Tomorrow's Dead Days REVIEWS

Tomorrow's Dead Days REVIEWS

Tomorrow's Dead Days REVIEWS




• IMPERIUMI.NET    - Rating: 7/10
• METAL-RULES.COM    - Rating: 4/5
• SUE 6/2010    - Rating: 7/10
• Inferno 6/2010 (#78)    - Rating: 3,5/5
• Tuskasi.com    - Rating: 8/10
• Lords of Metal    - Rating: 85/100
• Metalunderground.com    - Rating: 4/5
• Archaic Metallurcy    - Rating: 7+/10
• Metalship webzine    - Rating: 9,5/10
• Chronicles of Chaos Webzine    - Rating: 9,5/10
• Metalstorm.net    - Rating: 9,2/10
• The Metal Observer    - Rating: 8/10


IMPERIUMI.NET - Rating: 7/10 - 2.6.2010

Iältään suhteellisen nuori Enthrope on parin demojulkaisun jälkeen päässyt levyn tekemisen makuun ja lopputuloksena on varsin mukava pelinavaus Tomorrow's Dead Days. Melodista dark- ja death metalin sekoitusta veivaava pumppu onkin pakertanut kasaan paketin, joka ei puhtaasti kumartele vain yhden genrekunnan suuntaan, mutta joka samalla osaa olla kuulostamatta väsyneeltä hybriditeokselta.

Aivan ensimmäisen ja ehkä sitä seuraavankin kuuntelukerran perusteella Enthrope jätti suuhun maun tavanomaisesta ja tylsänpulskeasta "perusmetallista", suomalaisin otten, totta kai. Hyvin tehtyä ja muhkeat soundit, toki, mutta silti kovin mitäänsanomatonta. Vaan lisäkuunteluiden myötä alkoi särmää ja vaihteluakin erottua ja Tomorrow's Dead Days onkin varsin dynaaminen, alkuvaikutelmaansa parempi tapaus.

Siinä missä yhtye paikoin jyriseekin melodisen raskasmetallin pauloissa a la Hypocrisy, yhtye osaa heittäytyä myös selvästi herkemmälle dark metal -fiilistelyvaihteelle. Jälkimmäistä on osaavasti korostettu paitsi harkituilla syntikkaratkaisuilla, myös Vanguard-solisti Suvi Grymin heleällä ja kovin kauniilla naislaululla. Kontrastia tähän löytyy niin miesörinöiden kuin puhtaidenkin laulusovitusten saralta.

Melodiat puolestaan tuovat paikoin mieleen myös toisen kotimaisen, nimittäin aiemmin aktiivisen Rapturen. Jos aivan yhtä melankolisille urille ei Enthrope ylläkään, on lopputulos silti varsin maukas ja parhaimmillaan varsin vertailukelpoinen. Enthropen heikkoudet puolestaan löytyvät niistä tavanomaisuuksista, joita levyllä on ehkä hieman turhan paljon ollakseen todellinen päävoitto.

Vioistaan huolimatta TDD on korvaa miellyttävä lätty. Sille on ehkä tällaisenaan pituutta siunaantunut hitusen liikaa, mutta se on toisaalta vaivaton levy päästä sisälle. Omassa lokerossaan tutustumisen veroinen.

Rating: 7/10
Reviewed by Serpent, 02.06.2010
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METAL-RULES.COM - Rating: 4/5 - 2.6.2010

So, I wasn´t hyping this band in vain when I wrote a review for their 3-track demo (SILENCED EARTH) back in 2008. The band is called Enthrope – and they play a combination of atmospheric, keyboard-laden dark and death metal (that´s the closest description I can come up with when trying to categorize their stuff).

Enthrope inked a deal with the Swedish label Supernova Records (a division of Bonnier Amigo Music Group) during spring 2010, and since then everything was basically set for the band for getting their emotional and melody-filled dark/death metal spread to the rest of the world.

TOMORROW´S DEAD DAYS, featuring 9 songs altogether, is a pretty darn amazing wholeness from Enthrope, proving how ambitious, hungry and determined the band has been when putting these 9 songs together for their debut album, and recording them for this release. The album is overall strongly riff-based, accompanied with Miika´s very powerful death grunts (and occasional black metal shrieks) and keyboard parts that merely are involved in the album for broadening the songs´ horizon toward some unexpected and multi-layered spheres – and basically giving them more space to breathe freely with the help of these keyboard sections.

