ENSOPH - Rex Mundi X-Ile

Ensoph - Rex Mundi X-Ile

12 songs
54:44 minutes
***** ****
Cruz Del Sur


Normally I have a rather hard time with industrial music which often sounds too artificial and cold to me. I even thought that this genre is so limited that its potential is quickly exhausted. I may have gotten that impression because too many bands sound too much alike. My opinion has been revised with the fourth album by Italian band Ensoph who act much more progressive and unconventional, allowing them to surprise again and again.

The album begins with an opener that shows parallels to Nine Inch Nails, but from there on, they quickly find their own way and create threatening soundscapes that would be perfect for a horror videogame score. Ensoph have opted for a very extreme kind of music, especially the barking vocals wouldn’t feel wrong in a black metal band. Their songs are full of breaks and it is surprising how they jump from truly mean parts over to catchy melodies. Some tracks have a more dramatic atmosphere and enchant with great effects that remind me at times of Magma. Other pieces display a morbid fascination, so that Thir(s)ty Pieces Of Silver could be a the unshaved brother of Depeche Mode, and the creepy In Cinere Et Cilicio is reminiscent of Alice Cooper’s Steven.

Rex Mundi X-Ile contains a lot of weird sounds that you would normally expect from the likes of Strapping Young Lad and Mike Patton. The album ends with a airplay asking cover version of Alice In Chains classic hit Would?, which once again shows that Ensoph are a band which is unfamiliar with the concept of self-imposed limitations.

Rex Mundi X-Ile is definitely no CD for the faint-hearted. The Italians have worked really hard and managed to surpass themselves. Done like this, industrial music is really fun!

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