Portugese black metallers Enlighten are a band building a reputation for ‘black death metal chaos’, through last year’s ‘Phösphorvs Paramovnt’ but their newest EP, ‘Illvmantithesis’ gives them a much more eerie and unsettling feel than the fury of the previous release. The EP is limited to 250, and is out in June on Signal Rex.
Opener ‘Pallor’ opens with uneasy guitar melodies and a harsh, atonal tone. Building upon the foundations set by Blut Aus Nord and Deathspell Omega, Enlighten’s black metal is obtuse, harsh and very dark. ‘Shroud’ is similar, with the distorted calm and haunting melody building into a righteous fury. Exploring the band’s more esoteric and expansive song writing abilities is what makes this release so essential.
I like black metal that explores the limits of tone and sound the way Enlighten do. They truly create that feeling of unease that is prevalent in all great, dark music. ‘Illvmantithesis’ is a short but satisfying release that will required multiple playthroughs to grasp the dark concepts behind the blackness.