There seems to be a great number of things happening within their songs all the time - the songs changing their deep and strong colors constantly, going from one extreme to another. The songs on T.D.D. actually are all very well crafted and put together; every piece in each individual song seems to have found its justified and right place in a song structure. I am also glad they have got their previous demo´s so-called ´hit song´, titled “Cloud Six”, featured as the opening track for this very pompous and powerful album. Looks like someone has listened to me after all, ha!

Enthrope have achieved some great things on their debut album in terms of catchy and well made dark/death metal for which they can truly be proud of. I was honestly very hooked by this album anyway, and bet so many others of you will be, too. Amazingly good album from this relatively young Finnish metal act.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewed by Luxi Lahtinen, June 2010
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SUE 6/2010 - Rating: 7/10

Espoolainen Enthrope keräsi mukavasti mainetta jo demoaikoina, ja olikin oikeus ja kohtuus, että yhtye pääsi nauhoittamaan ensimmäisen studioalbuminsa. Bändi tarttui rohkeasti härkää sarvista ja julkaisee yhdeksän kappaleen mittaisen debyyttinsä kesän kunniaksi.

Yhtyeen pohjana on melodinen death metal, jonka päälle, lomaan ja yhteyteen on punottu tunnelmallisia elementtejä ja fiilistelevämpiä väliosia. Syntikat ja melodiat ovat olennainen osa soundia, ja pariin kappaleeseen kutenThe Desolate ja End It Alliin on pyydetty vierailijaksi Suvi Grym tuomaan kontrastia vokalisti Miika Partasen osioihin.

Enthropen konsepti on kehityskelpoinen ja nytkin monissa kohdissa varsin toimiva, mutta siinä on vielä kehittämisen varaa. Erityisesti kontrasteja raskaan runttauksen ja ambient-tunnelmoinni välillä voi laittaa rohkeasti lisää. Tästä on hyvä aloittaa ja vielä parempi jatkaa.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewed by Jussi Lahtonen, June 2010




Inferno 6/2010 (#78) - Rating: 3,5/5

Vakuuttavaa jälkeä demoillaan tehnyt Enthrope on yhtye, jonka debyyttilevyn tasokkuus ei tule suurena yllätyksenä. Vankka soittokokemus ja selkeä näkemys musiikkinsa suunnasta ovat saattaneet yhtyeen pisteeseen, jossa mahdollisuus epäonnistumisesta tuntuu todella etäiseltä.

Enthrope kuulostaa selkeästi suomalaiselta, ja yhtyeen musiikista on helppo vetää yhtäläisyyksiä edesmenneen Divercian, Manufacturer´s Priden, Soulfallenin ja Throes Of Dawninkin tuotoksiin. Bändin melodinen ja tunnelmallinen dark metal pohjaa selkeisiin ja iskeviin biiseihin, mistä parhaana esimerkkinä toimii sinkkuna julkaistu ja yhtyeen monipuolisinta antia edustava Moon Chains Descent.

Tomorrow´s Dead Days on paikoin erittäinkin antoisa debyyttilevy, jonka suurimmaksi eduksi on luettava sen kuuntelijaläheisyys. Levyyn on helppo tarttua ja musiikki vie mukanaan ensihetkistä lähtien, mutta albumi tuntuu liian pitkältä toimiakseen aivan täysillä loppuun saakka.

Tiivistetymmällä paketilla Enthrope saattaisi nousta erittäin kovaksi tekijäksi. Jatkossa tämä toivottavasti korjaantuu.

Rating: 3,5/5
Reviewed by Joni Juutilainen




TUSKASI.COM - Rating: 8/10

On June 2nd 2010 Finnish newcomer Enthrope finally released its first album "Tomorrow's Dead Days". Considering the band's year of birth -2006- the word finally may be inappropriate, because the five guys from Helsinki show quite a straight career. But Enthrope's previous demos, especially "Silenced Earth" from 2008 made extremely hungry for more and proved that they really deserve a record deal. Supernova now realized the high potential and gave way for six new songs and place for three old ones ("Cloud Six", "End It All" and "Stars Of Nhagrad").

