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Entrapment
Through Realms Unseen
December 2016
Released: 2016, Pulverised Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Peter Atkinson

The third album from Holland's Entrapment finds the one-man band – at least in the studio, where Michel Jonker handles instruments and vocals – easing off the gas just a bit. Through Realms Unseen dials back some of the intensity of 2014's Lamentations of the Flesh in favor of thicker, chuggier, more death 'n roll fare.



And while that serves to make things that much heavier on Realms, at times the pace can be a bit sluggish, even ponderous. Like right at that start, for example. It might not have been the best idea to open the album with its most deliberate track, in this case “Omission.” Despite its huge, gnarly riffs, and Volker's commanding rasp, the song never moves beyond its trudging backbeat.



Same goes for “The Seeker” and “Static Convulsion,” which follow. Both are undeniably heavy, recalling Johan Liiva-era Arch Enemy or Bolt Thrower, but stagger instead of sprint. The title track gets things right later on, though, with its less oppressive tone and grinding bass line.



It isn't until four tracks in, with “Ruination,” that Jonker kicks up the tempo, matching his slashing riffs with a driving d-beat pace that feels a bit more like it. “Isolated” and “Hybrid” offers more of the same further along.



“Dominant Paradigm” and “Withering Souls” present more of a back and forth, with their massive, bracing grooves alternating with doomy, atmospheric slog, echoing Entombed's Clandestine and mid-period Paradise Lost. Realms finishes on the upswing, however, with “Discordant Response” and “Self Inflicted Malnutrition” displaying the sort of swagger that might have been better suited at the start of the album, where they could have built some momentum instead of helping play catch up.



Indeed, had Realms been sequenced a little more carefully, the contrast with Lamentations might not have been as jarring – or at least as obvious. As it is, though, Realms is a slow starter that eventually finds its way and ultimately gets the job done.
Track Listing

1. Omission
2. The Seeker
3. Static Convulsion
4. Ruination
5. Dominant Paradigm
6. Withering Souls
7. Isolated Condemnation
8. Through Realms Unseen
9. Hybrid Maelstrom
10. Discordant Response
11. Self Inflicted Malnutrition

Lineup

Michel Jonker – vocals, instruments

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Entrapment
Through Realms Unseen
July 2017
Released: 2016, Pulverised Records
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Well, cover art is important and tells a lot about the band, and it is an essential part of the album. Entrapment from the Netherlands made a good job with their cover of their new album "Through Realms Unseen". I mean what else do you want on the front of a death metal album if not a rotting corpse? Anyway, it is a nice cover and the texture and colours remind me of the art of Zdzisław Beksiński. The logo... it is a typical death logo with an inverted cross. Seriously, if you like this kind of stuff what else do you need? Do I have to mention the label? Fine. Pulverised Records. The Singapore-based label stands for quality black/death/thrash metal from all over the world (but mostly from Sweden).



So the first song on the album - "Omission" - nearly scared the shit out of me and not in a positive way. From everything I said above, I thought that the opener was going to rip my face off but it didn't. I thought that if the whole album's going to be like this then I might be unable to listen to it. The song is melodic and I waited for something putrid.



The second track called "The Seeker" is a bit better, but still not death metal. I mean the vocals and the whole sound is death metal, but the song itself just not. And the rest of the tracks are the same to be honest. I don't know if there are any proper death riffs on "Through Realms Unseen". It made me confused. And it is because it sounds like death metal, but it's not death metal, and I can't or don't want to compare it to "Wolverine Blues".



The only song that I really enjoyed was "Discardant Response": it reminded me of At The Gates. "Self Inflicted Malnutrition" is a catchy one too.



The guys are technical (although if someone says "death" in genre I want much more from the drummer) and the album sounds okay but this is not for me.



Maybe this effort is not that bad but I was super excited 'cause of the artwork, the label and Entrapment's previous album. And compared to "Lamentations Of The Flesh" this is a step in the wrong direction in my opinion. I am still confused about it.
Track Listing

01. Omission
02. The Seeker
03. Static Convulsion
04. Ruination
05. Dominant Paradigm
06. Withering Souls
07. Isolated Condemnation
08. Through Realms Unseen
09. Hybrid Maelstorm
10. Discardant Response
11. Self Inflicted Malnutrition

Lineup

Michel Jonker

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by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

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by Peter Atkinson

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