Album Review :~ Crescent - The Order Of Amenti

Ancient Egyptian mythology,history was always enigmatic,mysterious and ambiguous from centuries and obviously difficult to trace . Ancient Egyptians civilization was not a lapse through the ages because their civilization was unique regarding its civilized aspects, its enormous achievement. Cleansing ignorance and darkness Egypt enlightened their mysterious history through spreading knowledge and exposed to the world about ancient enormous fields of science.  Pertaining  their geographical position where ancient Egypt prevailed for centuries spreading knowledge and reaching higher levels of progression. I believe that the fascination over ancient Egypt will never end and for a good reason. Actually whenever I saw something related with Egyptian mythology,concept  that article or image or band whatever easily attracted me because of their epic history,magnificent theme,culture . In the matter of metal music nowadays the underground is full of newcomers who bring enthusiasm and fresh ideas . In this difficult,complex musical style there are some bands that simply exist outside of pre-existing molds.
 Well, after four years since the recording of their last sonic assailment oriental blackened death metal horde Crescent revealed their sophomore full length album entitled “The Order of Amenti” via Listenable Records with 56:42 min running time. This album consist with 8 tracks . Basically Crescent was formed in 1999 and in before they had released two EP entitled “Dreamland” in 1999 and “The Retribution” in 2009. Death Metal with Middle Eastern,Mesopotamian or otherwise unconventional influences enjoys indeed tend quite popular . Certain Egyptian mythological theme based bands were able to gain proper attention and Crescent appeared becoming a well established group of bands who can make a fully sound and creative and with a lot of poetry in his lyrics,with well crafted,distinct content . Already Nile,Coffin Texts,Melechesh, Scarab, Maat are undisputed kings of Middle eastern influenced musical style. Crescent deliver a very unique kind of death metal combining brutal,technical,melodic  and atmospheric musical style with Egyptian,Arabic folk elements.Their musical level of complexity, technicality  and obscurity is fantastic.

It’s really difficult to separate a band, their story, their legacy and their music from each other to glean some truth about the piece you presently get to witness. Crescent have triumphed musically to attain their own particular style,religious history and sound without sounding niche or trite.Blackened death metal colliding with Middle Eastern,Mesopotamian or otherwise unconventional influences enjoys indeed tend quite rare.Crescent  able to gain proper attention in this complex,unrelenting, disparate musical style.Crescent  is a well established group of bands who can make a fully sound and creative and with a lot of excellence in his lyrics,with well crafted,distinct content . 
At a first listen of “Beyond the Path of Amenti ” I was astounded and grab my attention.After a multiple listen their latest studio effort possessed me with their extreme,chromatic,multi-layered, powerful,blasting death metal musical style with technical riffs work , paradigm shift and melodic,folk vibe with sporadic middle eastern tunes , dark, sensual and mystical soundscapes and obviously their distinguishing musical composition ,grandiose concept just  blew me away .Ismaeel Attallah and his cohorts exudes tremendous effort in radiant way on this album with excellent diligence and nailed it .I really appreciate each and every single musicians unsurpassed ability,efficiency and skill. This new album is triumphant rich blackened death metal. This whole album reflects the grand diversity of sound brought together on this album . Their incredibly sensitive,slightly sandy,dusty antique and disparate musical styles all combined in one bold, enlightened display of unbound creativity Despite the often fast ,furious,cacophonous, heavy and extreme form of death metal assaults  with a lots of segments of  brutal,technical,melodic segments,tasteful Middle eastern,Arabic musical style involvement and without sacrificing the atmospheric aspect enhanced this new albums unique flavor and enriched this album that is very powerful,heavy and excellent all at the same time along with a good  balance  of technical death metal music,Middle Eastern music,melody and brutality with strangulated ,intricate riffs work and those effective rasps,harsh vocals simultaneously . Their music is both dark and ecstatic. I highly appreciate and applaud and cite this album because of their distinct style .This album contains with a strong dose of creative,memorable death metal with a trace of a modern taste,relentless rhythmic,technical,brutal and melodic that is simply outstanding.

well, their latest opus starts with a oriental track consist  with magical thoughts, ominous sound,camp fire and then whispering, chanting around the tones then suddenly the sound evolves into heavy,powerful,bestial grunt followed by intricate,fast,delicate riffs work,blast beating,fast soundscapes with onslaught of savage guitar and a wall of spectacular,relentless drums  . Including ritualistic hand percussion sounds and utilizes a majestic intro over heavy guitar leading into a slower-paced affair via drums and guitar chords made their whole composition and musical style impeccable. From this new album we get fast, oppressive,oriental black/death metal finest variety with just make enough melody . This album is filled with a slew of twisted , traversed ,chugging, groovy,intricate,apocalyptic,crushing riffs line ups with technical prowess . As well bass line up is shifting, chaotic, deeper,roving and bludgeoning. Drumming,percussion line up is thundering,dodgy,punishing,frantic,blast beating  and rabidly insane . There are a slew of individual riffs,solo sections which sound briefly something exotic . In each track intricate,spectacular  riffs,bass lineups matched in fantastic way with technical orientation . This album indulge strong songwriting,grandiose concept and brilliant musicianship . Tempo changes are excellent and complicated . Vocals harsh,snarling growls,deep rasps, aggressive, vigorous, crucial voice woven in a good manner with their utterly savage,merciless,onslaught, primal organic ,violent,uncanny black/death metal sound with a lots of technical prowess, brutal,melodic segments,Middle Eastern musical  accompaniment and embedded perfectly .

I really worship this band . Each song have an energy ,fluency and dominating power . Stand out tracks are all of em. Album artwork is atrocious,indelible. Album artwork showcased the flavor of Egyptian mythology . Overall  “The Order Of Amenti” whole album Sound extremely promising,prestigious, blistering , extremely lush ,ambitious, menacing, conceptual in all the right ways . Indeed this album is such an true gem of this year and this album will give you unyielding awesomeness from beginning  to the end . Their potential on this new album is appreciable .  “The Order Of Amenti”so presented as unshakable strong slabs of Egyptian mythology based blackened death metal .This is aesthetics of black/death metal . This album have a fantastic sense of exoticism without any sacrifice in intensity and will take you on a journey where myth, religion, mystery, the desert and the Egyptian bright night meet. outstanding another one release of this year so far . This is strongly recommend to add it in your collection.Crescent able to cultivate Middle eastern music with blackened death metal properly and garnished,presented this whole album as a masterpiece.Yet the subtle touches of Middle Eastern,Arabic musical style inspired flair and groove are enough to distinguish the band from the extreme metal pace and their sophomore album demonstrates it perfectly. These themes of primordial order through chaos are mirrored in the band’s own music.  There is a sense of regality permeating throughout as the chaos is articulated, defined, and embraced by native sons with a royal lineage as old as the sands of the Egyptian desert. This is strongly recommend to add it in your collection and this whole album perfectly orchestrated exercise of pure unadulterated mythological blackened death metal.

Rating: 5/5 - ‎Review by Souvik Basu. Published on 18/03/2018

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