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ENDEMISE

Far From the Light

(Maple Metal Records)

Reviewed by : Kelley Simms
Rating : 7.0

Ottawa-based symphonic black metal band ENDEMISE rely heavily on DIMMU BORGIR mimicry on its sophomore release, Far From the Light. Cascading keyboard cadences and melodies with flowing classical elements play a prominent part in the makeup of Endemise’s sound. Some of the best parts on the album are the piano-driven segments, as on the two and half minute instrumental ‘Encroaching Dusk,’ which is reminiscent of a Nexus Polaris-era COVENANT or an Enthrone Darkness Triumphant-era Dimmu Borgir. However, the dominant symphonic production values (I’d be more impressed if it was an actual orchestra) wash away the individual instruments and vocals, which tend to do battle in the overall mix. The guitars are decent enough but actual, memorable riffs are very minimal. However, the few lead solo spots that do pop up are well-executed, as on ‘Far From The Light’ and ‘Entranced By Twisting Skies.’ Vocalist Franky Falsetto possesses a standard black metal scratchy hiss which alternates between a lower guttural growl, which I assume is guitarist/backup vocalist Dale Sauve. The band’s rhythm section is anchored by the powerful and brilliant drumming of David Sauve while the bass is unfortunately pushed to the background. Endemise aren’t reinventing the wheel here, as this type of music has been done many times before. However, what the band does is fairly commendable as far as symphonic black metal goes. But they lack their own stamp on the genre. Far From the Light is not a bad effort per se, the band just needs to figure out what works best for them.



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