It isn’t often enough that the world gets a Demoncy album, but by thunder, it sure is good when we do! After attempting a full band with 2003’s “Empire of the Fallen Angel”, frontman Ixithra once again opted to return to solo form for “Enthroned Is the Night”, as Demoncy had been for the majority of its existence. As along with this process came no real cause for concern at all.
Demoncy loves their dark and creepy intros, and once again the album begins with one lasting close to two minutes before going to a thunderous attack with “Winds of Plague”. Production is razor-sharp and the vocals a raspy, gnarly Witch Hazel of Looney Tunes with laryngitis-vibe. No death metal vocal metal as on “Empire…”, just pure and diabolical black metal. The lyrics per usual deal with more evil occurrences and occult themes rather than outright blasphemy and Satanism. Tempos never really rage too fast but instead we are treated to medium-paced riffs of enveloping darkness and somber soliloquies (well, did he compose all the arrangements himself, after all!). My sole gripe is that both the songs and the albums are a bit too short, what with clocking it at just over 40 minutes. With composures like this, I always want more. Eh, maybe I’m just being greedy. Another instrumental passage entitled simply “Nocturne” closes out the album in a lovely ambient nightmarescape worthy of The Prince of Darkness himself.
Well, it was many years in the making, and it ultimately was a bit short in length, but I can easily says I am satisfied, regardless. Ixithra is a veteran of the American black metal scene, having been a part of it before it was even formally acknowledge, then when it was heckled by our Scandinavian brethren, then when it outclassed and totally trampled than very same scene that once mocked it as they all slowly but surely became caricatures of their former selves. After twenty years of going at it, he can still crank out a solid, dark, and venerable release. Not too many underground acts from ANY country can proudly declare that! (FA)