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Setherial
Endtime Divine
December 2003
Released: 2003, Regain Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Night of the Realm

Sweet speed metal of Satan! Setherial has been on my ever-growing list of bands pending investigation for some time now, but it is only now that I finally check them out.



Coming back after a 5-year abscence with a new contract with Regain Records and their fourth full-length, the hellish Swedes release a full-on assault that bridges epic and melodic with fast, scathing, blasting death metal. The sound is much akin to that I would expect from a coked-up Dissection, Naglfar, or even Old Man’s Child (in the epic nature of their latest album).



As if the cover doesn’t belie the true intent of ENDTIME DIVINE, then its opener “Crimson Manifestation” certainly will enlighten you. The flurry of blastbeats and raw guitars is almost too intense to handle initially. Well, it certainly catches my attention, but of the 9 songs on the album, I enjoy this one the least as it is a little too chaotic. “The Underworld” begins to focus the album with a stronger epic drive, though not sacrificing any intensity. “Subterranean” really breaks the album open for me with some interesting, although brief tempo changes.



Track four is up, and the album keeps getting better. “...of Suicide” There’s a lot of variation in this track, from the blasting common to the first three, as well as more epic and melodic passages akin to Dissection. Drummer Alastor Mysteriis proves that he can really lay down some fierce skin-pounding, and the duo of Choronzon and Kraath really work well together to weave a nice blend of flesh-ripping raw, yet melodic leads on top of driving, catchy riffs.



ENDTIME DIVINE only ripens as it progresses. The album keeps going strong through the entire second half, as tracks 6 through 8 can only be called fucking awesome. “The Night of All Nights” is the ultimate blend of everything Setherial has demonstrated thus far, and is probably my favourite on the album.



Setherial have really come together with this album and impressed me from my first listen. Although I found the first two tracks a little difficult to stomach at first, things really came together in track 3, and the album kept getting better from there on out. This is definitely one of the surprise albums for me this year. Fans of Dissection, the latest Old Man’s Child, as well as anyone looking for some black melodic death will find this well worth your money.
Track Listing

1. Crimson Manifestation
2. The Underworld
3. Subterranean
4. ...of Suicide
5. Entity of Night
6. The Night of All Nights
7. Endtime Divine
8. Transformation
9. Storms

Lineup

Wrath - Vocals
Kraath - Guitar
Choronzon - Guitar, synth
Alastor Mysteriis - Drums
Zathanel - Bass

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Setherial
Endtime Divine
September 2003
Released: 2003, Regain
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

Sweet poser-crushing black metal! The minute I saw the beautiful cover art by Necrolord (an apocalyptic scene with devils) I knew I was in for a treat. Yes, I judged an album by it’s cover and I was proven right...in my own mind anyway!



Setherial have been around quite a while despite having only four albums; their output has been sporadic and odd. To seemingly fulfill a record deal with the Napalm label, just a few months ago the band released a disc of demos and rare material. Now a new studio album, the first one since HELL ETERNAL in 999 has surfaced.



I enjoy discussing ‘the scene’ with fellow black metal fans and some people consider these Swedish latecomers to the scene to be lacking in the original spirit of the masters and perhaps one of the many pretenders that clog the scene. Be that as it may, I still immensely enjoyed this disc.



The band has all the hallmarks; spiky logo, rough production, corpse-paint and bullet belts, semi-predictable dark and Satanic lyrics, blistering blast-beats, inhuman vokills droning buzzsaw guitars and so on. For those reasons some critics may say they don’t bring much to the table in terms of originality and I would agree.



However, in my mind it is all about execution and delivery and a good unoriginal band can and will still entertain me if it sounds good and feels right and Setherial are both.

The heavy use of speed delights me and the vocals of Wrathyr are relentless and unforgiving. Jens Ryden of Naglfar drops by to do some guest backing vocals as well!

Setherial remind me of Lord Belial for some reason although their sounds are not that similar, as Setherial is far more primitive in tone and arrangement.



At times it is hard to articulate why I like a band when objectively many of the cards may be stacked against them. Setherial kicked my ass for reasons unknown and may perhaps never be known but all I do know is I put on Endtime Divine and I feel like I’m there, slaughtering the souls of a thousand posers.
Track Listing

1. Crimson Manifestation
2. The Underworld
3. Subterranean
4. …Of Suicide
5. Entity of Night
6. The Night of All Nights
7. Endtime Divine
8. Transformation
9. Storms

Lineup

Wrathyr-Vocals
Kraath-Guitar
Choronzon-Guitar
Zathanel-Bass
Mysteriis-Drums

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