Album Review :~ Onirophagus - Endarkenment

I enjoy prototypical brooding doom band. Death/Doom metal is a style that remains untapped and it is hardly swallowed by Metal fans in general. When someone tells you about Death/Doom metal at first a delineation will click automatically in your imaginary such as excruciatingly slowly, pulchritudinous heavy, eschew crushing, bleakest, most hauntingly beautiful, graceful, down-tuned, slow-motion soundscapes of drifting, floating, dreamlike music, groovy riff moving in gentle transitions to vaguely shifting perspectives of mood. Feel yourself decay, gaze helplessly, thoughtlessly as the preternaturally odious head over the horizon, blotting out the last scarlet gasps of a moribund sunset, looming over the eerily tranquil and temperate ocean like an antediluvian menhir - massive, silent, mysterious and unspeakable journey, alone in a darkened room, lighting a few candles, unsealed some good wine and settling in for an uninterrupted hour of beauteous funeral doom sound driven by feelings and thus creates immense power and resonate overpowering as it is a purely exquisite voyage of yielding passion. That's probably just me and my definition. While some excellent, underrated and mostly overlooked band attempting to sell their flavor of the month band to potential listeners, there are some that simply exist outside of pre-existing molds. Some challengers exist, such as Onirophagus, a phenomenal addition to the Death/Doom metal roster. It's difficult to imagine, but "Endarkenment (Illumination Through Putrefaction)" surpassed than their previous work and moved to the whole new level with their something absolutely new and unimaginably great music level. The geographical shift in the propagation of Death/Doom metal has changed drastically over the past three decades. Spanish Death/Doom dealers Onirophagus unveiled their sophomore full-length album entitled “Endarkenment (Illumination Through Putrefaction)” in the starting of this year with 57:54 min running time along with heavy as fuck Death/Doom with more melody and more creativity than you can stand and you will definitely feel oppressed. Mixing doom metal with death metal along with atmospheric, gloomy vibe was their forte. The new album is filled with more unearthly, astounding, critical acclaimed, heavy, claustrophobic misery, enigmatic melodies. This new album consists of four tracks. Basically, Onirophagus was formed in 2011. Easily Onirophagus became one of my favorite Death/Doom metal band with their colossal, heavy and epic musical style. now I’m straight diving to the point about this new album.

This new studio efforts whole compositions showcased such power conveyed throughout the duration. This album embrace of the most beautiful of deaths. Lead voice rumbles deep in passing observations accompanied by a choir of ghostly angels soothing the sorrow of fading light that signals the end of experience in a world incapable of sustaining its illusionary promise of an ideal state of beauty and truth and a painful realization from which this music drifts away. This is truly a beautiful, wondrous piece of music, very organic and is constantly in motion along with your feelings, emotion. When I was spinning their latest studio effort for the first time I was overwhelmed, invaded my ears and this album sounds so authentic, mature and truly epic. This is triumphant sophisticated, spine-chilling atmospheric Death/Doom metal. Onirophagus banishes all our doubts regarding the genre describing the music of "Endarkenment (Illumination Through Putrefaction)" and putting particular emphasis on the first word and rekindle my endless love for Death/Doom metal. I cherish his unsurpassed quality, ability, and skill along with tremendous effort portrayed in this album in a radiant way with excellent diligence and nailed it. After a multiple listen their debut studio effort infused me with their unabating, powerful, overarching, chromatic, multi-layered, ultra-dense, monolithic, heart-wrenching Death/Doom metal just blew me away. Their musical style has a hypnotic effect and especially more atmospheric kind of Death/Doom metal but at the same time, the soundscape brings on sensations of crushing depression and evoke feelings of desperation making for a very dynamic performance.

This whole album reflects the grand diversity of this album.  A natural synthesis of mournful sounds and disparate styles all combined in one bold, enlightened display of unbound creativity. Easily this whole album hooked me up with its vocals filthy, crushing voice and their doom-laden, deep, unrelenting, melancholic, sorrowful, distant musical style with marvelous, exquisite works and builds layers of melancholy through high reverb along with the slow tempo. Their musical style avoids themselves falling into the usual boredom. "Endarkenment (Illumination Through Putrefaction)" fueled by an immediately convincing, weeping riff and an equally gripping bass line also it flows effortlessly and though the music is pretty dirgey. They manage to shift tempos just at the right moments to keep things rolling along like a grim parade. The kind of music that swells the heart even as it rips with a feeling of sorrow and loneliness and music is so emotional you can almost see the individual notes break down and cry. I highly appreciate and embrace this album.

This album is filled with a slew of delicate, whopping, intense, slow but powerful, heavy riffs work. In each track breathtaking, rumbling, filthy, soaring riffs, bass lineups matched in a good manner with colossal sounds are rightly used as an additional uncanny harmonic layer laced with dazzling, epic, exquisite doom-laden melodies. The album carries with it an aura that is austere, melancholic, bereft of sunlight but one that above all excels at comprehensively nailing the listener into place and fixing his mind on the subject matter. A grand manifestation of melancholy. This album indulges strong songwriting and brilliant musicianship. Vocals howling scream, hoarse , inhuman , deep rasps , deep lung-burning roars, immense,large voice emerged on this album in a well manner and intertwined perfectly with their utterly  spellbinding, obtuse, melodic, doomy, fully blistering, grandiose, distant musical style in a well manner with a lots of atmospheric accompaniment and  embedded perfectly. Overall you will get sinister, gloomy, desolate sound from this whole album. Some excellent stuff right here.

Each song has an energy, fluency and magical quality. Stand out tracks are all of them. Album artwork is precise, indelible. The production gives the music a powerful clarity, the atmosphere, drum propulsion and vibrant bass performance producing a non-stop surge of adrenaline. This new album displays their virtuosic performance and versatility with tremendous ability, skill and this one really makes sense and carries real emotions. Always melancholy and somber, they flit between beautiful and crushing and maintain that delicate equipoise across the album’s length. Overall "Endarkenment (Illumination Through Putrefaction)" is equally wrist slitting with some truly unhappy lead riffs that smother whatever hope you may have squirreled away deep in the crevices of your dark heart. This album is Spectacular, engrossing, significant, rich and another terrific piece that oozes solitariness. The production is absolutely impeccable, capable of handling both the massive atmospheric and gargantuan heft. Onirophagus manages to catch that grim atmosphere. After all, every event in our life that has to do with death has a profound effect on us, making us analyze and philosophize about our existence we are, unmistakably, both frightful of and intrigued by it. "Endarkenment (Illumination Through Putrefaction)" sets your mind alight, rather than your senses. This album sounds so authentic and a truly remarkable sonic journey from beginning to end. Indeed this album is such a true gem. This is highly recommended to add it in your collection. If you are looking for something different, epic this pure unadulterated album is perfect. The landscape might be barren with few visitors these days but in this case, quality over quantity wins the day. It makes me dream bigger, thinks harder, envisions broader. 

My Rating – 5/4.9 Review was done by – Souvik Basu. Published on 26.07.2019

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