Review: Enthroned – XES Hareticum

National Music Reviews

Enthroned Enthroned
XES Hareticum 

Napalm Records

Ah, Enthroned … one of the best and most underrated black metal bands around. While most BM bands annoy me with their vocalists constantly screeching into the microphone, Enthroned’s vocalist is actually the focal point of the band for many people. The band has learned that light-speed fast all the time isn’t the key to success. Instead, they opt for some slow breakdowns, which are very dark and heavy, lending to the overall success of this album in The BUTCHER’S ears. The biggest surprise is the odd vocal arrangements of the title track.
This review originally appeared in The Butcher’s Block, June 2005, Issue 198.