The Apocalypse Manifesto (Metal Blade)
Enslain Magazine Issue #7
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Black Fucking Metal. When the term is mentioned, most tend to think of the masters such as Marduk, Mayhem, Impaled Nazarene, or Dark Funeral. Those who only know of the big names should do themselves a favor and give a chance to the next wave of more obscure, yet equally skilled bands comparable to those just mentioned. One such band in the next wave is Enthroned. This Belgian band has put out some slightly above average black metal in the past and has even lost a band member to suicide, which seems to have become a kind of bad coincidence in the genre. However, all bad experiences and past product aside, this is one savage and tormenting piece of work. Their strongest and most lethal offering by far, “The Apocalypse Manifesto” should be the album to make Enthroned a bigger name on the map. The album is engorged with hate filled blackness. Sharp killing sounds that can decapitate the most robust of religious fanatics. Whirlwind nonstop manic drumming abound throughout the album that will make Frederik from Marduk take notice. The track that makes the album, however, is the ode to Attila the Hun, “The Scourge of God.” Angry, tormented riffs, pounding drum desecration, and a hideously blasphemous guitar rhythm reminiscent of Morbid Angel circa 1989 (but with a much blacker feel), make this track a pure classic. This one song was cut from the same cloth that spawned “Pure Holocaust,” “Carnage,” and “Darkness It Shall Be.” All black metal aficionados and hell, even those who fear/hate black metal should give themselves the chance to be bathed in this fountain of pure abomination. “The Apocalypse Manifesto” is a must have. -- Morbid Mario