Enochian Theory - Evolution: Creatio Ex Nihilio review


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Band: Enochian Theory
Album: Evolution: Creatio Ex Nihilio
Release date: August 2009

01. Every Ending Has A Beginning…
02. The Dimensionless Monologue: Tedium
03. The Dimensionless Monologue
04. The Dimensionless Monologue: T.D.M (iii)
05. At Great Odds With…
06. Apathia
07. Triumvirate
08. Movement
09. After The Movement
10. Waves Of Ascension
11. The Fire Around The Lotus
12. The Living Continuum
13. A Monument To The Death Of An Idea

Although it seems like a cheap tactic to explain what an album sounds like by comparing it to the debut of another band, there is simply no better and more succinct way of describing Enochian Theory's Evolution: Creatio Ex Nihilio than as the spiritual twin to Riverside's Out Of Myself.

Like Riverside, Enochian Theory play progressive metal with a focus on intricate arrangements, subtle compositions and elegant melodies. There is no place for showing off on Evolution, every note is clearly played at the right time. Some of the songs resemble suites while others reach their destination in a more direct manner. In other words, this is progressive metal influenced by the likes of Marillion and IQ, bands that introduced carefully crafted pop sensibilities to progressive rock, abandoning the style's excesses in favor of emotionally moving, beautiful songs. A similar approach can be observed on Evolution, particularly in songs like "Movement" or "At Great Odds With...". With this said, Enochian Theory also have an extreme metal side to them, with growls appearing on tracks such as "Apathia" and "The Fire Around The Lotus". Sadly, these parts of Evolution sound far less impressive to my ears than the softer, more introspective material. They are technically not bad but they are mediocre in terms of extreme music. The band could do without them, or, like in "At Great Odds With...", should limit the extreme elements to the superbly placed single growl.

Alas, Riverside's debut album was also not without nooks and crannies that needed ironing out and I am fairly confident that on future releases, Enochian Theory will similarly finetune their sound and gain widespread recognition and respect for it. Evolution: Creation Ex Nihilio, while a fine album, is just a little too ambitious for the band's current abilities.


Written on 01.09.2009 by With Metal Storm since 2002, jupitreas has been subjecting the masses to his reviews for quite a while now. He lives in Warsaw, Poland, where he does his best to avoid prosecution for being so cool.


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01.09.2009 - 10:20
Darkside Momo
Sounds interesting... I'll have to check them out!

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01.09.2009 - 11:45
Au Pays Natal
Agreed....anything claiming to sound a bit like Riverside will catch my attention
01.09.2009 - 14:01
Amazing sound, i just got attention to this band by a friend ... it really sound a promising band ..
great review, as usual
01.09.2009 - 16:28
I'll definitly have to check these guys out!
"I am not superstitious, but I'm a little 'stitious." - Michael Scott
01.09.2009 - 17:15
As soon as you mentioned riverside i decided to check them out
01.09.2009 - 21:55
Fat & Sassy!
Is it me, or does the album artwork look VERY similar to Pink Floyd's Animals? O-O
You do you, brozzio.
12.01.2013 - 17:13
Written by Fat & Sassy! on 01.09.2009 at 21:55

Is it me, or does the album artwork look VERY similar to Pink Floyd's Animals? O-O

It's you.

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