RAVEN WOODS — Enfeebling the Throne (review)

RAVEN WOODS — Enfeebling the Throne album cover Album · 2011 · Death Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3.5/5 ·
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"Enfeebling the Throne" is the 2nd full-length studio album by Turkish death metal act Ravenwoods. The album will be released in April 2011 by code666.

Ravenwoods started their career as a black metal band but have moved closer to death metal with each new release. "Enfeebling the Throne" features a good slap of blackened death metal, strongly influenced by Behemoth but with the unique feature that there are occassional acoustic mediterranean folk music sections in the music. The last track on the album "Azab-I Mukaddes" is solely in this style. That part of the band´s style is only a spice though and mostly the songs are just very effective blackened death metal tracks.

The musicianship is strong and the production professional and well sounding. Personally I think the latter could have been a bit more raw and unpolished to great effect, but fans of more polished death metal productions should enjoy this one greatly.

...so "Enfeebling the Throne" isn´t an album that stuns me with its original sound or creative ideas, but the songs are well composed and the delivery convincing and all in all this is a very professional product. They should think about shedding the sometimes too obvious Behemoth influence somewhere along the way though. Somewhere between a 3 and a 3.5 star rating is deserved.
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