Entheos (USA)
Primal


4.0
excellent

Review

by cvlts USER (88 Reviews)
March 15th, 2015 | 13 replies


Release Date: 03/15/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Terrorstorm!

Entheos - Primal EP

Featuring three members of past-Animosity fame, Entheos is a four piece deathcore act releasing their first EP, Primal. The band plays a style of metal heavily reminiscent of Animosity’s final album and it’s none more apparent on opening track ‘Specific Meaning in a Group of Dots’, with guitarist Frank Costa immediately breaking out the riffage and chugging that was featured heavily on Animal, bassist Evan Brewer and drummer Navene Koperweis following along at a breakneck pace. Vocalist Chaney Crabb’s signature vocal style adopts a low-end howl throughout most of the EP that attacks just as frantically as the rest of the group. Entheos is at their best when keeping the tempo at a near frenetic level, Kosta’s start/stop style of riffs following along perfectly with Koperweis’ technical approach to the drum kit. Brewer seems obsessed with making his life more complicated than it has to be; some of the licks that he plays along to with Kosta can be almost mind boggling quick, with none more apparent than on track ‘Primal’. The production of the EP puts nearly member on an equal level, Brewer’s bass can be heard nearly equally with Kosta’s guitar work, but this can also serve to drown Crabb’s vocals in the mix. Many times throughout the runtime of the EP Crabb seems somewhat of an afterthought and it’s anyone’s guess what her lyrics possibly might be: it’s incredibly tough to get a gauge just how well she is as a vocalist. Though, as with any deathcore vocalist, she possesses a wide range of vocal styles that go from guttural lows to screeching highs, 'Chemical Flashbacks' being the best example of her vocal range.

If Entheos’ strengths as a group shine when they’re at their most technical, the EP’s faults are at their most apparently when the band tries to slow the pace down at all. More so on ‘Chemical Flashbacks’ and ‘Form and Void’, the usage of synths and drum machines can sound somewhat out of place and awkward. But don’t let these problems turn you off to the group at all as they are only minor and don’t take away from the overall experience of the short run time. Entheos deliver a level of musicianship, brutality, and technicality that’s sorely lacking in this particular genre. Old fans of Animosity will be pleasantly surprised at this four-track EP and new listeners will be craving more by the time it ends.



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cvlts
March 15th 2015


9424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Note: this is my first review in a long time so it probably sucks. also, some have pointed out Crabb's vocals as a major problem on the EP, but ultimately I disagree.



edit: listen to the whole EP here http://entheosofficial.bandcamp.com/releases

cryptside
March 15th 2015


2397 Comments


Dude, a Dante review! Pos'd, and this sounds like something I'd really enjoy. Will check, and nice work on the review.

cryptside
March 15th 2015


2397 Comments


"Old fans of Animosity will be pleasantly surprised at this four-track EP and leaves the listener craving more."

This doesn't read correctly to me, maybe something like this:
"Old fans of Animosity will be pleasantly surprised at this four-track EP, which leaves the listener craving more."

Or something like that, just a suggestion!

cvlts
March 15th 2015


9424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, i re-worded that one a little bit more. i bite off more than i can chew sometimes.

cryptside
March 15th 2015


2397 Comments


Nice man, reads better that way. That's my biggest issue in reviews, I tend to be way too wordy sometimes.

deyp
March 16th 2015


106 Comments


Nice review. Just heard Chemical Flashbacks now. I think you're right on with the synths/vocals but yeah, this is good.

LordePots
March 16th 2015


38089 Comments


will check

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cvlts
March 16th 2015


9424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

let me know what you think!

Himself
March 16th 2015


1 Comments


Cool review, dude.

ianjulian
April 12th 2015


642 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

reminiscent of Animosity’s

PortalofPerfection
May 24th 2015


1991 Comments


Not sure about all the bouncy electronic elements but overall this is tight af

owen
December 4th 2015


4935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

animosity 2.0?

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BeyondCosby
February 10th 2016


1762 Comments


Evan Brewster is such a beast.



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