As of now you are to forget about what you’ve heard about EPHEL DUATH, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, MR. BUNGLE, FANTOMAS and other crazy Metal bands, in fact forget about what you’ve been told about weird music.
ENSOPH aren’t making my job easy here, not even when I’m listening to their debut album “Opus Dementiae”; so many types of music played at once, so much detail put into every song, so sick and demented in every way possible you’re bound to like it if you’re drawn to the darker lectures that Metal has to offer.
What the Italians have recorded unto this album will shock many people. Believe me, “Opus Dementiae” is an unpleasant, mind-disturbing ride into dark avantgardism, electronics, off the wall fluting and Modern Black/Death Metal, not for the weak! This band has no limitations whatsoever, naturally this makes the songs hard to digest but those who seek shall find right? The songs take time to get into, not just because of the arrangements being Progressive, intricate or whatever, the other barrier to break through is to figure out what is really going on, it’s like solving a puzzle.
Let me draw you a picture of the situation. On one side you have an ENSOPH that’s Metal, this is the side you’re familiar with; the riffs aren’t spectacular or technical, just bringing the heaviness and basic intensity needed. On the other side there’s a madman at work; this side fucks up everything that’s supposed to give any meaning, it may sounds like a failed experiment but it’s not, in my opinion.
Song tips from my side would be “Faith Defeat”, “White Lamb Seducer (40 Days & 40 Nights)” and “Lies Of The Mirror Which Lies Not”, all equally strange, panoramic, all fucked up but ever so beautiful to unfold as the repeated listens go by. Bruno Kramm of DAS ICH contributes with a remix of the track “Sophia’s Fall”, the album’s lowest point in my opinion.
That’s not Jonathan Davis crying and no, that’s not Dani Filth screaming; the vocalist is free to improvise whenever he feels like it (I wonder if his pronunciation is improvised as well), his voice alters from high-pitched roars, standard screams to soft whispers and pitiful moaning.
The style shall remain nameless in this review because I honestly can’t come up with a fitting label, I can only recommend “Opus Dementiae” to people who like THE KOVENANT, CRADLE OF FILTH, VINTERSORG, even KORN (yes, the band you love to hate), basically people who aren’t afraid to try something new. (Online August 26, 2004)