Due to the high quality demos -in both music and production- the expectations for the debut have also been high. Enthrope managed to live up to these expectations. They kept the level of the demo recordings, snapped the chance they got and added a huge amount of variability, strength and skill. "Cloud Six" is the perfect opener that immediately catches the listener with its power and masterful alternations between angry growls and rousing melodies. Exactly this concept continues through the rest of the album and allows you no pause, but without being exhausting.

Altogether "Tomorrow's Dead Days" sounds very heavy, but always rhythmical and is over and over riddled with melodic parts and variety in atmosphere and voice (including female guest vocals). Maybe vocalist Miika Partonen should more focus on his heavier growling performance, for his attempts to a more tender way of singing are still not good enough. They are not bad, but could be better and therefore one hardly would miss them. Guest vocalist Suvi Grym (Vanguard) however is an absolute enrichment and fits the overall concept like Cinderella in her lost shoe. She gives some additional spice and diversion to the album as a whole. On "The Desolate" it is simply amazing how well a high and fragile female voice and deep male growls simultaneously conspire together.

Enthrope definitely did a great job in all respects. It is a delight listening to "Tomorrow’s Dead Days", it just grabs you where you are and takes you along to reveal its very own insides while showing no insecurity at all. This album is very strong and confident, which is to be highly appreciated for a debut.

Rating: 8/10
Reviewed by Claudia Schwarz – 20.06.2010
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LORDS OF METAL - Rating: 85/100

The next new seminal band hailing from Finland is here! After two demos and a digital single, the full-length debut album ‘Tomorrow’s Dead Days’ of Enthrope is out and it happens to be an engrossing piece of music brimming with variegation. This is a slightly new band, since guitarists Ville and Jani only formed the outfit in 2006. They worked hard on their own identity for some time. We can situate their style somewhere in the melodic dark/death metal genre, but one can hear elements of a wide range of music. Lyrics have a dark timbre, but they also wander through astrological topics. Miika Partonen has a powerful, gritty grunt (in ‘Cloud Six’ he reminds me a bit of the latest Moonspell albums), but guitarist Ville Keinänen also contributes with (very well) clean vocal lines. Nothing emo or hardcore though (fortunately); this is raucous death metal with loads of graceful guitar soloing. The latter feature is really stunning in Enthrope.

In some of the songs, like in ‘The Last Lunation’ they create a mysterious atmosphere. This feeling is invigorated with whispering parts. In the third song ‘Moon Chains Descent’ – that’s also the single – one can hear clean vocals for the first time. They have a kind of melancholic flavour, but that’s not so surprising with a Finnish band. Vocalist Miika goes all the way during marvellous screaming parts in ‘Illumination Paradox’ – mark the tight part with lovely keyboards as well – and the slightly mechanic sounding ‘Stars Of Nhagrad’ which turns into a great occluding epic. In all the songs keyboards are used in the background as a mystic soaring undercurrent. Sometimes they are playful, for instance at the beginning of ‘Illumination Paradox’. They add some incidental female vocals in ‘End It All’ and the slower one ‘The Desolate’. That’s on account of Suvi Grym of Vanguard. On the other hand, Enthrope confronts us with recalcitrant rhythms and restless patterns in ‘Dead Sun Fragment’. As you can see, ‘Tomorrow’s Dead Days’ is a very diverse album; they work with contrasts in an exciting way. The album was recorded at the D-Studios (the band recorded their demos there too) and they assisted the mix and mastering which was done by Jarno Hänninen. A very good new band with Evemaster musician Juha Sorsa on bass.

Rating: 85/100
Reviewed by Vera
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METALUNDERGROUND.COM - Rating: 4/5

The 2008 demo “Silenced Earth” by Enthrope was sent out to websites and labels in an attempt to garner interest for the Finnish project so a full-length could finally see the light of day. It appears to have pressed the right buttons, because Supernova picked the band up for the release of “Tomorrow’s Dead Days.” During the two year wait, Enthrope managed to put together a collection of songs containing everything that made the demo great, while still maintaining a consistent high quality throughout a much longer run time.

