Released: 2012, Svart Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Essenz are a German based occult Metal band. After forming in December 2006, they released their first self-produced concept EP Metaphysis in autumn 2009 which then followed the LP version came to stores in June 2010 via Iron Bonehead and Amor Fati Productions.
The first official full-length ritual KVIITIIVZ – Beschwörung des Unaussprechlichen Kultus – Invocation of the Inexpressible/The White Album, R. M.) followed on CD in July 2010.
In March 2011, the album was released on wax by Amor Fati Productions as the band celebrated their first live rituals in renowned German venues in 2009 /2010 and played further concerts in 2011 in Germany and Italy, including headliner and record release shows, a performance at a multimedia reading, and a festival appearance.
In cooperation with video artists, an official video was produced on Super 8.
The second album Mundus Numen has been recently released by Svart Records.
I have to say I have never heard of this band before and when I heard the first track I wasn’t sure how to take it, but it was track 2 which demonstrated the bands sound which is dark and fast showing elements of Black and Doom metal.
There are only 6 tracks on the album, but with the doom elements the tracks are around 6-10 minutes long, with the last track being 13 minute long, which rounded up the album nicely.
The lyrics are deep with some long evil growls with the concept of the album being based around the painful acquisition of humans’ deepest will, which enables us to transform the world from an instance to a suggestible setting and implies manic boundary experience.
I thought the lyrics were great, deep and demonic with great guitar riffs and fast drumming and also has some female sounds of the occult throughout the album, as well as some slow ambient music, which shows the diversity of this band.
There is nothing too amazing in this album or anything that makes it stand out from other Black Metal bands out there, but is definitely an album worth checking out if you love your metal dark, black, doomy, brutal, and slightly strange with some strange horror and ambient sounds. I personally wish there was more vocals on this album as it does seem to go off in it’s own direction.
I don’t think this is one for the average metal lover out there, as I don’t think many people will appreciate what the band are trying to do here but I personally enjoyed the album and the strangeness of it all!
Review by Jo Blackened