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all this stuff sounds the same - 40%

Noktorn, January 5th, 2011

Have you heard an underground black metal band? I mean the kind that have actual bad production and churn out tapes for the same 10 people like 5 times a year? Then you have a good idea of what Enecare sounds like. Whenever it comes time for me to review a release like this I wonder what the point of it is, exactly; the fanbase for this sort of thing (which, to be fair, more often than not includes myself) is so insular and confined that there's no real question of this being up in the air for a possible purchase. If you're the audience, you have this already. If you're not, you're not even reading this review.

Well, Enecare is unlistenable for anyone not into actual underground black metal and pretty standard for those who are. The production is extremely cloudy and muffled, with vocals clipping like crazy and a drum machine that monotonously ticks away in the background, barely audible under the wavering wall of guitars. It's essentially riff based music and there aren't a whole lot of them- maybe three or four per track- and they just sort of loop and alternate with each other in patterns that are basically random and not very consequential to the nature of the music anyway- if you're into this, you already own it, don't you?

Enecare isn't extremely different from Zarach 'Baal' Tharagh or any other typical member of this scene; it's hardly interesting music, but beyond that it's not really harsh or deranged enough to eclipse the simple middle-of-the-road quality of the compositions. Most of the riffs are pretty standard tremolo numbers; perhaps slightly more random in composition than most, climbing up and down the fretboard with little pursuit of a particular melodic goal, but mostly standard nonetheless. Drum programming is pretty lazy; a single beat will form the rhythm for most of a given song with maybe a variation or two thrown in when it would be completely untenable for the riff over it, but for the most part it's irrelevant, as are the yawning, snarling vocals which just kind of laze around like a fat cat on a Sunday afternoon. Everything's just sort of dissonant and off kilter in the way that just about all these bands are.

This project is going to make the same style of music for the same people until the day it ends and you already know if you're a part of it, so whatever. 666 copies is probably an overly optimistic number of sales for something like this; a tenth of that would likely suffice and the rest will sit in a closet somewhere until the nuclear holocaust occurs. It doesn't really matter; Enecare is clearly making music for itself and the release of it is just a convenient fringe benefit.