Esoteric
Metamorphogenesis


5.0
classic

Review

by GodL1ke USER (8 Reviews)
May 30th, 2011 | 28 replies | 9,502 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A truly esoteric listening experience and one of the finest music out there.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

There are two kinds of listening experiences that bands can provide. The first is the kind of bands that provide an enjoyable experience which most rock and metal bands do. The songs are predictable and similarly structured and therefore are limited to how much they can make an impact on the listener. The second listening experience is of emotional intensity. Bands like Neurosis and Minsk achieve this by creating their music simply by pouring out their emotions. Their song is not just tunes and riffs, but a piece of emotion in itself. And Esoteric (in a different way though) have their songs achieving similar effects.

When you listen to Esoteric you never know what’s coming. A subtle indication might tell you the speakers are just about to blast but it quickly fades away. They keep playing with their music just long enough to provide you with a small break between those moments of intensity. The extremely long build-up in the first track Dissident proves how skillful these guys are as musicians. Every second of the song is carefully planned and all together it synergizes and plays into a mammoth of emotion you could never have expected. You can just tell how much effort they put into this because within every intricacy you can feel the simplicity.

In addition to the brilliant songwriting, the growls of vocalist/guitarist Greg Chandler are just amazing. He is very articulate and his high pitched shrieks are the most menacing I’ve ever heard. They have the power to send a chill right down your spine every time you hear one unexpectedly. In their slow-paced doomy music, Greg Chandler proceeds very slowly with the lyrics as well, building it u to its climax just alongside the music so beautifully that it’s simply breathtaking.

The reason why doom metal and sludge metal usually ends up making more of an impact than other kinds of music is because it gives our mind enough time to do most of the work. Images slowly conjure in our mind as the music draws us from our plane of existence closer to its own. Since Esoteric only released double albums before this, it was generally harder to absorb the music as a whole and stay into it. But on Metamorphogenesis, the album-length is just optimum to feel all the elements in their sound, let it plant the darkest seeds in your mind and to create an atmosphere for yourselves. Music doesn’t only work on the level of listening and Esoteric proves it on this record.



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GodL1ke
May 30th 2011



804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

changed rating to a 5..couldn't resist

LoneWanderer
May 30th 2011



180 Comments


Nice...Is this a EP?

I'm listening to The Pernicious Enigma...sounds great..Didn't like their debut though...

GodL1ke
May 30th 2011



804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nope, it's a full-length release..clocks in at about 44 minutes.

MO
May 30th 2011



18517 Comments


This album is so good. The waves of electric guitar in the background make it sound so haunting. Nice review.

GodL1ke
May 30th 2011



804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks ! i know..they didn't tread one wrong path in this album..it is so overwhelmingly dark.

MO
May 30th 2011



18517 Comments


Totally, you just kicked off a day of Esoteric for me at work.

Psychopathologist
May 30th 2011



1924 Comments


awesome album, awesome band



DoubtGin
July 6th 2011



6749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

so good

GodL1ke
July 7th 2011



804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, i wish more people heard stuff like this

acorncheese
July 7th 2011



7119 Comments


band name is so dumb

GodL1ke
July 7th 2011



804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

completely disagreed. on the contrary, it seems to fit their style of music very well.

Homeslice
September 15th 2011



177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I would have to say that Chandler has the ability that few vocalists have, and that is he uses his voice as an instrument. In almost all of their albums his vocals are indecipherable, though he has an uncanny ability to convey the emotion of the words he says without having to be understood.

GodL1ke
September 15th 2011



804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, true, though i personally preferred his vocal deliveries on The Pernicious Enigma where every word just sorta drills itself into your head.

here onwards its just growling eventually

Homeslice
September 15th 2011



177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have to agree, there were points in the Pernicious Enigma where even reading the lyrics there was no way you could follow the vocals at all! I remember Sinistrous being one of those songs, just pure evil though the next song had decipherable growls

seedofnothing
November 3rd 2011



3425 Comments


literally blown away by this, will have to listen to many times to absorb, i love when that happens!!!!!!!!

GodL1ke
November 3rd 2011



804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

precisely my first reaction to this. its a mini-album by esoteric standards though :p

seedofnothing
November 3rd 2011



3425 Comments


mini-album?

GodL1ke
November 3rd 2011



804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

as in most of their other releases are double albums, so this is like a much smaller dose of their ..insanity

seedofnothing
November 3rd 2011



3425 Comments


oic gottcha, will def be checking full discog out

seedofnothing
November 4th 2011



3425 Comments


albums so good, can't stop listening to it

atmosphere galore, so much goin on here

review owns btw pos



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