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Ehnahre - Taming The Cannibals [Crucial Blast Records - 2010]

Ehnahre are a 'metal ' band from Boston (which seems to be more known for hardcore-punk than metal), and this thier sophomore full-length album is totally unlike anything I've heard in the genre since maybe Abruptum .  One look at their official site and they include a quote from Arnold Schoenberg about dissonance in music.  You just know this band has to be special.

Much of this recording actually reminds me very much of the Birthday Party except with more pronounced chaos.  Yet with all the discordance this band seem to be well orchestrated.  The guitar is especially very raw sounding here.  It's very much akin to Black Sabbath if they were cutting-edge music students.  Just the use of feedback on "Foehn (Lullaby)" alone -- and I don't mean they use the sound technique like everyone else does -- just shows how brilliant this trio really is.  It doesn't hurt that they occasionally remind me of the Swans or Pure (the band that was on the Broken Flag label, of course) either.

I’d be damned if I could name a subgenre to compare this to.  I certainly wouldn't call it Black or Death Metal.  This kind of metal just doesn't follow the rules of any kind or any treads.

In spite of the rather silly title, “Taming the Cannibals” is hands-down the most innovative metal album I've heard in awhile.  Rethink what you know about heavy music and check this out.

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Lawrence J. Patti
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