- Jewel CD
The idiosyncratic methodology of Portland’s AENIGMATUM is instantly apparent from the whip-start blast of Forged From Bedlam, the opening track of their second album Deconsecrate. While the pace is frenetic, speed is never a crutch to be relied upon but rather one deliberate device in a sprawling collection of melodically precise and technically riveting fragmented death shards.
The eight songs on Deconsecrate constitute a labyrinthian structure of twisting nuanced complexity and intricate explosive chaos. Blood-freezing and incandescently beautiful at once, AENIGMATUM temper their withering elaborate intensity with astonishingly elegant melodic passages carved into the mind like towering marble hallucinations.