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Release date: 14 September 2009
Style: Extreme power metal


8.2 | 129 votes


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01. Deathlike Overture (Intro)
02. Esoteric
03. Rise And Decay
04. Let The Old World Burn
05. Darkness Descending
06. Seclusion
07. Misery's Supremacy
08. Under A Pitch Black Sky
09. Linger In Doubt
10. The Legacy Of The Defeated
11. Within Reach [bonus]

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Release dates:

14 Sep: UK
18 Sep: Europe
13 Oct: North America

Guest review by
Darth Revan

An album made by a melodic death metal band with power metal influences? Well since I'm a fan of both genres this album should be like bread and butter to me right? Ehh, I wouldn't put it like that, but Esoteric certainly is effective in some areas, even though it does have its weaker tracks as most albums do.

published 21.04.2011 | Comments (1)

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sabotender - 09.01.2010 at 03:32  
Rating: 9 This is one of those "eagerly anticipated" albums that took quite some time to be recorded and released... this is also one of the very few eagerly anticipated albums that actually lived up to the expectations. A stellar release that only gets stronger and more impressive every time I listen to it.
Tunafish - 09.01.2010 at 22:33  
  Love it!
Under A Pitch Black Sky
Daydream Nation - 10.01.2010 at 19:26  
  Misery's Supremacy. End of story.
MétalNoir - 18.01.2010 at 20:39  
Rating: 9 Great album, my pick for 2009 Awards in the melodeath category, for sure
FeskarN - 19.01.2010 at 11:48  
Rating: 7 To me this album is their weakest album but there are some good songs on it like "Misery's Supremacy" and "Linger In Doubt".
JÄY - 27.01.2010 at 22:43  
  Damn, Scandinavians really know how to make this power metal with harsh vocals thing...i love esoteric!
Sleeping Dragon - 21.03.2010 at 03:29  
Rating: 9 A very good album, IMO... better than "Stone's Reach" by Be'lakor I think...

A lot of tracks remind me of Dimmu Borgir's music, though I'm not sure why. Perhaps it's the symphonic instrumentation.
Ag Fox - 21.03.2010 at 22:48  
Rating: 9
Written by Sleeping Dragon on 21.03.2010 at 03:29

A very good album, IMO... better than "Stone's Reach" by Be'lakor I think...
I've got to agree on that
Passenger - 15.02.2011 at 18:04  
Rating: 10 Like, i don't know what's happening in the metal world when literally one of the best melodic death albums of all time goes unnoticed like this... esoteric in UNBELIEVABLE
FrozenJoy - 18.03.2011 at 23:38  
Rating: 10 I know I'm probably overrating it, but I can't help but to say this is the BEST metal album EVER... There's not even one boring or average song, I´ve been listening to this for more or less one year, and I never get tired... All the songs are epic, brutal, melodic, and complex at the same time... And the mix of the keyboards and guitars is brilliant... 10/10
Skyum - 04.05.2013 at 22:30  
Rating: 8 This is such a good melodeath album. A rare gem in a generally boring genre.
Stunning Cactus - 27.07.2014 at 11:44  
Rating: 10 I keep coming back to this band. These guys have some genuinely unique and killer riffs and they never fail to go into a God-awesome chorus in nearly every song. This is just about my favorite metal sound I could possibly conjure up in my imagination.

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