As with on “Silenced Earth,” Enthrope crafts a sound that belongs in the death metal genre, even though that’s not the most accurate description of the music. Even phrases like “melodic” or “symphonic” aren’t quite the right adjectives to tack on. The album’s press kit describes it as “majestic and atmospheric,” and that’s actually a direct hit. The entire album has a nearly constant undercurrent of synth work, but it’s a backing measure to give the music substance instead of the focus of any song. The constant atmospheric background segments create a stellar flow throughout the album, although it has the downside that much of the music’s power is lost if it isn’t being actively listened to and scrutinized.

While Enthrope created believable female sighs and chants on the demo through synth work alone, on the full-length the band recruited Suvi Grym of Vanguard to give real female vocals on a few tracks. Much like the backing atmosphere of the album, the female vocals are a vehicle to move the songs onward, rather than a focus or an attempt to create a “beauty and the beast” effect.

The main growls and screams bring to mind Fernando Ribeiro’s work on the latest Moonspell albums. While maintaining aggression and having serious weight, there is still a melodic quality to the growls that make them something altogether different than what would be expected on a more brutal death metal record. “Moon Chains Descent” also has a brief bout of clean male singing to round out the vocal work.

The songs are very easily recognizable as having that trademark Finnish dark metal sound, but what sets the album apart is the smooth instrumentation that constantly moves in different directions. From melodic guitars providing a counterbalance to pummeling bouts of drum work, to random 80’s rock style synths, and even to the psychedelic and trippy feel of “Illumination Paradox,” this is an album always in motion.

All of the songs are tied together but a steady theme of illumination, heavenly bodies, and astrological symbols. The cosmic nature of the music occasionally brings to mind the non-Satanic songs from modern era Samael. A galactic atmosphere isn’t just limited to the lyrics however, as songs like “Dead Sun Fragment” construct a feeling of being suspended in air by cleverly combining the guitar and synth sounds.

“Tomorrow’s Dead Days” plays out as the fulfillment of the promise created in the “Silenced Earth” demo. Enthrope has refined and progressed their sound, and proved that the band can keep up their unique dark style effectively over an hour without getting repetitive. Fans of Finnish metal or later Moonspell will be right at home exploring the nuances of the disc over many spins.

Highs: Great dark symphonic atmosphere, interesting themes, a few instances of unexpected psychedelic segments.

Lows: The constant backing synth work can get lost in the music.

Bottom line: Enthrope's debut full-length successfully mixes aggressive death metal with atmospheric synth work.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewed by xFiruath on August 17, 2010
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Archaic Metallurcy - Rating: 7+/10

With two more or less massive demos behind them since their inception in 2006, Finnish dark metal merchants Enthrope returned in June 2010 with the debut album 'Tomorrow's Dead Days'. Since I liked the demos, my expectations towards the album were sky-high. Or rather they were sphaerical, when thinking about Enthrope and their lyrical concepts...

Enthrope's music is mostly very heavy, mid-paced and filled with melody. Heavy chug-chug riffs and heavily melodious guitar work is backed by ethereal mat-like synthesizers, big beats, brutally growled vocals and loud bass. The music also has a very Finnish aura to it, probably because of its melancholic feel, to which the music dives into every now and then. Enthrope sound somewhat close, at least at times, to Swallow The Sun, Rapture and Insomnium for example. The band's goal was to "combine dark, death metal music with more atmospheric and ambient sounds to fulfill the concept", and they have succeeded in doing that. The songs are pretty long, but their concepts are amorphous, be it compositions or melodies. Sometimes these work like a dream, other times not so well. The band have included both old (3) and new songs (6) on this one. Some of the new songs see the band moving towards lighter, not so severe tones. These surely give breathing space, but still I find these bits for being not so engaging (okay, female vocals driven 'The Desolate' is magnificent!). While there are many different tones throughout the album, still it is somewhat plagued by stagnation. Anyways, this does not lack of hooks, at times they just might be more further from each other.

The production is heavy. Actually it is overtly heavy, to the point of distortion. This might be because that they've tampered with promo copy, so that the original would not circulate as a pirate version in the internet. Clean soundscape is a fine contrast to heaviness, and detail-wise there is a lot to be heard. The lyrics are fantastically space-coloured, which give them unique touch.

My opinion towards this album hasn't changed during 4 or so months. I found this both engaging and somewhat dull straight from the first listen. A good debut, but did not quite fill my highexpectations. If you're a sucker for Swallow The Sun, Rapture and Insomnium and similar (even more melodic Hypocrisy stuff), then this album, I believe, is well worth to be experienced.

