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Ennui : Falsvs Anno Domini

The inclusion of additional veteran musicians on Ennui's third album lifts it to a new level.

Having worked with Ennui with my own band, I knew I was in for something special. I remember when I first heard the album 'The Last Way': it was huge, and had an emotional and enormous miserable vibe to it. So when I was asked to review the band's latest album I was thrilled.

'Falsvs Anno Domini' is already the third full-length album of the Georgian Funeral/Death Doom metal band Ennui. David and Serj were, up until this album, a two-piece band. Maybe they have now seen the benefits of bringing other musicians into the mix: Daniel Neagoe from Eye Of Solitude joined the band on drums and bass. Also participating, we have the mighty Greg Chandler (Esoteric) - vocals, Don Zaros (Evoken) - keyboards, Sameli Köykkä (Colosseum) - lyrics for “The Stones Of The Timeless", AKiEzor (Comatose Vigil, Abstract Spirit) - lyrics for "No Home Beneath The Stars".

It's a bold statement, and a welcome one. Six monstrous tracks befall our ears. From the very beginning, you can reap the benefits, as Daniel lays down a double bass fill that fuels a fire and tone for the rest of the album. It’s almost a statement of intent. Ennui have always presented us with memorising winding leads that drift further then your mind wants to let you. That feel is not lost here and I'm very impressed by the melodies and writing on this album.

One thing you expect from any Ennui work is long confounding songs. No Home Beneath The Stars is a testament to this. Each song paints its own story. The album deserves your full attention so you can appreciate the craft that's at hand. The drums are loud and in your face, especially the bass drum, but it does not sway you away from the music. Daniel mixed and mastered the album, and the sound has not changed too much so you still get the Ennui vibe. The album has a tremendous weight to it, and the tone of the guitar is, again, perfect.

David's vocals are dark, deep and heavy. However, adding guest vocals gives us a nice twist to ponder on. Greg Chandler's tortured screams are another bright spot on the album. The structures are well thought out, and I like the feel of the mix and mastering. It contains everything in a vacuum of mind crushing depressiveness. You will not find a lot of keys in each song, but you do not miss them. There is enough atmosphere still captured between the different instruments.

When Our Light Dies Forever is a great example of Ennui's new creativity. The vocals are tortured, and the added delay of a double vocal effect is perfect. The screams are Esoteric-like and are perfect for this track. When you work with other seasoned professionals, you can only be inspired to create even more dynamic music.

This was overall a fantastic experience for me. Ennui have grown in maturity in every area. The extra bonus of seasoned veterans appearing on the album just adds that extra polish. It's a great album, and one I think deserves complete recommendation.

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Reviewer's rating: 9/10


Tracklist :
1. Forbidden Life
2. The Apostasy
3. The Stones of the Timeless
4. When Our Light Dies Forever
5. No Home Beneath the Stars
6. Falsvs Anno Domini

Duration : Approx. 78 minutes

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Reviewed on 2016-08-04 by Riccardo Veronese
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