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Minor-league individuals in the always teeming Norwegian dark metal motion, Enthral emerged in 1995 from the city of Sunndalsøra, nonetheless it was a couple of years later on, after relocating to Oslo, that founding drummer/vocalist Kjetil Hektoen and guitarist Gunnhild Bratset encountered bassist Martin Rafoss, and recorded their debut record, Prophecies from the Dying. Marked by both usual black steel devices (severe rates of speed, satanic topics), and relatively more atypical components of gothic, atmospheric, and doom origins, the album highlighted visitor vocals from Ingrid Skretting and paved just how for an identical second opus in 1998’s The Mirror’s Opposite End (offering a protracted lineup of Skretting, second guitarist Espen Simonsen, and previous Dimmu Borgir keyboardist Stian Aarstad). Sadly, neither gained very much reputation beyond the deepest underground circles (small independent label Popular being partly at fault), and Enthral would wait around until 2003 before documenting their next record, Subterranean Movement. Hektoen was eventually noticed playing on Crest of Darkness’s 2004 record, Evil Knows Bad, leaving some question about Enthral’s upcoming prospects.

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