Enshine
Singularity


4.5
superb

Review

by Zachary Dixon USER (44 Reviews)
January 10th, 2017 | 11 replies


Release Date: 10/18/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A cosmic swell from whence a star of musicianship is born.

This album is spacious, quite literally. From the absolutely pristine, gorgeous album cover to the crystal clear yet vaguely mysterious production to the slow moving, well-orchestrated guitar parts, to the occasional snarls that seem to only increase the albums vibrant yet meditative trance. Their should be a sheer opposition of sounds here, and yet for whatever reason, not only do they integrate well, but they coexist as the same sound. The vocals are harsh and abrasive, the riffs are sweet and symphonic, and create a musical soundscape as vast the ever expanding cosmos themselves. Yet, for whatever reason, they don't have a stark contrast for the sake of having a mix of musical styles. In fact, clean vocals would feel almost positioned poorly here (however, the vocals off "In Our Mind" are quite mesmerizing). The reason being that everything was built towards an explosive, alluring, calming atmosphere. Space is explosive, alluring, and calming at the same time. Think supernovas-utterly destructive, massive forces that would obliterate all anything nearby, and yet from afar they are awe-inspiring swells of crimson. They invoke a sense of inspiration, yet if one knows how they are formed, they will always be reminded of just how powerful they are.

This album embodies space. It embodies the destructive force of a supernova and the beauty contained within its destruction. It embodies the vast empty universe, which is so rife with the unknown which still only occupies such a minuscule amount of its space. From the same place where chaos is born, serenity is as well, and yet it all still feels perfectly in place. It's a mystery how such a balance is maintained, and how Enshined have managed to capture it all sonically. Synthesizers fade into the atmosphere, always creating a vaguely hypnotic atmopshere to compliment equally mesmerizing guitar riffs. With all of this in mind, while the greatest enjoyment does come in truly saturating the beauty of the music, their is a certain amount of simple enjoyment to be had as well, simply because the riffs are damn as hell catchy, especially of tracks like "Resurgence" and "Dual Existence", both of which have the most badass riffs off the album. I still implore the listener to absorb the album however, because while you can find simple enjoyment in a masterpiece, you will always find the most satisfaction in indulging in its intricacies.



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kingdedethefifth
January 10th 2017


587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I understand this review is rather short, but I like being concise. This album is difficult to dissect piece by piece in my opinion simply because the album mends as a whole.

bloc
January 10th 2017


39639 Comments


Origin rules and I remember liking this album too. Haven't heard it since it came out though.

Digging: Madonna - Ray of Light

kingdedethefifth
January 10th 2017


587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah it's honestly amazing. On my first listen I found it intriguing and soothing but its slowly growing on me even more. Also I definetly will listen to origin soon.

bloc
January 10th 2017


39639 Comments


Mhmm, do give it a listen. There's a track on it called Cinders and it's easily one of the best songs I heard during that year.

DungeonBoy
January 10th 2017


2352 Comments


I liked Origin and should probably give this a listen. At one point in time I really enjoyed these types of bands:

Atoma
Fractal Gates
Enshine
Slumber
Exgenesis
etc.

I feel like they all share the same members..



Digging: Sonne Hagal - Ockerwasser

kingdedethefifth
January 10th 2017


587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Never listened to any of them yet but I've heard good things about fractal gates and slumber

LifeFeedsOnLife
January 10th 2017


427 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love these guys. I guess the cleans are rare enough that they never really bothered me as much.

Digging: Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - Grand Opening and Closing

DungeonBoy
January 10th 2017


2352 Comments


Slumber were arguably the pioneers of this sound. Fallout would probably be considered an essential listen, but tbh I'm not sure how well it holds up these days.

kingdedethefifth
January 10th 2017


587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah this type of melodeath is especially good if you don't dig cleans often.

teamster
January 12th 2017


1154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The vocalist is the same guy from Fractal Gates. And the other bands you listed are the mastermind of Jari Lindholm - one of my favorite musicians on the planet. As for this album, it is not as good as Origin but good nonetheless. Excellent review and thanks.

kingdedethefifth
January 12th 2017


587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Actually I preferred this to origin although they're very close



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