Enthroned - Obsidium (Agonia Records)

Enthroned prove that Belgian black metal does exist.

Late last year there was an exodus of heavy hitting bands that left Swedish label Regain Records, including Marduk, Ragnarok, Dark Funeral and of course, black metallers Enthroned.  While bands like Marduk were quick to be snapped up by the likes of Century Media, Enthroned decided to settle for a cult Polish label, Agonia Records, who themselves have been landing a few larger names of late, including Aborym, Root, Ephel Duath and Opera IX, to name but a few. 

And as for the latest release from this Belgian troupe? Well, lets just say that there are far more important things we could think of doing with our day.  In fact, we really have to shake our heads in doubt when publications like Legacy - a popular German heavy metal magazine - end up ranking 'Obsidium' number four in their monthly Soundcheck, beating out the likes of Cannibal Corpse, Overkill, Swallow The Sun and Aura Noir. Seriously guys?

Sure, Obsidium is a good quality album.  And it has a great production.  But musically? Its so generic it could probably strip paint.  For a band that's been knocking around for almsot twenty years we would expect a whole lot more.  Yes, the band may be well respected, but that's certainly no excuse for mediocrity.  It probably does not help that the band have had numerous line up changes - or  keep changing labels every five minutes.  Perhaps the Germans might be hearing something that we're not, but either way, if its quality you want, there are plenty more black metal releases we could think of, worthy of your purchase. Black metal diehards might appreciate this more, but personally, i'll wait patiently for the next Saytricon release.