Enthral - _Prophecies of the Dying_
(Hot Records, 1997)
by: Pedro Azevedo (
Over one hour of blackened Norwegian metal that features some Swedish influences, divided in songs of around ten minutes each. Add the reasonably careful packaging that _PotD_ has and some favourable adjectives, and you have what could be a promising package. However, the album turns out to be quite weak. It has a rather peculiar overall sound, mainly because of the unusually loud and clear bass sound; this might even have been positive, but the rest of the production is far from ideal and the bass sound becomes annoying. However, the main problem with _PotD_ is that Enthral display neither the creativity nor the technical skills they needed to turn this into a good album. As a result, the songs become repetitive and lack points of interest, with few exceptions -- Enthral are just -very- far from the creativity and talent of a band such as Opeth. The production doesn't help either -- and Enthral are nowhere near the remarkable intensity of, for example, Nagelfar's _Hunengrab im Herbst_, either. Ironically, Enthral failed to enthral me with their _Prophecies of the Dying_.
(article published 7/6/1998)
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