"Opus Dementiae" (Cruz Del Sur; 2004)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Ensoph is an Italian band that has just released their sophomore album "Opus Dementiae."  The disc displays a band steeped in avant garde metal with a healthy dose of gothic metal and dashes of industrial metal and modern orchestration to spice things up.  Experimental?  Yeah, you could say that.


Generally, the guitar/bass/keyboard/drum set-up was very much what you'd expect from a goth/industrial band.  The inclusion of a flute is the most unique facet here.  The male vocals were very raspy in a black metal style which is another highly distinctive feature of Ensoph if not a particularly annoying feature to these ears.  Female vocals add a pleasing dimension to the band's sound.  Movie soundtrack-like noises and sounds additionally breathe life into this particular effort.


Although I find Ensoph to be quite innovative and "Opus Dementiae" quite enjoyable when I'm in the mood for the band's particular style, "Opus Dementiae" lacks a certain energy that I like in my metal-based music.


Fans of  The Kovenant and Theatre Of Tragedy will appreciate Ensoph's "Opus Dementiae."


For more information visit http://www.ensoph.it/.

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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