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Ensoph - Project X-Katon - 2006 - Cruz Del Sur Music

Track Listing
1. In The Name Of Freedom
2. Condemned (In The Penal Colony)
3. Kirillow's Bullet (Alelkjej Nilyc: A =Russioan Trilogy PR. 1)
4. D-Generation
5. Icons in the Dust
6. Un Petalo di Pieta'
7. Getsemani
8. The Source Becomes Desert
9. Holy Bleeds (Rodian Rományc: A Russion Trilogy Pt. 2)
10. Pain, Pride & Regret
11. Leaving No Trace Behind (Ivan Karamazov: A Russian Trilogy Pt. 3)
12. In the Name of Freedom (Reprise)
13. Condemned [Radio Edit]
14. Icons in the Dust [Radio Edit]
15. Leaving No Trace Behind [Radio Edit]
Ensoph is a band that has a style that may be hard to swallow for many metalheads. With a mixture of goth, industrial, the early 90's European metal vibe, and a surprising blend of modern extreme metal, Ensoph present a unique blend of metal that is not easily accessible. However, that is not a bad thing considering how boring and unoriginal a lot of extreme metal bands are these days. Unfortunately, for these metal ears, this style has come and gone with the early likes of Rammstein. On the contrary, there are some great metal moments here especially on tracks such as Kirillow's Bullet and Holy Bleeds and Pain, Pride & Regrets. These tracks as well as a few other "stand-outs", have a great blend of vocals, ranging from Narrative-like speech, Black Metal screeches, and even hints of "Into the Pandemonium" era Celtic Frost gutteral tones. One thing that really stands out on the negative side is the bad English accent on the clean vocals. For those of you that really dig listening to the vocals and words, may be annoyed with this. The good thing is, the vokills on this CD rule and should be used more often than what they are. The bottom line is that this CD is not that bad and anyone with an open mind for something different should give Ensoph a listen or two. Themore extreme parts on this CD sound really good and tight with the volume cranked up! For fans of brutal death metal and ice cold black metal from the freezing north, you may want to think twice before giving this release a shot.

6 out of 10 on the Grim Gaijin metal fist scale!!!


--Grim Gaijin 08.05.06



About this Writer:
David Loveless // Dave's early introduction to Metal was listening to records by Black Sabbath and Kiss. Discovering Metallica's Master of Puppets on record at the local public library turned his world upside down. After spending nearly 24 years in Japan and expanding his love for the International underground metal scene, Dave (and family) now resides in the US. The savage brutality of Extreme Metal brings out the "Grim Gaijin" in him.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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