Esoteric are a band from the United Kingdom that has had music reviewed before in this zine and plays funeral doom/death metal and this is a review of their 1997 double album "The Pernicious Enigma" which was re-issued in 2018 by Aesthetic Death.
Clean playing starts off the album along with some atmospheric sounding keyboards which also mixes in with the heavier sections of the music while the slow riffing brings in the heaviness of funeral doom metal and spoken word parts can also be heard in the background briefly.
All of the tracks are very long and epic in length while the vocals bring in a great amount of death metal growls along with a few black metal screams as well as the music getting very experimental at times and when guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very dark and melodic style.
When the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats can also be heard while psychedelic elements are also utilized at times along with one track also bringing in war movie samples as well as a alter song being an instrumental and as the album progresses drones can also be heard in certain sections of the recording.
On this recording Esoteric played a musical style that was mostly rooted in funeral doom/death metal while also adding in psychedelic and experimental elements which also gave the songs more originality, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover misanthropy, endless space, dreams, isolation and psychedelic experience themes.
In my opinion this was another great sounding recording from Esoteric and if you are a fan of funeral doom/death metal, you should check out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Creation (Through Destruction)" ""Allegiance" "At War With the Race" and "Passing through Matter". 8 out of 10.