|©1999 AvantGarde Music
1. Oceanus On The Dry Land
4. 'tis The Sound Of Tempest That Drowns Us Out
5. Ye Crystall Sphears
6. Igne Natura Renovatur Integra
8. De Siatris Od Teloch
9. Grey Skin
Hailing from a country where musicians are nearly as common as frigid winters, the Finnish Enochian Crescent cook up one of the most damnable and delectable albums this side of the millennium with Omega Telocvovim. Few albums can be defined as being simultaneously epic, melodic, technical, evil, and versatile, yet choose any one of Enochian's songs and it would comfortably fit these adjectives.
The opener "Oceanus on the Dry Land" begins by pulverizing most anything Norwegian black has to offer, while the rest of Omega Telocvovim maintains this towering standard of captivating melodic death/black metal. Fast-forward to track seven (no, not on your CD player) whose bizarre march-like rhythms provide a gratifying and unexpected corollary to the usual melo-black. "De Siatris Od Teloch" is faster, heavier, and more brutal than the rest, while "Grey Skin" is a climactic, moving, and worthy closer to Enochian Crescent's second album. "'Tis the Sound of Tempest That Drowns Us Out" is an epic number of mythical, Ulverian proportions, with a chanted vocal line that resembles that of Garm or his predecessors, the monks of St. Gregory. Hmm, a strange irony is at play here. The monkish chants reappear elsewhere on Omega Telocvovim, but screeched vocals preponderate. Sorry folks, but Avantgarde Music weren't kind enough to provide me with a lyric sheet, so I can't tell you what they're saying. The production, as we've come to expect, is top-notch and really pushes Omega Telocvovim forward. Crisp guitar rhythms and drumming bring to mind death metal, not black metal, making the album rather difficult to pigeonhole, but one thing is certain: Enochian Crescent kick serious ass. Recommended for fans of bands as diverse as Amon Amarth, Emperor, and In Flames.
Review by Jeffrey Shyu
Review date: 12/1999