Enoch will really shock fans with their release of 'Tenebra.' Originally a balck metal band, they've changed their style considerably to a more grating death doom with classical influences. And it is beautiful indeed. The album begins with the ambient instrumental that is lush with classical influences such as violin and cello before launching into the doom drenched chords of "Pray." The music is a bit faster than most doom metal, hence some traces of black metal with the blastbeats, but the keyboard laced in the background is clear sa day with the deep, grunting vocals full on steam with the usual crushing melodies mixed with clear production. "SIlence Embraced" makes more use of the synth as a background ambience instrument and the solos are pretty decent, except at one point one feels a bit like it went out of tune.
"The Poem Of Emptiness" has more classical influence and a softer, somber note than some of the other tracks... at least at first. The entire pedal use of the drums along with the variation of rapid chugging to more slow, methodical riffs echoes a bit of Paradise Lost influences from their 'Gothic' days. If one is seeking solo impressions, "Lucifer's Call" has the finest yet, especially when the interconnect with the vocals. "Blinded Slave" adds that piano feeling again in the beginning, but it sadly disappears quickly with the guitar intrusion, but again, the Paradise Lost influence is surely appreciated and the solos are a bit more melodic and even upbeat rather than long and depressing to match the rest of the music. "Requiem" is an excellent gothic doom track as the keyboards keep up throughout the entire track, almost overshadowing everything, but giving fans the most 'gothic' influenced track the band has yet to offer so far. The mix of classical with death n' doom really shows their strengths, especially when it comes to "Death Serenade." Finally the title track trades the keyboard and classical influences for just straight up melodic death doom with some charming, but also depressing acoustic guitar melodies.
This is an entirely great change for the band, and hopefully a direction they will stay in. While some fans may be upset they left black metal altogether, some of the heavier tracks have some traces of their blast beating ways. Overall this is a change for the better and a promise of a new era of gothic death doom. Fans of bands from Paradise Lost to Tales Of Dark will probably find this grealy enjoyable.