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Endtime Divine

Setherial - Endtime Divine ©2003 Regain Records
1. Crimson Manifestation
2. The Underworld
3. Subterranean
4. ...Of Suicide
5. Entity Of Night
6. The Night Of All Nights
7. Endtime Divine
8. Transformation
9. Storms

Hailing from somewhere Scandanavian and providing only the mightiest of "hails" that only the most ardent black metal bands can summon, Setherial has been bopping around for nearly a decade. For whatever it's worth, their brand of black metal is of the raging, relentless type that is sure to pulverize all the weak Christian types who do crazy things like buy minivans and ferry their spawn to soccer games. Pull up next to a minivan full of brats and blast Setherial to watch their cute little faces melt into primordial goo. That's precisely what Setherial is for. If you're looking for musical fulfillment, they may come up a little short.

In a nutshell, Setherial plays a brand of black metal fairly akin to Dark Funeral and Marduk's realm of "play fast all the time". The production gives Setherial a mighty wall of sound, but about as much variety as Kevin Costner's acting ability. The problem with this sort of black metal is that the whirling dervish of five men all trying to be brutal and vicious creates a numbing blur that causes everyone to clash a bit. And when your songwriting abilities generally fall into the "all frenzy, all the time", the entire length of the album is one big grimace of energetic blasting. Granted, Setherial has some good moments, such as "The Underworld" (which is followed up by "Subterranean", proving this band is into themes...they also do this on back to back songs "Entity of Night" and "The Night of All Nights"). But for the most part Endtime Divine becomes a monotonous distraction after three or four songs.

Setherial will certainly appeal to the types of fans who think extreme metal should take no prisoners and never slow down to the pace of, say, Exodus. While Endtime Divine is listenable and has its moments, it's just not a compelling enough album to ever be pulled off the shelf for pleasure listening.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 08/2003

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