Rating: 7+/10
Reviewed by Lane, 11/08/2010 15:54
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Metalship webzine - Rating: 9,5/10

Google translated version

Quoiqu'on en pense, Internet reste un formidable moyen de faire parler de soi. Quelles étaient les chances pour que je croise un jour le chemin d'Enthrope, ce jeune groupe finlandais de Dark Death Mélodique? C'est en me promenant de liens en liens que je suis tombé sur le site officiel de ces cinq gaillards inspirés... Ni une ni deux, j'entrepris de me procurer leur premier album Tomorrow's Dead Days, sorti début juin 2010 via le label suédois Supernova Records. Quelle claque mes amis!

Débutons logiquement avec l'aspect visuel. Enthrope semble apporter un grand soin à ce niveau-là, il n'y a qu'à voir les artworks des précédentes sorties du groupe! Un très bon début, qu'il faut vite confirmer par le son!

Et rassurez-vous, le quintet d'Espoo n'est pas venu pour déconner. "Cloud Six" arrive sur les sons d'un clavier d'inspiration orientale, avant de nous servir un mélange de Dark Metal atmosphérique et de Death Mélodique sauce Before the Dawn et Insomnium. Ceci dit, Enthrope semble avoir parfaitement digéré ses influences et nous propose une musique parfaitement équilibrée. Bien que ce premier titre reste accrocheur grâce à ses guitares, le niveau monte sensiblement d'un cran avec la suite. "The Last Lunation", "Moon Chains Descent" et "Illumination Paradox" offrent une réelle profondeur, et démontrent que ces finlandais savent y faire pour faire ressentir les émotions. En prime, l'intervention d'un chant clair très convaincant sur "Moon Chains Descent", qui vient apporter une touche plus 'paisible', déjà palpable grâce aux claviers.

D'un refrain accrocheur à un autre, nous arrivons à "Dead Sun Fragment", qui nous malmène avec brio jusqu'à ses trois minutes et dix-huit secondes, moment où le groupe revêt un atour plus atmosphérique, en décalage avec les débuts tonitruants de ce morceau! Excellent, tout simplement! Et ce n'est pas fini, "The Desolate" interpelle grâce à son chant féminin (également présent sur "End It All"). Enthrope fait preuve d'une véritable sensibilité, flirtant même avec un Metal Gothique bien foutu, jusqu'à ce que le chant déchiré de Miika Partonen vienne reprendre un superbe refrain, accompagné de la douce voix de Suvi Grym. Allez, pour nous achever, les finlandais nous assènent un "Stars of Nhagrad" puissant, mélodique et ravageur. Pendant plus de huit minutes, Enthrope joue de son Dark Death Mélodique, y incluant des variations plus ou moins atmosphériques! Jouissif!

Un dernier point: la prod' de Tomorrow's Dead Days, sans être la plus massive du moment, garde un côté léger, aérien, qui n'apporte que du bon aux compositions d'Enthrope.

Vous l'aurez sûrement compris, Internet m'a permit de me faire une sacrée découverte musicale! C'est bien simple, Tomorrow's Dead Days est devenu l'un de mes albums cultes, qui risque d'user sacrément mon bon vieux lecteur CD avant que je ne m'en lasse! Ce qui séduit dès l'entame de l'opus, c'est la facilité avec laquelle Enthrope passe de parties violentes à d'autres bien plus épurées et mélancoliques. Ajoutez à cela une véritable identité et une maturité surprenante et vous tenez là l'un des groupes finlandais les plus prometteurs de sa génération!

A découvrir et soutenir au plus vite!

Rating: 9,5/10
Reviewed by kumelia
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Chronicles of Chaos - Rating: 9,5/10

I'm really impressed with Finland's metal scene lately. Regardless of whether it's black metal, death metal, grindcore, or power metal, quite a few bands from the land of a thousand lakes are producing release after release of extremely high-quality material. All one has to do is turn to Omnium Gatherum's latest effort, _New World Shadows_, or Evemaster's _III_ to get an idea of what I mean. The aforesaid albums are some of the best I've heard in a long, long time; and this means quite a bit coming from a jaded 30-something dude like me who has "heard it all before". Well, luckily I haven't. And, with Enthrope's latest release, _Tomorrow's Dead Days_, comes yet another absolutely amazing progressive and atmospheric dark metal release from one of Finland's best kept secrets.

