It's amazing how the demo era of a said band is almost always the most
productive and magical time in their "career." It's during this time, and
this time only, especially within black metal, that the childish and
ignorant hatreds of various sources in society have brooded so uncontained
within the individual, and need to expel themselves through some fitting
form of escape or exit. Enthroned were precisely this way. This promo
exceeded a level of hate and primivity that was entirely unbeknownst to
their later material. Well... Towards the Skullthrone... was quite good,
but nowhere near this stuff.
Promo 94 showcases the better aspects of Enthroned's songwritting while
maintaining a very violently based production sound that was dropped
immediately after. Here was the best songs, remade and eventually
re-recorded throughout their later days; Deny the Holy Book Of Lies, At the
Sound of the Black Millenium Bells, and the killer Tales From A Blackened
Horde; all in their absolutely most barbaric form. Just to hear the songs
in these stages is alone enough to get this.
The best part of this demo however, and basically every demo for that
matter, is that it showed the band as a progressing entity. When you
listen to a later album, it is so perfectly executed and manipulated that it
makes me want to fucking vomit!!! What happened to the attitude and the
aggresion?? The violence and the hate??
I suppose they are still there in one form or another, but disguised
gracefully behind perfection. Yet, on the Enthroned promo, there is simply
no getting around this fact; straggling musical skills, plodding drums which
seem always to trail slightly behind the time, and absolutely henious vocals
from Sabathan. I love every second of it, and the music is just way, way
better. It seems as though only a few bands realize this, and that's what
sets them apart in the scene. They transcend material or socio-political
standards, and just keep playing black metal in the way it was meant to be
played; it's absolutely most primieval stripped down essence.
© 2002 orodruin