Obtained Enslavement - Witchcraft LP (Black vinyl)


Obtained Enslavement's Witchcraft fulfills the "symphonic black metal" label much better than most other bands of that tag. It is symphonic not only in its use of synthesized strings but also in the diverse instrumentation and extensive use of counterpoint and development of themes. It is black-metal in that it has hateful vocals, sinister atmosphere, and composition based on tremolo-picked guitar riffs. In fact, this exhibits symphonic qualities to a higher extent than a typical symphonic metal album, while simultaneously being more black-metal than a typical black metal album. The synthesizer usage is extremely heavy, and at the same time the guitars are employed to a greater extent than on almost any album. This even has imaginative drumming, and the production gives a raw feeling but each instrument, including the bass, can be clearly heard. It sounds too good to be true, but it is true.