Aevangelist has released quite a few full albums and EP’s since their formation in 2010, and judging by the album titles and song titles, a common theme seems to be that of a hellish, extra-dimensional nightmare. Enthrall to the Void of Bliss, the band’s fourth full-length in five years, has some sinister artwork on the cover. The first track “Arcanae Manifestia” (9:30), immediately grabbed my attention with an uncomfortable atmosphere and disjointed instrumentation. Could this be the real soundtrack to Event Horizon? Enthrall to the Void of Bliss is a relentless barrage of dissonant layers and textures. Also, it is nice to hear some pretty wild song structures.
In the depths of this swirling vortex of an album, I am noticing that the atonal guitar leads and keyboards/bells are doing most of the work when it comes to atmosphere. The death metal guitars and drums are fairly predictable and are usually repeating some mediocre riff. Aevangelist seem like they want to achieve a layered and textured atmosphere similar to that of Blut Aus Nord. I will say that about once or twice a song, out of nowhere, they achieve this feeling perfectly. But it feels like Aevangelist have to use layer upon layer to create their twisted sound, while Blut Aus Nord uses off beat drum structures and atypical guitar riffs to create a foundation of chaos that permeates throughout the songs. Aevangelist create their form of chaos, and it is chaos, with the final coat of paint, not the foundation. This is not a terrible thing, but perhaps not as rewarding as a Blut Aus Nord or Ulcerate album.
(7 Tracks, 56:23)