Released: 2008, Earache Records
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
Order of Ennead takes its name from the Ennead - according to ancient lore, the 9 mythical deities said to have given birth to modern civilization.
Order of Ennead is also better known as Steve Asheim´s new band (also pounding his drums of doom in Deicide). He has teamed up with Kevin Quirion (on vocals and guitars, ex-Council Of The Fallen), Scott Patrick (on bass, Resurrection), and the 19-year-old guitar rookie John Li, who is responsible for the amazing lead work on the band´s self-titled debut album.
I have to admit that I´m honestly quite impressed by Steve´s new incarnation of evil with Order of Ennead. The band´s blend of technical death metal, black metal (it´s actually Kevin´s vocals that mainly bring in that effect for this album) - with slices of thrash even, is introduced in fine form, in which a good amount of intriguing and tastefully done melodies haven´t completely been forgotten either.
On this relatively impressive 11-song effort, Order of Ennead don´t hesitate to go to breath-taking speeds within their songs that are balanced with neck-breaking walls of heavy, target-hitting riffs, some acoustic passages, piano interludes - and beautifully crafted guitar leads that John has conjured up from somewhere for the songs. In John´s case we could even talk about some inborn guitar virtuoso as his lead work is nothing but simply amazing thoroughly. His leads are highly enjoyable to listen to; the same way like Dave Suzuki captures your ears in Vital Remains with his phenomenal lead wizardry.
Steve breathes fire and brimstone behind his drum battery like a hardened slayer of angels on the verge of Armageddon (Read: You do know what this man is capable of when playing drums - don´t you?). Kevin Quirion manages to sound like a wicked demon from Hell. In fact, there´s something in his raspy voice that reminds me of Angel Gossow´s (Arch Enemy) vocal delivery a little bit here and there, if some of you need some point of comparison. Wrapped up with the other instruments´ lethal and intense delivery, nothing can stop you from becoming familiar with this band and album, definitely worth your curiosity and interest. Order of Ennead are a new and talented force in extreme metal circles that one won't forget once familiar with them. I was darn impressed - and I bet, you´ll be too.