In Vain ├ćnigma
4.0 Release Date: 2013
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4.3 superbAndrew Gold CONTRIBUTOR | March 7th 13

In Vain return with a worthy follow up to Mantra, increasing their melodic side and replacing the dense atmosphere of its predecessor with a cleaner counterpart fit with orchestral synths and saxophone solos. The instrumentation is as strong as ever, as is the songwriting, but the clean production does detract from the atmosphere a bit. I'd say this easily surpasses Mantra, and apart from the awkward spoken word segment in 'Culmination of the Enigma,' didn't disappoint in the slightest.

'Floating on the Murmuring Tide' is one of the best tracks of 2013 thus far.


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0.0 Aziz STAFF | March 6th 13

is this the new tool album

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4.5 superbThat Black Guy | September 5th 13

Who would have known that a metal band could throw in a saxophone into their music and it would work. Definitely a contender for AOTY. Any fan of Opeth, Enslaved, or progressive bm/dm should listen to this.

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4.5 superbNiels | March 6th 13

I'm on the second listen and I'm very impressed. Hope it lasts.

edit: it does


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4.5 superbManintheBox | December 31st 13

In Vain's epic as fuck album Aenigma was one that I almost missed this year, thank God I finally broke down and listened to it. If I hadn't I would have missed out on one of the finest progressive death metal albums released this year. It contains the perfect balance of catchy unique clean vocal patterns and brutal death metal snarls. This contrast makes the dynamics on this album amazing as well, especially when you consider In Vain's tendency to use symphonic and even jazz elements in their songs. Just look at the saxophone used on the closing track Floating on the Murmuring Tide. To say the least this is a breathtaking album that I'd hate for any metalhead to miss out on. Best Songs: Image of Time, Rise Against, and Floating on the Murmuring Tide.

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3.0 goodLambda | December 22nd 13

AEnigma isn't unenjoyable, and indeed has some very good tracks ("Image of Time," "Hymne Til Havet," "Floating on the Murmuring Tide" - the latter one of my favourite songs of the year). Unfortunately, some of the time it's simply okay, or passable. This renders sections of the disc a little boring. The band doesn't have a terribly original sound, though they have a knack for cool flourishes (the saxophone on the aforementioned "Floating on the Murmuring Tide") and are clearly skilled instrumentalists. Ultimately, AEnigma doesn't totally satisfy, but it's enjoyable enough to warrant a listen. 3.4

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4.5 superbSavannah the Ghost | December 20th 13

Album of the year. Mixing brutality, impeccable but tasteful production, clean and harsh dual vocals, and intellectually stimulating lyrics, Aenigma neither forces anything or treads lightly on its listeners. Though it is emotionally titillating, it never becomes sensational, a balance that has yet to found in the modern metal world. From front to back, the album never slows and has plenty of surprises and spurts of incredible originality throughout. (btw, this is what Extol should have been *wink*.) Also, probably one of the few metal albums with saxophone that just appears but no one feels the need to question it.

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4.0 excellentbroe, where da skellingtons at? | March 13th 13

Hymne til Havet made me cry manly, manly tears of joy.

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4.0 excellentgeasoftime | March 11th 13

I predict seeing this on many a year-end list. their strongest work by far.

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0.0 Scott Krasman | March 11th 13

Ănigma rm/

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0.0 RevenantBlue | March 11th 13

I thought the album title was "Aenima" for a second and I was about to start flipping tables

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0.0 Toretto | March 10th 13

Regarding the production, sometimes I get the impression that people think Mantra is their first album. Well, The Latter Rain had this polished production also, and it's still their best album, but this Aenima is superb.

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4.0 excellentTheFantasticDangler | March 6th 13

Better than Mantra, but the clean production kind of takes away from their character. After
several more listens its apparent In Vain focuses on progressive song structures, ambiance
and melody. It follows in the direction of Mantra, where sporadic song writing, standout
riffs, and general experimentation are diluted. Unlike the two previous releases, Aenigma is
much more fluid and consistent. The lack of experimentation, and the overly pristine
production prevent it from surpassing The Latter Rain.

Hey Toretto, production was a WHOLE lot different on the last two albums, especially The
Latter Rain.

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