Saturday, April 23, 2016

REVIEW - DIE ENTWEIHUNG - NEVERENDING TERRORISM - CD

DIE ENTWEIHUNG - NEVERENDING TERRORISM - CD
ZOMBIE RECORDS/ACEPHALE WINTER PRODUCTIONS/ZOMBIE RECORDS ISRAHELL DIVISION/ZRID-CD01
DARK METAL/DOOM METAL/MELODIC METAL
COMES IN A JEWEL CASE WITH SIX PANEL INSERT.
INCLUDES LYRICS. LIMITED TO 500 COPIES.
DIE ENTWEIHUNG IS:
DENIS TERESCHENKO
  

I.) MEGALOMANIA:
"Neverending Terrorism" is DIE ENTWEIHUNG's first release to abandon
the raw Black Metal style that was the primary focus of previous releases.
Solo member Denis Tereschenko even went so far as to abandon his previous
stage name during this rebirth of the project's style. Here we find DIE
ENTWEIHUNG adopting a melodic Dark Metal style. Still raw and unpolished
overall, but still much smoother than previous efforts. Although this style
was present during moments of previous albums, This is the first time it's
been the main focus for the act. "Megalomania" intro's the album with a
cinematic score featuring beautifully hand picked acoustic guitars along
with stunning piano melodies over hauntingly flowing synth strings. The
melody is intoxicating and every instrument is perfectly in tune and in
time. Various movements take place making for a great introductory piece.
A little more "uplifting" at times than what I usually prefer, But with
enough dark and doom-ridden tones weaved within it's passages to make for
an enjoyable track for those more inclined to menacing or depressing themes.

II.) DEATH IS PRIMA DONNA:
Following is a mid-paced guitar based groove. Programmed drums, Lead guitars
that bring to mind early to mid TIAMAT and bass guitars that compliment the
piece without wandering too far from the initial structure. The vocals start
out as deep and rough grunts in a traditional 90's Death/Doom style. Think
early ANATHEMA/PARADISE LOST/DARK TRANQUILITY/KATATONIA/Ect. Clean vocals
are present on the chorus but feel a bit too lazy and uninspired to me...
But this is common with this style of Metal. The lead guitars are just as
excellent as on the previous album I reviewed by DIE ENTWEIHUNG, And at
times perhaps even more skillfully executed. The drum machine programming
sounds a little more refined this time around as well. Soaring leads lift
us up and drop us back off into the pre-chorus/chorus which is pretty badass
and catchy in a good way that you rarely hear from Metal bands these days.
There is a really weird, But awesome synth segment that plays along with
another guitar solo as heavy mid-tempo riffs play on. Some interesting
drum tricks are added to make this a solid track overall. 

III.) 9/11-24/7:
Although the track title here is kind of goofy, It does recall the old
Political commentary tracks of 1980's Thrash Metal bands. The song itself
is similar to the previous one but slightly more menacing and gritty in
tone. There are some badass riffs featured that bring to mind early MERCY-
FUL FATE, GROTESQUE (Pre AT THE GATES) and many other great releases that
most people have long forgotten, So it is truly great to see this style on 
a release that is less than a year old. A synth piano/violin interlude brings
fatigued and miserable atmospheres. Mid paced drums and slow, Melodic lead guitars
take us into a passage that recalls early MY DYING BRIDE and KATATONIA. An excellent
demonstration of the original Dark Metal and Death Doom sounds with close attention
paid to melody, Flow and feeling...Something that a lot of underground music seems
to lack these days. We return to the doom laden MERCYFUL FATE style riffs and once 
again we are headbanging in slow motion. Violins return and add a very Progressive
Metal vibe to the song which I really liked. The synths are not the most high end
in terms of sound or tone but they do the job and show off DIE ENTWEIHUNG's skills
in terms of composition.

IV.) REQUIEM FOR A LIVING:
First era MORTIIS and second era BURZUM style synth flutes open this instrumental
piece. Soon after we are greeted by slow/mid-paced rhythm guitars/Bass/Drums and
beautiful soaring leads. This is definitely my favorite track on the record so far
when it comes to musicianship. The leads are slightly similar to ANATHEMA and the
following rhythm guitar chug is as well. The following leads however are closer to
early KATATONIA demos in their flow and notation. Delay/reverb is utilized without
being used as a method to hide behind. All the settings are crisp and clearly heard.
Many underground Metal bands these days hide behind walls of sound generated from
their effect pedals being cranked up to ten, But Denis Tereschenko possesses the
skill to really shine without needing too much extra help. Once again, Something
that is far too rare in the underground Metal scene nowadays.

