I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before but I’m very fickle when it comes to Black Metal. I appreciate most of all those Black Metal bands that break the mould, that push the envelope. Being cvlt just for the sake of it is not something I appreciate. With their debut album “The Enthronment Ov Diabolical Souls”, Cvinger don’t proffer a new take on the genre and it’s certainly not an album I will be listening to on a regular basis in future. And yet, discarding the album would be wrong.
For a start, “The Enthronment...” has excellent sound production qualities without forgoing much of the music’s inherent rawness. The vocals are particularly brutal and caustic but not entirely intelligible. Also decently executed are the guitar riffs of Bagot – if you keep your ears peeled you can hear him come up with some interesting snippets, such as the oriental-style melodies in ‘Anguish In Ossuary’. Some chanting and slower, gloomier passages spice up the album’s dynamics.
At the end of the day, I doubt this album will attract fans outside of Black Metal circles, but it does seem to be better digestible when taken in little bites rather than all at one go.
Not exactly gripping, but a good effort nonetheless.