ENTHRONED - Tetra Karcist

Enthroned - Tetra Karcist

10 songs
35:39 minutes
***** ***


Belgian black metal band Enthroned has been active since 1993 and just released their seventh album Tetra Karcist. Seven is sometimes considered a mysterious and mystic number, thus inviting the occult theme of this CD, underlined with an intro and an outro that both have monumental flair. Enthroned have influenced with their previous works many other bands, and Tetra Karcist isn’t so different from the band did in the past.

With a running time of only thirty-six minutes, Enthroned don’t intend to waste any time and fascinatingly combine speed and rawness to create an authentic old school black metal sound. The inclusion of Gregorian chants help to give the music more different moods. Tellum Scorpionis is one of their best tracks thanks to the various breaks from midtempo parts to rumbling, hateful speed attacks. The Burning Dawn contains great arrangements and maybe the album’s only guitar solo. Tetra Karcist contains three shorter instrumentals and seven regular songs that don’t disappoint at all. Without wanting to comment on every single track, I should still mention the threatening The Seven Ensigns Of Creation and Nox, the latter being a symbiosis of church music and blasting metal.

Enthroned’s goal must be to sound as evil as possible and they succeed as intended. If you prefer symphonic black metal (Dimmu Borgir, Cradle Of Filth), you should not even consider about touching this album. But if you love simple, raw and brutal structures, Tetra Karcist is an ideal means to entertain you for a little more than half an hour.

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