Dark Future
(Spinefarm Records)

Entheos’ 2016 debut record, The Infinite Nothing, made for a promising release in the world of technical death metal. Dark Future is an immense step in a positive direction for the band, for while the technical elements of their work have grown, the material is rooted in an enjoyable and catchy atmosphere. While it maintains the entertaining aspect of explosive melodies and colorful auras, the song writing displays and incredible use of structure and style, making for a much more mature sound in the band’s musicianship.

Opening on “Black Static (I)”, ominous guitar notes trickle in like stars flashing in the night sky. The vocals burst in with the drumming, the composition flowing with a dark energy. The instrumental aspect of the song keeps this progression for the majority of the work, just before throwing in a mix of alternating tones towards the end. Lifting from the ominous tones, the mood shifts into this funky rhythm that almost feels like something Primus would do. And just before the end, the band takes this upbeat progression, and plays to a bright mid-tempo rhythm. This sort of song chemistry is what makes Dark Future so interesting, for the band experiments much more this time around with their sound than ever before.

“White Noise (II)” starts things out simply, before introducing a vibrant solo. While the overall structure of the track is to the point, the instrumentation throughout the material rides with rampant energy that pops and whirls with hysteria. With the constant barrage of blasting drums and hypnotic guitar work, Entheos create this delightfully hypnotizing aura. “Melancholia” packs polyrhythms with cosmic flare, continuing to provide hectic drum work, and a layer of bass pumping away at the foundation.

The instrumentation is easily the strongest component of the record. The vocals by no means act as a con throughout the album, but they don’t necessarily add anything unique to the material. The spotlight primarily aims itself upon the instrumentation, following every unique blend of sound and chemistry that pops throughout the album. Those who are familiar with technical death metal will find a style that leans more towards enjoyable, rather than explosively complicated. This works for Entheos, for they find a happy middle ground between song structuring that includes catchiness and unique composition.

“Sea of Symmetry” flows with a wild energy, riding with various inflections in the guitar tone. The drum work flares at times, with the guitar providing a hypnotic aura. “Inverted Earth (I)” comes with a lot more pounce, with brighter guitar notes playing in contrast to dense metallic clashing. There’s a lot going on here, with tempo taking moments to drop and then rise, to various different sounds popping up throughout the track. The material packs a lot into it, and like the rest of the record, keeps the listeners guessing for what will come next. “Sunshift (II)” is explosive from the moment it begins, erupting in this alien-like blast of sci-fi vocals and radiant guitar playing.

The instrumentation of Entheos’s Dark Future explores much more variety in terms of technical death metal. The band is able to provide a blend of styles and sounds to keep listeners hooked and entertained. Everything within the album is enjoyable, with the main selling point being that of the instrumental technicality. The band clearly demonstrates their musicianship within Dark Future, showing how they’ve grown and improved.

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