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The Apocalypse Manifesto marks a quite big change by Enthroned. The predecessor, that great Towards The Skullthrone Of Satan, was evil but raw as fuck and now, finally we have a better production that exalts the great drums work and the always excellent guitars lines. All, in all this album is different from the others before for a better production and I believe, an higher level of brutality.
The title track, after a short intro, is unbelievable for malevolence in the rhythmic guitars sounds and we can always found epic, satanic, obscure melodies in the long notes by the lead guitars to give even a more desecrating touch. “Death Faceless Chaos” is total blast beats until 2:17 where there are some epic passages with the bass drum in the first line.
Really, this is the Enthroned album where you can breathe the most obscure stenches ever: brimstone and hell. The atmosphere is truly apocalyptic and for this check out the riff at the beginning to “Retribution Of The Holy Trinity” or the great, majestic riff at 2:20…one of the greatest things Enthroned ever did. It’s impossible to remain indifferent in front of such violence.
The attack of “Genocide” is superb with plenty of blast beats and distorted, fast solos and following stops where the band’s skills towards dark melodies arise in a mess of hellish fires. In this case “Volkermord, Der Antigott” is great, featuring one of the most screamed performances by Peter Tagtgren (as special guest) at the beginning, with his classic scream-whistle.
The pure death metal influences can be found in the first part of “Alasor Rex Perpetuus Doloris” that features inhuman vocals and great blast beats always mixed with evil lead riffage and great atmosphere. The epic, awesome “The Scourge Of God” ends an album that surely doesn’t feature filler songs or mediocre songwriting. Another great album by Enthroned.