Ensnared (Sweden) – Inimicus Generis Humani — Invictus Productions / Dark Descent

New wave of old school death metal still has something to say.


Firstly, albeit being Swedish, these cats play true American old school Death Metal in the vein of Morbid Angel and Autopsy. Of course, something of Entombed or Dismember appear here and there but is not the norm.

Second: they make good use of what they have in hand without being a cheap imitation of the bands of yore. They own something original… something that I’ve being saying, it’s very rare nowadays.

That being said, Inimicus Generis Humani is not the utmost essential album, and, despite being a unique band, that doesn’t mean they are creative. That sounds like an oxymoron and maybe they have only themselves to blame.

That’s not to say that the album is terrible, on the contrary, this is just indicated for those who like this type of approach in death metal. How come? They sound all the same except for the third track, that is very earworm called The Throne Of Transformation.

Between 5 tracks of “real music” there are three interludes that honestly doesn’t add anything to the opvs. Last track, the long Black Hole Accolytes, however has the two worlds (the incidental music and the real deal death metal). The track clocks in at 9 minutes.

All in all is a good album but working on the safe side of death metal, with good sound and production, satisfactory delivery, but only serves the most purist fans of old school death metal. Without showing blatant difference between tracks, it fulfils its proposal to bring true death metal to the fore.

Inimicus Generis Humani by Ensnared is going to be available TOMORROW on Invictus Productions / Dark Descent. 

Rating: 7/10

Roderick Totentanz

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