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It was September 2004 that this band first began its assault on the music industry. The four individuals that make up this fine band that is Enochian Theory got together and started writing material, tracks that would be included on the bands first EP 'Our Lengthening Shadows'. With an EP behind them the band was then able to be taken seriously as a unit and began to secure shows for themselves up and down the UK. Enochian Theory began working on début album 'A Monument To The Death Of An Idea' in June 2006, completed it in August 2006 and it was then that the album was released independently. In April 2007 the album was given an official release through Anomalousz Music and from then on the band has continued to go from strength to strength.
'A Countermeasure In Hindsight' kicks this album off, a nine minute epic as Enochian Theory here unveil their sound and the music unfolds. A mere five tracks make up this album and yet the albums runs for over half an hour. The tracks are long, Enochian Theory cruise through them with great accuracy and precision however and all four members of the band prove themselves to be excellent in their field. The vocals are excellent, the guitars superb, and the drum beats provide a brilliant backbone for the band. The music is a mix of Prog Rock and Metal, it's an interesting sound that is produced here and definitely one that I would recommend.
With some Prog Rock bands you listen to the music and are constantly waiting for it all to kick into action. The end of an album can sometimes be reached and you're left feeling as though nothing has really happened, this certainly isn't the case here though and Enochian Theory provide plenty of excellent music to keep you entertained throughout the albums run time. It's great music to relax to, for the most part the sound that is produced here is reassuringly soothing; every element of the music is strong and yet you can easily unwind as you let the music pour through every inch of your soul. In contrast to this however there are times when the music is quite heavy in its approach, at the end of 'For Those With Conscience' for example it all explodes as the band enters the final minute of the track and decide here to thrash out a bit of heavy metal. The vocals are rough, the guitar riffs are huge and every element of the music is here extremely heavy. The album offers a great deal of variation in sound, never do you quite know where the band will go next and it is this element of the music that makes it all so brilliant to listen to. The sound is constantly changing throughout this album, the music is always out to shock and surprise you and it is this that I love most about Enochian Theory.
'Namyamka' is the track given the task of bringing this album to its close. It's an excellent one to end it all with I feel, a truly exquisite piece of music which finishes the album on a definite high for the band. The track was actually released in August 2007 as a single, you can definitely understand why the band would choose this one from the five that are present on this release. For a start it's the shortest track here at just over 5 minutes and I would also say that it's perhaps the most approachable of all that are included on this album. The album has so much going on, a vast array of music that really makes you think for long after the music has met its end. As this track ends and silence ensues due to the albums finish, you really feel a great sense of satisfaction and appreciation for the brilliant music that you have for the last half an hour been listening to. Although the tracks could all easily stand alone as superb examples of music, the album as a whole really is superb and in order for the music to be fully appreciated I really feel that you need to listen to this album from start to finish without any breaks or pauses.
Five tracks will not be everyone's idea of an album, there will be plenty out there that would prefer this half hour of music be spread over double or even triple the number of tracks that are here present but there is just no denying the quality of this release. Enochian Theory is a greatly talented band, the music is full of depth and never does this album disappoint. The sound that is produced here I feel is supremely successful, the music holds you deep in thought as the album unfolds and the talent of the bands four members shines through strongly. Enochian Theory is an extremely tight unit of musicians, you can really feel the great group unity that this band possesses. You really get the distinct impression when listening to this album that as well as being in a band together, the groups four members also hold an extremely close bond in the form of friendship. This album is made all the more excellent I feel due to the bands ability to play together as one individual unit rather than as four separate components; all elements of the music fit together perfectly and the sound that is executed here is extremely well rounded and thoroughly enjoyable to listen to.
Label: Anomalousz Music
Release Date: 30th April 2007
Originally posted by me on my website Alt-UK.com
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Countermeasure In Hindsight
2 For Those With Conscience
3 Traversing The Edge Of Dawn
4 Our Lengthening Shadows