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Ecnephias is an Italian quartet who employs a dark symphonic metal style on their third release, the 10-track INFERNO. With tracks growled in both English and Italian, this unit’s appeal to the downtrodden is stretched thanks to not only their dual language vocals but a bevy of Gothic metal elements working overtime to create an ominous vibe (“A Satana”). Referencing the usual suspects from Paradise Lost to Moonspell to administer the piano-heavy doom-laden Euro metal sect with a familiar yet enjoyable array of blackened arrangements and melodies cloaked in melodramatic malaise, Ecnephias for the lovelorn and broken hearted to swoon over (“Voices of Dead Souls”).
- Mike SOS