Released: May , Signal Rex
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
The relatively new act, Enlighten, from Portugal, display a form of avant-garde and experimental black metal on their debut EP.
The EP is comprised of four tracks, made up of three full songs plus an outro. The metal tracks are very cold and "raw", if you like, in terms of their delivery. The production has a slightly thin and industrial tone throughout, though the music isn't actually industrial in its composition.
The main feature, as one might expect, is the guitars. Obscure twisting melodies, and some interesting arpeggiated lines remind me of the likes of Deathspell Omega, and to a certain degree, Mayhem's 'Grand Declaration of War' album. The vocals are a fairly standard, slightly distorted mid range scream. All three full tracks are fairly similar in style, but the second song 'Devourer Ov Stars' is my personal favourite, having more build ups and dynamics then the other two.
For a debut EP, I quite enjoyed this. It's nothing to write home about, but I think a full length from Enlighten could prove to be an interesting listen. I'd like to hear a more full sounding production, as I felt something was missing there, and perhaps some variation in vocals. But all round, this is a solid effort.