Not Without Promise

Oct. 28, 2016


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The Pitch: Ottawa-based melodic black and death metal band Endemise create dramatic terror that they recommend to fans of Watain, Abigail Williams, and Dissection.

What I Like: The vocals.  These blackened screeches and death metal overdubs are fantastic.  They could use a touch more finesse and variation, but they have plenty of presence.  i also like the piano additions.  They add a sense of class and creepiness at the same time.

What I Don't Like: I am fine with things that have been done, but this formula just feels tired.  Compositions feel very generic.  These guys are perfectly good performers, but they could put a little more thought into the writing process.  Build on your strengths, take it to new places.

The Verdict: Anathema is a promising outing for these Canadian natives, but fails to provide enough substance to back the strong performances.  It is far from a bad album; I actually enjoyed it enough.  I just don't think I'll be revisiting it any time soon.  I will be awaiting your next one regardless, Endemise.

Flight's Fav's: "Procreator," "Fragments in Stone"