||Out of Scandinavia comes yet another sparkling
marvel one can call, Elenium.
Elenium is a 6-piece progressive death metal ensemble from Finland.
With the release of their debut, For Giving - For Getting, the first
thing that came to mind was early-Amorphis. The songs consistently
range from 3 to 5 minutes for the most part, with an album length
of around 40 minutes. So, a very solid output as well as a pretty
good production to allow the listener to take everything in. Elenium
bring forth a more technical and somewhat more experimental musical
charter bringing them closer to bands like Children of Bodom, Death,
and Stratovarius. With such stellar musical expertise, would you ever
guess these guys are only about 25 years old? Well, I suppose these
days... anyone could assume big things. Anyways, this album dodges
in and out of prog. to death metal to power to thrash and whence the
spite of "experimental". The album really doesn't get too
boring, but the diversity may indeed be a bit much. I guess "For
Giving - For Getting" is somewhere between great and mediocre.
Although, I will for sure give Elenium my full attention when future
releases are announced. Good stuff!
Reviewed By: Thomas