MetalBite Review by Tom on 5/6/2014
More than twenty years building the scene, 10 great full lengths, live album, some EP's and few splits should be proof enough to anybody that Belgium's Enthroned
are alive and well. Their newest album Sovereigns
is going to be mentioned many times during 2014 and it will end up on many Year's Best, Iím sure of it. If any of you out there still don't know it, I recommend asking your neighbor for a slap in the face with his shovel for a wake up effect and then a quick purchase of the album because you'll need to listen to some good black metal while your face goes back to normal.
Hereís what you can expect. Album starts with an evil sounding intro and then all hell breaks loose. Enthroned
attacks with a fury and sulphur to erase all non believers from their path with viciously blasting insanity. Sovereigns
bursts with speed and intensity that remind me at moments of Marduk
, just to move into soaring riffs that Satyricon
accustomed us to, and then there are depressing passages that Forgotten Tombs
creates. None of it obvious and all of it mixed with some wicked, malicious sounding intros and passages. Drumming moving with the speed of light and malevolent vocals are completing the picture of this blood thirsty monstrous beast.
created album that raises the standards for smart and entertaining black metal. Superbly recorded, mixed and mastered they give us an album that is pure pleasure to listen to and dissect. I feel very affectionate about what they did here and I recommend that one to fans of well recorded and thought-out black metal. If forest recordings, Viking songs or such things are your thing - you must look elsewhere.
Rating: 9 out of 10