Tuesday 10 November 2020

Enwretch - Sermon Of The Dead

Labels: Self-Released/Redefining Darkness Records

Formats: Tape/Digital

Release Date: 06 Aug 2020


1. Vile Congregation

2. Anthropophagy

Here's the second review I talked about on Sunday, when I wrote about the Celestial Sanctuary demo. I'd originally planned for this to be published on the same day but that didn't happen. Anyway, this post features the debut demo from Scottish death/doom solo band Enwretch. There's not much else I can say about Enwretch apart from that this demo was self-released digitally back in August, before being picked up by Redefining Darkness Records for a tape release in September. I have to say, it's great to see underground labels like RDR taking a genuine interest in bands from the UK.

Celestial Sanctuary really hit the spot for me on Sunday so I’m expecting equally big things from Enwretch this evening. While that opening sentence may be building things up a bit too much, there’s no need to worry as Enwretch goes hard on this wretched slab of lumbering and driving death/doom. ‘Vile Congregation’ is a mix of slow and fast riffs, coupled with upbeat percussion and hellishly deep death metal vocals. Again, it’s old-school in delivery and reminds me at times of Finnish band Profetus if they were crossbred with Grave (maybe?). Technical but also memorable in all the right ways.

‘Athropophagy’ is equally as good with the same disturbing death/doom approach and gargling atmosphere, backed up by thrash and a killer solo to boot. It doesn’t last long but it doesn’t need to. For a solo-project, Enwretch nails it in terms of song-writing and sound quality, helped very much by the recording from Tommy at 16ohm Studio in Glasgow. There’s no escaping the torture we’re all being put through at the moment but it’s made better because of gnarly music like this. Mon the Enwretch!

You can stream Sermon Of The Dead and purchase both on tape and digital formats below:-

Enwretch does not have any social media presence. The music is all you need.

Redefining Darkness Records - https://www.facebook.com/redefiningdarkness/

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