Coming from Espoo, in the far south of Finland, Enthrope have released two demos (_Universe Mute_ and _Silenced Earth_ in 2007 and 2008 respectively) and a single called _Moonchain's Decscent_, which included a song of the same named featured on their debut, _Tomorrow's Dead Days_. From what I gather from some of the band member's previous outfits, these guys have been playing metal in one form or another since the early '90s. So there's quite a bit of experience there, and it definitely shows in their composition skills and musicianship.

Here's what comes to mind each time I listen to _Tomorrow's Dead Days_: it's a cold winter night (say sometime in mid-January), and you're just driving around the city aimlessly. There are a few ice-crystals suspended in the still air, and no one is around to brave the cold -- except, maybe, for the odd blurred figure walking slowly to wherever it is they're going. All you see as you round each corner are the dark, dead structures of black and grey buildings, the muted pulses of flashing street-lights, and some steam rising reluctantly from sewer grates. The main point I'm trying to get across here is that _Tomorrow's Dead Days_ is laden with dark, cold and sophisticated atmosphere, which, to me, is strongly evocative of a cold, dark winter night -- it's just amazing.

So, in terms of specifics, what are we dealing with here? Quite simply, I would say that Enthrope play futuristic and atmospheric dark / death metal. _Tomrrow's Dead Days_ is full of catchy, emotive and engaging riffs, a solid rhythm section, occasional beautiful female vocals, and great, relaxed guitar solos -- all of which is set against the backdrop of sweeping, oneiric and subtle keys. The vocals are interesting, too, as they're quite varied throughout the album. They range from a deep, gruff grow, a strained shout, to really unique clean vocals. When listening to Partonen's growls, though, I'm really reminded of Tom from the profoundly underrated Polish band Sirrah. For those interested, just check out their album _Will Tomorrow Come?_ from 1997.

Enthrope sets the pace, generally, at a measured mid-paced stomp; however, they occasionally speed things a little bit up to get their point across -- although this is fairly rare. This is a good thing, though, as thrash or blast-beats wouldn't fit the band's approach to dark / death metal. Things really slow down occasionally with some amazingly dreamy passages marked by female vocals, clean guitars and Enthrope's highly characteristic use of keyboards. And it is the keys that I want to focus on for a moment as they are really subtle and unique in the way they're utilised. While sounding very modern and futuristic, they're not overpowering or in your face like some bands. Actually, to the contrary, they're really nuanced even though they're quite present in the music. And I have to say that each time I listen to this album, I hear something different in the complex way they play off all of the other instruments and vocals.

In terms of the production and mix, things couldn't be more perfect. And, while modern, it doesn't sound too clinical or sterile. Aside from the modern and futuristic approach to the music, there's definitely something "organic" (yeah, yeah, it's a hackneyed metaphor, I know) about the production and mix -- probably because, like many other aspects of the album, they're very subtle, almost calm. Just listen to see what I mean.

Well, to round out this review, all I can say is that if you're a fan of progressive, dark / death metal (maybe we could call this "adult-oriented" death metal, borrowing a phrase from the guitarist of Omnium Gatherum), then make sure to head to the band's website and order yourself a copy of _Tomorrow's Dead Days_. Honestly, Enthrope is up there with some of Finland's greats, and I hope they keep getting better. I cannot wait to hear what these guys have up their sleeves next. Keep up the amazing work, lads.

Rating: 9,5/10
Reviewed by Mark Dolson
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MetalStorm.net - Rating: 9,2/10 - 15.7.2011

Melodic death metal is an exhausted genre which had very limited means of expression in the first place. But since it sold so well to adolescent metal fans with low expectations, it flourished on the barren soil of its narrow repertoire. Once in a while a promising band emerges, shines for a while and vanishes into the sea of mediocrity also called mainstream musical business, never to be heard again.

