Review: Sorrow Enthroned “Thelemic Grimoires”

Review: Sorrow Enthroned “Thelemic Grimoires”

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The young black/death metal formation from Connecticut, USA, has released this year two full-length albums, and this month the second album “Thelemic Grimoires” saw the light without the real promotion from the labels.

Sorrow Enthroned is a mysterious one-man project, focused on dark and heavy music, including death and black metal with numerous side-effects. The death metal varies from brutal and juicy sound to melodic and harmonic passages, but black metal offers some kind of atmospheric and classical attitude. It’s not an unique blend of musical experimentations, but still, it’s not so easy to harmoniously combine brutal and melodic death metal during one song!

Most of the songs are performed in both chosen styles, generally there are death metal passages, followed by black metal parts. But some Morbid Angel inspired death metal tracks (like doomy “Black Horned God” or “He Who Devoureth Abyssal Wanderers”) lack black metal parts, so only a couple of songs can be described as pure death metal. Usually the black metal transforms the creepy and low death metal foundation into faster and more atmospheric material with typical blast beats and shrill screaming (like “Winter Winds Weep”). But in death metal section the growling is so extremely deep and low, that it almost blends into lowly-tuned wall of guitar riffs. There is some progressiveness in songs “Sins of the Carnal Man” and “Black Horned God”, but disharmonic chaoticness is achieved by dissonant guitar riffs in songs “Artem Satanismus” and “Rituals for our Whore”. Melodic parts are easily recognized throughout the album, giving some kind of diversity to this brutal release. Curious ritualistic atmosphere in songs “Inutterable Darkness” and “Thelemic Grimoires” strongly accentuates the band’s fondness for occult and dark themes, making them even creepier and gloomier than the primitive death metal hammering.

Despite precise and sharp guitar riffs and articulated singing, the sound on “Thelemic Grimoires” is very raw and dirty to enjoy the full meaning of musical technicality. But the extreme metal scene is fond of this deliberate muddying, emphasizing the underground feeling. So despite the lack of compositional originality, Sorrow Enthroned managed to fit in confidently in opposite sides of death metal, proving that brutality can easily coexist with melodiousness.

Release date: November 6th, 2020

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