Enochian Theory already passed their maturity exam in 2010 with their debut album "Evolution: Creatio Ex Nihilio" - with distinction. The English trio saved and varied the power prog of the first album on the second album "LIFE ...And All It Entails": This is modern Artrock, which can, but does not have to, create complex structures and filigree solos. Enochian Theory order a field here which has been ordered by bands like Porcupine Tree, Tool, Riverside, Devin Townsend, Oceansize, Katatonia and some more. And so it is important that Benedict Harris-Hayes (vocals, guitar, piano), Sam Street (drums) and Shaun Rayment (bass) add something special to their sound: a string orchestra. Harris-Hayes had already declared as his predecessor that orchestration had played a decisive role in the development of the band. This can also be felt on "LIFE", on each of the thirteen tracks: everywhere you listen to strings (or their digital siblings), whether in bombastic moments ("Singularities"), passages full of pathos ("Hz", "Distances") or quiet moments ("Loves"). The versatility of this album is particularly evident in the juxtaposition of contrasts that like to perform simultaneously: The strings play sweetly, while growls roar; delicate piano solos counteract crashing guitar riffs; harmonic vocals sound along with scratching keyboards. As a treat there is a remastered version of "The Fire Around The Lotus", the soundtrack to a short film project of the band. With "LIFE ...And All It Entails" Enochian Theory succeed in two things: On the one hand many structures and sounds open up at the first listening, on the other hand there are a lot of resourceful details that have yet to be discovered.
Top Track: Singularities