V.) LIFELONG SUFFERING:
"Lifelong Suffering" is another instrumental interlude that actually works pretty
well. Typically too many instrumentals one after another can be pushing it, But
this is not really the case here. Finger picked acoustics glide over piano notes
that are both deep and brittle. Resonant and warm tones play along with more 
meditative and Folk oriented cord progressions. The overall feel is sort of similar
to ULVER's acoustic work on their second studio album. Although this is not nearly as
dark sounding as the name suggests, It does send one into a daydream like state
of contemplation which can be just as powerful and effective when exploring such
themes as lifelong suffering and agony. In fact the track comes across as a funerary
ballad or dirge. An audio obituary if you will. Whether it be intended to mourn the
loss of a loved one or a loss of quality and enjoyment of one's own life, Only
Denis Tereschenko can truly know. 

VI.) GOD'S GREEN NAME:
The next two tracks feature a return of vocals. Perfect timing that makes for
great and thematic album pacing. "God's Green Name" is your standard Metal
song about people being fucked up and fucking up the world around them in
the name of greed and religion...So nothing groundbreaking there, But it is
still a pretty solid track regardless. We're still in mid-tempo as we have
been for at least 90% of the album. Not necessarily a bad thing. The guitars
are smooth and almost bluesy on this one. Clean guitars are added and we go
into a doomy, Melodic ballad featuring whispered rasps and chilling cord
progression's. This kicks into heavy melodic Death Doom that is about as
true to the genres sound as you can get. Warm synth string arrangements
joined by emotive leads fill the air with a sorrowful chill that is enhanced
even more when the drums and whispered vocals return. The heavier moments on
this one really remind me a lot of the early days of DARK TRANQUILITY. Early
90's Doom Metal done right. Interesting shifts and changes keep this one going
strong. Probably my favorite track on the album overall. Slow pounding double
bass drums under killer leads, Rich rhythm guitar tone and simple, Yet effective
riffing, Synths in the right places and a steady bass throb, And a little more
diversity vocally all make this one a stand out track. Basically think early
MY DYING BRIDE covered by early DARK TRANQUILITY and you'll have an idea of
what this one sounds like. There is also an interesting synth interlude at
the end of the track that has a bit of an early OPETH sort of sound to it.
All around a great track.

VII.) SMARTHPHONE MAN:
I must admit that the title of this one made me laugh but it is relevant to the
world we live in. Consumerism, Greed and a lack of overall intelligence among
humanity today are the key themes of this record. Thrashy riffs are joined by
a lead melody that is a little too "happy" to my ears. It's not bad, Just a bit
too playful for my taste. Strong vocals and sinister tremolo picking make up for
it though. The drums are particularly well placed on this one. Definitely a toe
tapper. The main/opening riffs are repeated along with choir synths and it makes
for a perfect combination. Moments of this track are twice as fast as most of the
album. Still not Speed Metal by any means but a nice pick up in pace. Epic/Symphonic
moments really shine through here as well as hints of traditional Middle Eastern scales
that glide over crunchy power chords. Elements of traditional Heavy Metal are also present
and the combination of all of the above mentioned is quite stellar. That one riff that bugged
me makes a return that I could do without but hey, That's just me...And it's not something that
should stop one from enjoying a song that is arranged and executed this skillfully. Again we
have moments that tend to have a Progressive Metal quality to them. Especially on the later
half of the track. A strong end wraps this one up and takes us into the finale.

VIII.) SEDATION:
"Sedation" closes things and comes on fragile and beautifully acoustic strings. 
Once again finger picked. This one flows fluidly and has a very 1970's Folk
sound to it. Short but enjoyable. A nice closer for sure.

RECOMMENDED FOR FANS OF EARLY 90'S DEATH/DOOM AND DARK METAL BANDS LIKE: PARADISE LOST/
MY DYING BRIDE/TIAMAT/ANATHEMA/KATATONIA/THE GATHERING/DARK TRANQUILITY/ETC:

7.5/10
-ABATTOIR-

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DIE ENTWEIHUNG - NEVERENDING TERRORISM
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