Enthral - _Subterranean Movement_
by: Xander Hoose (
Norwegian black metal band Enthral might not ring a bell with everyone, but in the past they've shared members with Dimmu Borgir and The Flesh and their resumé includes two full-lengths. Having been around since 1996, they've had some style changes -- from a more classical sound with cello and soprano vocals, they moved towards a style reminiscent of earlier Covenant and Satyricon. The main problem with Enthral and their _Subterranean Movement_ album is that they have to compete in a league where bands with a cult status get all the attention, while smaller bands have to be really innovative or extremely good in order to reach a target audience. Enthral is neither: innovation is not what Enthral is aiming at with their rock-solid textbook black songwriting; and while Enthral are good, they are not extremely good. If they're good enough to make it to the next level remains to be seen, but those who give this album a try might be pleasantly surprised. _Subterranean Movement_ won't do you any wrong, that's for sure.
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