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Reviews CD Reviews Gothic Foresin- Enarxis

Artist: Foresin

CD title: Enarxis

Label: Danse Macabre

Genre: Gothic, Darkwave, Electro-Goth

Website: http://www.myspace.com/foresin

Reviewer: DJ Kantrip

Date: 06/21/2011

Buy Here: http://www.amazon.com/Enarxis/dp/B003EXQNBA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1308722056&sr=8-1

There has been a recent resurgence in electronic-focused bands attempting to bring back the Goth Rock sound, with out actually drudging down those well-traveled Post-Punk miles.  Stapling their hands to their foreheads as the glow of their laptops cast shadows in their darkened chambers.  Okay so I'm exaggerating but it really is refreshing to hear more bands trying to bring back the essence and sound of Goth while still keeping up that obsession the Dark Alternative scene has had with Things-What-Go-Oontz.   Foresin is such a band, and their 2009 album Enarxis is sure to delight fans of Blutengel and Diary of Dreams, as it sounds very much like these acts.  Too much at times.

Enarxis reminds me very much of a Diary of Dreams release, but without the Heavy Metal trappings.  Mournful vocals that have the usual  lyrics that question life, dreams, and the cruelty of the world are present along with a plodding beat and synths that build a nice comfy dark atmosphere.  Less suited for a big dance night at the club but perfect for say a cocktail or absinthe party, or maybe just a quiet night in at home.  For DJs there are some songs that do fit in a heavier dance set.    Haunted is reminiscent of NamNamBulu while This Twisted Lullaby would sit nicely next to a  Blutengel song, with its operatic back-up vocals and piano.

One criticism I have is that besides these two songs, most of the tracks all sound the same.   Droning vocals, whispering and creeping over the same slow beat for about 60 minutes.  I had a hard time distinguishing one song from another unless I was actively watching my media player.  The vocals are the main culprit here.   Most of the music on the album has sparks of life and depth to it, but the monotony of the vocalist tends to pave over these elements, and mash them into the background. The overall effect is that this album is holding itself back from really showing its full potential.

Despite these minor complaints, Enarxis is a promising album.  I say promising because its another band that is determined to keep the Gothic aesthetic undead and shambling along, albeit with cybernetic implants.  While the band's MySpace page is suspiciously silent, I do hope that Foresin hasn't given up and is working on a new release.  Just maybe one with a bit more variety in its end result.


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