I sincerely hope that Enthrope will not share the fate of hundreds of bands before them. While not strictly a melodeath band, they do have enough distinguishing features of the genre that allow one to categorise them as such. Atmospheric melodic death metal with a dark progressive edge - how does that sound? Not too good, I agree. Fortunately, Enthrope's music sounds much much better. Rarely do we get a debut album from an obscure band that has such a fantastic, powerful and juicy sound. It feels like the music wants to tear itself out of the speakers and land on my head. Thundering bass drums, razor sharp and crystal clear guitars, deep bass guitar, keyboards - everything perfectly balanced.

The most beautiful thing is that the music itself is at least as excellent as its production, or even better. Mostly mid-tempo, with beautiful, relaxed guitar solos and catchy, memorable riffs. Occasional ethereal female vocals (especially in "The Desolate", where they play a major part) wonderfully complement male vocals, which range from deep growls to some clean singing. Every song is a separate story and, unlike most metal albums nowadays, every one of them is memorable and unique - lushly arranged, exquisite and elegant. Such rich and ripe compositions usually are the work of very experienced musicians, and, reading Enthrope's lineup I see that this is the case. Some of the members have been around since the mid-nineties.

I heard this album in 2011. If I listened to it when it was out, in 2010, it'd be the debut of the year for me. If you have an open mind for music that will challenge you, or if you want a slightly different take on a well know topic, give Enthrope a try. I can't imagine you could regret it.

Rating: 9,2/10
Reviewed by Daniell, 15.7.2011
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The Metal Observer - Rating: 8/10 - 9.8.2011

If Metal is your preferred pass time, it’s a pretty safe bet that being from Finland will result in a very happy life, the dark and depressive winters not withstanding. Some have pointed to there being a signature Finnish sound that generally pervades bands in different points in the spectrum, from the commercial brand to the underground. It generally consists of a polished and gloomy aesthetic with a powerful drum presence, a constant stream of keyboard atmospheres and a somewhat processed yet still chunky and percussive. Whether it be melodic Death Metal, Black Metal or Power Metal, this tendency endures. In this respect, ENTHROPE comes in as a sort of Dark/Death Metal alternative that actually embodies this sound in a purer way.

The newly released debut of this outfit, “Tomorrow’s Dead Days” touts a hazy landscape of fatalistic woe, interpreted through a Melodeath sound with a heavily atmospheric tendency, almost as if early DARK TRANQUILLITY had been merged with the contemporary incarnation of FEAR FACTORY. There are occasional techno influences and periods of what sound like latent Groove Metal tendencies, but the general drive of the sound is sort of a slowed down version of the early Gothenburg sound. The vocals range from raspy to raunchy, occasionally making way for clean vocals, both male and female, but the context doesn’t lend itself to a typical beauty and the beast model as heard out of SIRENIA or TRISTANIA. This is a sound that is more bleak and apocalyptic than saddening and subjectively depressing, offering up imagery of darkened cities of rusted-out machinery under an ominous night sky.

Amid the generally plodding and stationary nature of this music is a collection of moderately long songs that could rope in a variety of Death/Doom and Melodeath fans, and is actually on a somewhat energetic level that differs greatly from the likes of OPETH. “The Last Lunation” does a particularly good job of presenting a down tempo answer to the middle era work of IN FLAMES. “Illumination Paradox” accents the electronic music tendencies of this band and merges them with an assortment of punishing chug riffs and aggravated shouts, almost like a Sci-Fi variant on the theme of a serial killer movie. But the zenith of this album comes in right at the close in “Stars Of Nhagrad," which takes the epic route and compresses all of the band’s atmospheric and extreme influences into one eight minute glory fest of darkness and despair, almost like the final scene of an interplanetary battle before the losing side’s planet is utterly wiped out.

The biggest problem that I’ve generally had with Dark Metal has been an overemphasis on atmosphere and not enough of a focus on an identifiable melodic content. ENTHROPE have essentially bridged the divide between what makes Gothenburg music so popular and generally tends to make Dark Metal more of an underground phenomenon. This is an album that could definitely do with some love, though it might be a little tame for those who go for the sicker material that runs parallel to this such as AXIS OF PERIDITION. This is the sort of album that would appeal to a more mainline extreme Metal audience that generally goes for middle-era DIMMU BORGIR and maybe also BAL-SAGOTH. But whichever side of the extreme Metal paradigm one tends towards, this is definitely worth looking into.

Rating: 8/10
Reviewed by Jonathan Smith, 9.8.2011
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