Enthral - _Prophecies of the Dying_
(Hot Records, 1997)
by: Pedro Azevedo (5 out of 10)
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)

6/23/2003 X Hoose 7.5 Enthral - Subterranean Movement
7/8/1998 A Bromley 6 Enthral - The Mirror's Opposite End
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