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Encrimson'd: Agrarian Menace

Encrimson'd is a band of highly-accomplished black metallers from Minnesota, a trio consisting of guitarist Shaun Koelsch, drummer Jared Mason and bassist/vocalist Chris Danecek. OK, so to say that it's just black metal is to overlook the acumen and skill with which the music here is performed. It's technical black metal with doses of doom and even fusion-y kinds of things popping up on the radar screen. Sort of like if Emperor got in a knife fight with Chris Poland' OHM or something like that. (Does that mean that this band is secretly Agalloch? No.) The songs are interesting, moving this way and that, covering more terrain than a group of speed-popping marathon runners gone off the path and into the hills.

While musically solid and surprisingly refreshing, the vocals here hold the band back. Not entirely what my niece calls "those growly voices" and not entirely typical black metal, ye olde vox seem to try too hard to be as dynamic as the music. While that's a refreshing take on the whole black metal thing and although it's nice to hear something different in that department, it's what ultimately keeps me from giving this disc the full-on green light. An interesting and often beautiful platter, it suggests that there is more to this band, we just have to wait until the trio uncovers those elements for itself.

Track Listing:
1. Red Boar Inn Revolt (7:39)
2. The Piper's Tale (9:09)
3. Old Man (7:41)
4. My Feast (7:47)
5. Amber Shades (6:57)
6. As Echoes Down Fall (7:44)
Total Time: 46:57

Added: September 6th 2004
Reviewer: Jedd Beaudoin
Related Link: Official Site
Hits: 3908
Language: english

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