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UK progressive rockers Enochian Theory create slick, moody soundscapes, drawing inspiration from such innovative groups as Porcupine Tree, Pink Floyd and Tool. However, their influences are rooted in more than one type of sound or experience.
Through its own determination and creative control, Enochian Theory formed a record label and self-produced and released their first two EPs. On “Evolution: Creatio Ex Nihilio,” they used the services of David Castillo, who co-produced Katatonia's "The Great Cold Distance" as well as mixing Opeth's masterpiece, "Watershed."
Vocalist Ben Harris-Hayes showcases his sharp, sometimes-extreme, metal growl with his crisp guitar sound. Bassist Shaun Rayment and drummer Sam Street competently fill the necessary requirements that complete the band.
The trio weave magical and epic pieces, notably displayed on song "Apathia," which mixes an Eastern influence with what the band calls The Lost Orchestra, made up of pianos, synthesizers, extra sounds and orchestral performances.
"The Fire Around The Lotus," one of the best tracks on the CD, displays a distinctive and hypnotic Tool flavor.
"Waves of Ascension," reminiscent of another Maynard James Keenan band, A Perfect Circle, hypnotizes the listener with an emotional and uplifting consciousness.
"Triumvirate," an instrumental intro, shows a classic Pink Floyd quality that sets the tone for the next song, "Movement," with The Lost Orchestra making an appearance again, winding up with the outro "After The Movement."
Another instrumental intro, "The Living Continuum," leads into CD closer "A Monument To The Death Of An Idea," which is actually the title of their 2006 EP. Here, more Tool references abound, leading to a climax of great proportions.
Some of the instrumental intros seem to be a little longer than they need to be, but the overall atmosphere adds to the ambiance of the CD as a whole.
Overall, this is a good listen that will appeal to open-minded metal music fans who don't mind going on a journey of a progressive sounding nature.
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- Kelley Simms (August, 10th 2009)
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