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ENOID
ENOID
Exilé Aux Confins Des Tourments
(Satanath Records)
41:52min

ENOID is a Black Metal one-man band from France. Formed back in 2005 (but already dwelling with different names since 1996) this is their sixth album. As far as I know the only band member actually handles all the instruments, drums included. In fact this is not the first time I have been faced with this band, and from what I can remember not that much has changed. They still play raw Black Metal inspired by early BURZUM and the Black Metal era of DARKTHRONE, with ice-shilling melodies, with more emphasis on the aura and atmosphere rather than heaviness. It has that sort of wicked melodies also comparable to very early EMPEROR. And vocals that go along with the style. In all, it is not that bad for the style, and fans of the aforementioned bands will do no wrong checking them out. They actually have quite a variety in playing styles as it is not just mid-tempo or fast, they like to play in a variety of tempos that makes this more interesting and to sound less repetitive than similar bands. This album is done in French... well, not something one would notice anyway. After a few listenings, there are some riffs that got stuck in the head like the one in 'Sourire Éternel Sur Mes Lèvres' which has a quite hypnotic aura. My only minor complain would be that the drums at times get lost in the very fast parts, something that happens a lot to similar bands. Still, this is a very good release for Black Metal fans, and also another hit in the Satanath Records catalog. www.facebook.com/enoidblackmetal, http://enoid.bandcamp.com, www.satanath.com

Julián “Ode Ŕ La Haine” Núńez

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ENOID
ENOID
Exilé Aux Confins Des Tourments
(Satanath Records)
41:52min

Ormenos comprises the one-man Black Metal effigy of ENOID. And it's refreshing that the sound of ENOID sounds more like a band than a one-man presentation recorded in a bedroom on a laptop. Earlier albums such as "Ataraxiis" took a little growing, but matured into thriving Black Metal that stood up to many. But the sixth studio album "Exilé Aux Confins Des Tourments" shows a more solid, immediately enjoyable piece of work beginning with the opening track 'Je T'Arracherai Les Cieux '. The second track 'Ces Cicatrices Dans Mon Âme' is pure Black Metal at its finest. The atmosphere, the melancholic rhythms and piercing vocals combine to draw us into the world of ENOID... a bleakness we come to associate with this genre. 'Mangez Ma Chair, Prenez Ma Douleur' slows it down a little without losing its appeal. The fourth track 'La Croix De Mon Existence' blasts back into action with a quick-paced cry of agony. And it's nice to hear real drums in a one-man band, which is a rarity. 'Sourire Éternel Sur Mes Lèvres' bleeds angst with its old school Black Metal guitars and driving drumming. The women screaming at the beginning of 'La Lumière Disparaît' is unnecessary, but luckily doesn't last long. The track itself is consistent with the earlier tracks in its intensity. The album ends with 'Ode À La Haine', which emits a feeling of drowning in despair while grasping and reaching for a way to the surface. If you want a solid Black Metal album, you won't be disappointed. ENOID's maturity as an artist ensures a lasting career in the world of Black Metal. For more information, check out www.facebook.com/enoidblackmetal, http://enoid.bandcamp.com, www.satanath.com

David Simonton

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