Burned, Barren, Bloodstained
Inverse Records

TLDR: Technical death metal that avoids extreme tempos.

Review: Helsinki-based Enragement has been here for over ten years, but it wasn’t until now when their second album came out. Burned, Barren, Bloodstained offers a fine mix of technical death metal and slow-tempo beating. It does it with style, even if the outcome is not that well-finished.

Enragement isn’t exactly a pioneer band. This very same path has been laid out for them by many other bands before, such as Nile, Origin and many, many others. However, where bands such as Origin go to extreme end not only by their fast-tempo but also their technicality, Enragement has chosen another way to do their stuff – and that is almost doomy pace. Give them mid-tempo or slow jamming, Enragement is there. They are not, however, afraid of the speed either. It’s just that they don’t go to the extreme with it.

Burned, Barren, Bloodstained is quite an interesting piece of the genre, but it’s not as well designed as it would deserve to be. While I like their approach to the genre with their twisted riffs and use of two kinds of vocals, growling and grindesque shrieks, the somewhat sloppy production and lack of catchiness makes this album just semi-good. Despite these flaws, I think this one deserves a listen. Genre fans, give it a shot.

Track list:
1. River of Corpses
2. Dead Flesh Treasury
3. Raining Bodyparts
4. Mass of a Thousand Suns
5. Divine Catatonia
6. Ashen Unity
7. As the Acid Burns
8. To Become Earth
9. Blood for the Sun God
10. Armed Redeemer
11. Smite the Impure