"Angel Eyes" (Moribund; 2008)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter


One of the more fascinating things about the black metal genre is the high number of ‘one-man bands’ that express themselves so creatively in that particular style. Brown Jenkins, so named after the witch in H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Dreams in the Witch House,” is one of those projects.  Umesh Amety fronts Brown Jenkins and occasionally works with others, but not on “Angel Eyes.”

“Angel Eyes” is a full-length release that captures a doomy, dirge-like, yet atmospheric sound that is firmly rooted in black metal but has a more fully developed sense of dynamics. And it is most appropriate the band name is taken from a classic writer in the horror genre – the music evokes an oppressive feeling of claustrophobia yet with enough grit to placate the staunch, finicky supporters of old-school black metal.

Fans of traditional black metal will more likely appreciate Brown Jenkins’ “Angel Eyes” than fans of symphonic black metal – however, fans of both styles within the genre will find much to appreciate.

Brown Jenkins is now defunct. Umesh Amety has continued with a new project called The Ash Eaters which allegedly will be darker and heavier in addition to being a full-fledged band project.

“Angel Eyes” was produced by Umesh Amety.

Brown Jenkins is Umesh Amety on all vocals and instruments.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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