is repeated again before the song really ends. And the last track, "Gospel Of Death" starts slowly with a misty atmoshpere. (If the album started off with this song I would expect some experimental record.) But around the 6th minute evil is unleashed. This is the grimmest part of the album and even its sound is dustier. It's misanthropic and the lowered guitar solo in the background gives a sharp edge to this part of the song.

The ones I enjoyed the most: "Suicidal Lunacy", "A Coffin In The Catacombs Of Voidness", "Northbound". If you became tired from the popularity of nowadays trendy black metal bands and you are looking for something that has a timeless feeling, I'm sure you will enjoy it.

submitted by Katalin 22.04.2003

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