Thursday, May 5, 2016

ENOID - Exilé Aux Confins Des Tourments

Enoid - Exilé Aux Confins Des Tourments (2016, Satanath Records / Black Plague Records)

The Swiss Black Metal one man band Enoid is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the release of Exilé Aux Confins Des Tourments. Singing in French their depressive and suicidal Black Metal, Bornyhake is taking a path that can’t left you hoping for happiness or joy. There is not one moment of positiveness and the claustrophobic music makes it a highly effective record in the genre.

Taking the musical aesthetics of the lo-fi Scandinavian Black Metal, Exilé Aux Confins Des Tourments is well executed and the final mix is putrid and disgusting just right for the lyrics and its packaging. The album is reprising rhythms and beats that made Black Metal what it is today. It is grim, evil, violent, dangerous, and highly suicidal. At first I must admit not being a fan of depressive Black Metal and the whole current of suicidal BM either. But it would not be fair to not tell that I actually enjoyed the musical parts of Enoid’s instrumentations. Saturated guitars, blast beats to full overdrive and a fulfilling sense of ordered chaos. With this seventh album and twenty years making evil music he mastered the craft and the sound of a deviled record.

Pretty much like some more extreme bands like NSBM bands, which I’m sure Enoid is not, I do not agree with their lyrical choices but I can enjoy the music and the sheer talent of the musicianship. So overall, Exilé Aux Confins Des Tourments is a captivating piece of fast and aggressive Black Metal. It is an offering that is Black Metal in its purest form, not reinventing the genre but delivering a solid entry in it.


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