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Atanas - Enitharmon - 91%

Edmund Sackbauer, January 14th, 2020
Written based on this version: 2019, CD, Independent (Limited edition, Digipak)

Hailing from Slovakia are these three gentlemen who after two EPs finally managed to release their full length debut. Another great example of DIY done right “Enitharmon” is an emotional journey to dark and mystique places. The band is tagged as post black metal and while this surely is true to a certain extent they are also hailing at the altar of the big classics of the eighties and nineties.

The somewhat odd production quality gives the album a raw sound many times throughout, especially in terms of the vocal aspects. The guitar riffs found in this one aren't too complex or fast paced, but they still manage to keep a memorable tone and add to the stellar melodies accompanied by the steady percussions and some loud shrieks. There is some solo guitar action in certain songs, but it's never too overwhelming. However, I will say that the rhythm and the lead guitar complement each other adequately. Sharp basic chords are melted with eerie and hypnotic harmonies to create an outstanding atmosphere.

The main-tempo is pretty slow to medium paced for a black metal band with some acoustic and ambient parts ramping up the intensity. The song-writing is polished so that the single parts are always merged into fascinating songs and all tracks together form one piece of dark art. There is nothing really hooky or catchy on the surface but fans of cinematic and atmospheric arrangements to metal for sure will love this effort. The music creates a bleak mood and offers a certain kind of melancholic beauty. Post-apocalyptic elements are always subtly present in the background giving the whole affair a slightly desperate but at the same time fascinating character. The band cleverly took the trademark riffs of each track and sliced and diced them to give the songs another layer. Some of the hooks and main themes are very memorable so after the second or third listen you will recognize most of the lead lines and it will become easy to distinguish one song from the other and see the whole picture that they wanted to create.

The production is clean and defined without sounding too modern or sterile. There is a certain level of rawness and filthiness left without sacrificing the clarity of the mix. Each instrument can be heard and even the bass gets a few moments to shine. Rounded off by a nice looking cover artwork and a high quality digipak “Enitharmon” is an album that fans of the genre should check out.