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Review: Enthrallment – Eugenic Wombs

Bulgarian death metal group Enthrallment brings forth their fifth full-length album entitled Eugenic Wombs. With a name like that, it sounds like a tediously crafted album with underlying messages and a force of metal to smack you around. That’s exactly what Eugenic Wombs is about so be sure to Enthrallment’s Facebook, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, and website!

There is a lot that is right about this album: it is a relentless audio force. Everything is kicked into high gear from bass to guitar to drums to vocals. Not only is the bass totally audible, it is very involved so shout out to Rumen for providing really solid bass work. Eugenic Wombs actually reminds me of Cattle Decapitation by the songs’ progressions and swift instrumentation. Every song has a feel of an inevitable apocalypse.

“Deserved Fears” gets things rolling quickly with a bass dominant sound and cymbals constantly being rattled and hit. Guitar riffs and drum fills spew out while Plamen’s gutturals ferment everything. The solo sounds a bit like a lament, but it also sounds masochistic. You decide.

There is a tasty contrast between some riffs and the vocals in “Few Are Those Who Find it.” Specific riffs retain that lamenting sound while the vocals are sick and angry of course. It is almost as if the music and lyrics are responding to each other. When they are not contrasting, they support each other. For example, shortly after the solo the riff and vocals there seemed to have become one oppressing entity. There is alternation between the moments of contrast and support, but other than that you will find the usual: tons of tremlo-picking, gutturals, and a bass low enough to pluck your intestines. Well the whole album has tons of those, but you get what I mean.

The solo on each song is unique and differs from the others. On “Totally Dismembered” there’s a pitch shifter effect used at key points and it seems to build up from the lower strings. On “Last Judgment Waltz” the solo isn’t as energetic sounding and rings out a bit more. What’s interesting is how the solos manage to fit perfectly in with the rest of the song. The lengths are fine and the tones are all great. It just all works out really well. The same thing can be said about the rhythm guitar on each track. While there isn’t always a prominent rhythm being played, it is really solid when it does. Rhythm guitar provides just the right background, atmosphere, and punch.

Adding on to what I said earlier about the bass, “Last Judgment Waltz” and “Inspired Lunatic” just prove what I said. Actually “Last Judgment Waltz” displays immense talent from each member, but the bass has some moments to shine more than on the others because of a cool effect on it.

Every song on Eugenic Wombs is complicated, but the simplest one is probably “Defame the Incarnation.” By simple, I don’t mean any less technical or relaxed at all. I mean it’s easier to follow and that’s probably because of the descending riffs and spunky solo. There is also a slight variation in vocals 1 minute into it.

The final 2 tracks, “Path to Silence” and “Enslaved by Your Own Seed”, are both very epic sounding songs. I don’t mean epic as a way of saying cool, but epic like an adventure. The sense of finality creeps into the riffs and drumming in a lurking fashion. I wish I could say more, but the beauty of the instrumentation is something that must be heard to understand. That goes for all of Eugenic Wombs, but these last 2 songs really tie the knot.

Eugenic Wombs is fantastic. It is heavy, technical, fast, and produced/mixed/mastered very well. I definitely recommend this band to fans of Cattle Decapitation. There are 9 tracks and each one (except the prelude) hit hard.

Rate: 9.5/10

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