Black Metal / Melodic Black Metal • Norway
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Enthral is a black metal band from Norway.

1995: The band was formed by Kjetil Hektoen and Gunnhild Bratset in their home town of Sunndalsøra, Norway. After a relocation to the capital of Oslo, the band continued rehearsing and developing their music.

1996: The band, having now taken the name Enthral, recorded their first demo with a session bass player in the month of March this year. "Demo 1996" was primitively recorded on a 4-track portastudio and released in an extremely limited number. Following a summer of much rehearsing, the band recorded the track "Awaiting the Rise of the Forestgod" in August. Some days later, a video recording of this track took place, though it has never been officially released. The audio track nevertheless appeared on the Hot Records compilation CD "The Rape of the Holy Trinity" in 1997.

1997: Enthral was offered a recording deal by Hot Records and recruited bassist Martin
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ENTHRAL Prophecies of the Dying album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Prophecies of the Dying
Black Metal 1997
ENTHRAL The Mirror's Opposite End album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Mirror's Opposite End
Melodic Black Metal 1998
ENTHRAL Subterranean Movement album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Subterranean Movement
Black Metal 2003
ENTHRAL Obtenebrate album cover 3.83 | 2 ratings
Black Metal 2012

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ENTHRAL Spiteful Dirges album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Spiteful Dirges
Black Metal 2010

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ENTHRAL Demo 1996 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo 1996
Black Metal 1996
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Demo 2000
Black Metal 2000
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Demo 2006
Black Metal 2006

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ENTHRAL Obtenebrate

Album · 2012 · Black Metal
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"Obtenebrate" is the 4th full-length studio album by Norwegian black metal act Enthral. The album was released through Duplicate Records in March 2012.

The music on the album is technically well played black metal. The tracks are generally well composed, the musicianship is excellent and the album features a powerful sound production that might be raw but certainly not lo-fi. The atmosphere on the album is dark and brooding. For the most part the music features enough variation to keep the 10 track, 68:29 minutes long album entertaining although some tracks do drag on a bit too long. Repetition is of course a great part of many black metal albums and used as an atmosphere builder/enhancer, but I do feel Enthral lack a bit of dynamic in the way they use this element. The vocals are harsh and raspy but pretty standard for the genre.

And that´s what strikes me as interesting about "Obtenebrate", because on almost every parameter, they deliver a professional and well sounding black metal release, but somehow I´m still left wanting them to branch out and do something different. There are not enough standout moments in the tracks and therefore they are not that memorable. A shorter playing time would probably have helped too, but for fans of well played, very well produced and for the most part well written black metal "Obtenebrate" is probably a recommended purchase (I´ve read quite a few reviews that praised the album). A 3.5 star (70%) rating isn´t all wrong.

ENTHRAL Obtenebrate

Album · 2012 · Black Metal
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Genre: progressive/avant-garde death-black

After an extended break, Enthral are back and their new weapon is called "Obtenebrate". And if you like progressive black metal with all the black metal aesthetics intact but with an almost avant-garde approach, then this might well be a candidate for the Black Metal Album of the Year for you.

There are plenty of blastbeats on the album accompanied by intentionally chaotic tremolo picking and the vocals are harsh in the typical black metal fashion plus Enthral make use of tense harmonies and dissonant chords, so, like I said, all the black metal conventions are observed.

But, in addition to this, there are plenty of shifts in tempo, and the song structures are generally quite complex, and as a consequence more varied than what one might be used to in black metal. As a matter of fact, most of the tunes on this release are quite dynamic in structure, taking you back and forth between ferocious blastbeats and heavy passages, and fans of out-of-the-blue changes will definitely like this approach to writing music. In addition, Enthral venture into several more melodic landscapes, typically generated through harmonic twin guitars, and these stand in interesting contrast with the more chaotic and tense parts.

Another feature of the music on this release is that, while black metal is undoubtedly the base sound, Enthral also draw on death metal and thrash metal, and thus "Obtenebrate" might have a somewhat broad appeal in the extreme metal community.

Fans of avant-garde and progressive black metal should definitely check out this challenging release.

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