Roundtable Album Review: Enthroned – Sovereigns

Enthroned_CoverLabel: Agonia Records

Release Date: 15 April, 2014

Songs: 9

Length: 41 minutes

Genre: Symphonic black

Studio Albums: 9 previous full-length albums

Location: Belgium

 

 

WarpRider – I like the fact that they have more to offer than a relentless barrage of blast beats. Enthroned is something I could turn to for a black metal fix, but mostly in short durations when the need arises. Overall, the album seems in line with most other bands of the genre; hard for me to distinguish from the pack. 2.5

Atleastimhousebroken – At times gloriously brutal, at others dull and repetitive. Enthroned is at their peak when they take a break from that overused machine gun black metal blast beat. If you dig the sample song and want more black metal in your collection, not a bad release, just nothing that really makes me jump out of my chair. 2.5

Irmelinis – This is some really good black metal. It’s Enthroned’s 10th album and I have to admit I’ve never heard of them before. Better late than never! With the pitch black atmosphere and the murky, dreadful sound, the guys in Enthroned certainly give Behemoth a run for their money this year. This is a strong and cohesive album with very elegant and smooth tempo changes mixed with plenty of aggression and spirituality. And it has one of the nicest looking album covers I’ve ever seen. 4.0

ChristopherMammal – This album deserves a Triple-A award for Anguish, Agony and Atmosphere. Enthroned has had numerous changes in line-up since starting more than two decades ago, but the style and class of this veteran outfit remain the same. This is solid, harsh and largely old-school black metal, but with inventive intros, thoughtful sequence of tracks, and highly effective variation of pace and instrumentation. 4.0

A Metal State of Mind Score – 3.3 out of 5

 

 

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About ChristopherMammal

I've made it to Mammal. I still hope to be classified as Human one day. Meanwhile I have evolved enough to recognise different types of music as well as the shrieks of certain vervet monkeys who are known for their scurrilous behaviour in the proximity of unguarded bananas.

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