Ennui – End Of The Circle

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: Non Serviam Records
Released: 05 September 2018
Buy Album:https://bit.ly/2u5vASY
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/bandEnnui

Band line-up:

Ennui - End of the CircleDavid Unsaved – Guitars, vocals, keyboards
Serge Shengelia – Guitars, vocals, bass

Tracklisting:

1. End of the Circle
2. The Withering Part I – Of Hollow Us
3. The Withering Part II – Of Long Dead Stars

Review

If you like your doom to have the tempo of a glacier, you’re going to love this forth album from Georgian 2-piece Ennui.

Funeral doom is a genre I’m was not too familiar with, with the recent release from Bell Witch being my first proper introuduction to the genre. Ennui however seem to have taken what I know of the genre down a far darker path, pushing the extremes in terms of tempo and downtuning. The incredibly long formats of the 3 track album, each song lasting between 20 to 30 minutes, is what I’ve come to expect from the genre, but the rumbling death metal vocals certainly evoke a sense of dread that I really got into on my first listen.

Ennui
Ennui

I enjoyed the lighter sections, like a few lighter notes around halfway through The Withering Part 1; it acted as a nice breather and juxtaposed the doom and macabre well to enhance those emotions further.

It is certainly atmospheric, and rewards listeners who are paying attention with some great hints of musicianship beneath the sludge.

The press release suggested there was some poetic storytelling within this album. For me, that was a bit hard to decipher. The vocals are not at all clear, with just guttural growls throughout. Great for the tone, but without lyrics in front of me I fear any poetry gets lost, which was my only gripe with the album. Still, it’s a solid addition to the genre, and if you are a fan of funeral doom, I think you’ll have no trouble zoning out with some bassy headphones for an hour or so listening to this.

This album was mixed and mastered at the prestigious Grindhouse Studios, Athens. Brilliant cover artwork created by high skilled W. Smerdulak.

“End of the Circle” will be out via NON SERVIAM RECORDS on digipak CD and digitally on September 05, 2018.

Review by

Ryan Whitwell

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