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Endezzma: Erotik Nekrosis
Black Metal
Agonia Records
November 27th, 2012
Release length: 39:52
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Norway has played home to plenty of impressive Black Metal groups over the years, and hopes to do so once more. Back in 1993, vocalist Sorgar had formed the group Dim Nagel, but after their 1994 Satanic Overdose demo, the band split up for a while. In late 2005, Sorgar decided to bring this group back to life, but under the nzame Endezzma. In 2007, they issued their first EP through Agonia Records, titled Alone. This was met with decent praise and dismissal from fans and the press alike. However, it took them another good five years working on their debut full-length album, Erotik Nekrosis. But, has that time made way for some fantastic new Black Metal compositions, or is it just another effort for people to shrug off?

Erotik Nekrosis has a pretty crisp audio style to it that accentuates more of a focus on the guitars than anything. They have a sharper buzzing to them that adds in a little extra noise to the mix that really takes center stage, while the bass guitar has a decent lower tone to them that isn’t too loud, but still manages to fill the music well enough and help with the darker atmosphere of the recording. The vocals are your standard rhaspy approach that isn’t anything too fantastic, but suits the somewhat melodic Black Metal approach nicely, and is buried a bit behind the guitars anyhow. Unfortunately, it the clean vocals at the end of “Hollow” are not. The drums stand out more during some of the slower passages. The cymbals are crisp and even a bit higher in pitch than normal, the snares have a tighter snap to them, and the bass kicks have a nice mixture of a thud and click, the latter of the two, again, is easier to pick up on in the slower, more open areas.

While just under forty minutes, Erotik Nekrosis is only composed of seven tracks, many of them pushing past the six minute mark. “Junkyard Oblivion” kicks the album off on a more aggressive tone. There is a mix of blasting drum work, as well as catchy patterns with machinegun-like bass kicks. The snares and cymbals clash a bit in volume, which might give you a bit of a headache. If you can ignore that fact, this is a superb and energetic song that is hard to resist bobbing your head along to, especially when things pick up a little melody in some spots. Next is “Enigma of the Sullen,” which has a nice bass oriented introduction, standing the most in many of the bridges and other passages that establish the rhythm of the track. There also are some cleaner, orchestral geared keyboards that works wonders in the chorus to give it a bit of a grand appearance before switching to a haunting presence. The vocals throughout are a bit rough, but at least still manage for the tempo the band is using, and often carries a decent enraged approach to them. “Swansong of a Giant” is another well orchestrated track with varied atmospheres. One minute rich and dismal, the next with simpler music and drumming that gives it a traditional vibe with a bit of a razor-sharp aggression in the guitars. There are a number of heavier passages that take up the latter, but offer some additional keyboards, and a stronger, thunderous presence in the bass kicks that it becomes a lot richer, and the most impressive of them all. Thre’s also some really enthusiastic vocals that can’t be ignore, fitting the varied attitudes quite well.

But, of all the songs, “Hollow” is one of the least engaging. It’s a slower paced offering that takes on a bit of a gothic tone to the performance. The music isn’t anything that grand, or even all that catchy to be honest, but nothing here is really filler either. The heavier sections work out for the best, establishing a dismal atmosphere to the song and a bit of an emotional push in the vocals that shows a depressive touch. However, as you come to the end, it does start to slow down to more open material, allowing the drums to really stand out, but the music essentially stops at the very end, giving way to some clean singing. Sadly, it’s horrible, and even just sounds whiny and uncomfortable despite the deeper tone and the off-key performance itself, all of which will have you watching the seconds tick by. This actually is a pretty stark contrast when compared to the singing on “Enigma of the Sullen,” which are a lot stronger, perhaps thanks to the echo effect utilized that masks the problems they have.

Endezzma is a welcome reanimation of a band that never really got the chance to grow and take off. If you happened to miss ouf on their 2007 EP, well, now’s the perfect chance to see what Sorgar intended to do with Dim Nagel so long ago. While not everything about this album works in the favor of the band, or even the listener, largely due to some lighter music that loses some of it’s appeal in the seven plus minute songs, there’s still plenty of great material here in the vein of Norwegian Black Metal, and enough to warrant return trips to. If you’re a sucker for this brand of Metal, then Erotik Nekrosis by Endezzma is definitely something well worth checking out.

01. Junkyard Oblivion – 7:05
02. Enigma of the Sullen – 8:08
03. Against them All – 3:59
04. Swansong of a Giant – 6:34
05. Hollow – 4:11
06. Krossing Rubuikon – 6:32
07. Soulcleansing – 3:23
Initial Pressing Score: 8/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Agonia Records.