"Black Church" (Woodcut; 2006)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Extreme in both sound and in deed, Finnish black metal outfit Enochian Crescent have returned from a hiatus of sorts to unleash this ambitious nine track opus on your hapless soul.

Aptly titled "Black Church," this quintet demonstrates its demonic delusions with an arsenal of death'n'roll choruses, manic vocals that switch from guttural growls to wailing howls of pure evil, and a slew of ritualistic chants that give off the impression that a sacrifice is going down tonight.

Keeping it offensive and raw yet mixing in a flurry of keep-you-guessing tactics atypical for a black metal group, Enochian Crescent's upholding of all that is evil is subsidized with rations of unorthodox yet intriguing creativity, giving "Black Church" a distinct edge over its corpse-painted compatriots.

For more information, check out www.enochian-crescent.com.

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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