Metal Review – Energumen: Void Spiritualism

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Energumen: Void Spiritualism
Black Metal, Death Metal, Grindcore
Self-release, Blood Harvest (2014)
September 22nd, 2014
Release length: 13:14
Geneva, Switzerland plays home to the most recently formed band to take on the Energumen name. This two piece that formed in 2010 is the one we are looking at today, and not their Norse counterpart that existed between 1991 to 1992. But this new entity is shrowded in a good amount of mystery. The line-up consists of drummer M.RMSR and J.FHRR on all other active duties. Other than that, not much is really known. After give or take four years of existing as a single entity, their first ever one-sided cassette demo Void Spiritualism came and went through their official Bandcamp, which now lies barren and dormant. But is this even worth a passing glance, or is it one of the more violent expressions of the Grindcore and Death Metal movement?

Like many of the underground Black and Death Metal genre, this release sounds pretty raw. The bass guitar pulses through at a decent level while the guitars have more of a Grindcore sound to them that greatly plays up that blast beat driven angle of their sound. “Self Abortion Ritual” sounds hollow with heavily echoed growls still allow the screaming to slip through, making the studio influence a little more obvious. Really, it’s the complexity of the guitar and timing in the drum patterns that stands out the most in a song that isn’t all that impressive in the first place. The same goes for “Invisible Spears of Abomination,” though when it manages to slow down, like approaching the two minute mark, you can really feel burdened with how deep the music becomes. “Ekliptik Manifestation of Dominance” manages to expand on this a bit further after the typical faster start. About half way through the performance jumps between high speed technicality and slower grooves, droning on like this for the remainder. As you near the end there is some soft dialogue in the background and additional effects that make it feel a bit like some kind of drugged out experience. Sadly, this is the only truly unique moment of the demo.


Since it’s original release in April of 2014, the duo’s Bandcamp page lays barren and dormant. It seems that obtaining this release was no longer possible unless paying an exorbitant amount of money to anyone fortunate enough to already have a copy. Thankfully Blood Harvest Records has picked up this recording for those interested in hearing what they missed out on and, overall, it’s the same package, just available in different formats. You can get your choice of regular or limited edition vinyl (though there’s no real description on what makes it worth twenty SEK more) from a small run of pressings, as well as a digital download.


If you care to hear what Energumen bring to the table, you now have the second, albeit limited, chance at hearing it again or own it. And, really, it is worth checking out for more than just the collectable factor if you have a spare couple of bucks (or SEKs). The technicality is spot on, as are some of the Black Metal traits between the Death Metal gooves and Grindcore blasting. But, sadly, much of the release follows the same patterns from one song to the next, growing stale quickly outside the addictive droning conclusion of “Ekliptik Manifestation of Dominance”. If you weren’t one of the select few who were lucky enough to experience it and are hell bent on checking it out, now is your best chance to hear these okay demo, but only if you act fast.

01. Self Abotion Ritual – 3:55
02. Invisible Spears of Abomination – 3:12
03. Ekliptik Manifestation of Dominance – 6:06
Initial Pressing Score: 5.5/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Blood Harvest Records.