Emancer - _Twilight and Randomness_
(Naga Productions, 2008)
by: Quentin Kalis (8 out of 10)
It's hard to believe that this is the fifth release by Norwegian prog black metallers Emancer, as I am utterly unfamiliar with their work, and I suspect that many of our readers are as well. This may sound unbearably arrogant, but as a metal fan for more than half of my 28 years on this planet, I would normally have at least heard of a band of this calibre and staying power. It could be they received inadequate promotion in years past, but hopefully their new label can do a better job.

Enslaved would seem like an obvious comparison, but beyond being Norwegian and imbuing black metal with a progressive bent there is little else in common, and beyond this description there is little unity in the album itself, as the songs are highly varied. Actually, in a way there is unity, as despite the diverse approach, they never lose focus and the album feels like a cohesive whole, never descending into kitchen sink madness, where they simply toss in everything because they can. Even some trippy electronics and a few interludes are expertly composed. Don't be like me and miss out on this fascinating entity.

Contact: http://www.myspace.com/emancer

(article published 15/1/2009)

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