Enid - _Seelenspiegel_
(Code666, 2002)
by: Pedro Azevedo (6.5 out of 10)
One cannot deny the obvious technical merits Enid possess; yet at times _Seelenspiegel_ still manages to be one of the most cringe-inducing records I have heard in quite a while. Enid boasts liberally about the quality of the drumming both in the promo sheet and the nicely presented digipak itself; and indeed the drumming is quite noteworthy throughout. The band mixes plenty of medieval touches with its power metal and some blackened vox. The raspy vocals are mediocre but tolerable; the cringing is caused essentially by the happier-sounding passages and the clean vocals: not that the vocals are -bad- or technically poor -- quite the contrary -- but they certainly take a -lot- of getting used to. Fair enough, they enhance Enid's uniqueness, but such vocals are difficult to enjoy without having a very particular taste for the style. Having said that, if a more medieval style of vocals with what seems to be a touch of classical training sounds good to you, and if you crave for good medieval / fantasy power metal, then _Seelenspiegel_ comes recommended, as Enid are competent songwriters and a technically proficient band. But if any of this sounds even vaguely foreign to your taste, however, then heed my warning: Enid are good, but they definitely will not be to everyone's liking and are very likely to cause an unusually wide spectrum of reactions depending on the listener's taste.

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(article published 3/7/2002)


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