Pim B. : After an EP and a full-length Onirophagus returns with a new album. Since their 2013 album Prehuman the band underwent some line-up changes. More so the five-piece morphed into a six-piece. The Barcelona based band now has three guitarists, which works quite well for their brand of heavy music. They once again went to the Moontower Studios to record the four songs for Endarkenment (Illumination Through Putrefaction) under the supervision of Javi Felez. Piece by piece long songs with the closing title track touching the 23 minute mark.
Musically these Spaniards have not changed a lot. This basically is funeral death/doom with room for some sidesteps. You can hear some black metal influences for instance and some of the melodies remind of Swedish death/black in the vein of Dissection. These melodies are an important element within the music that basically is fairly simple yet effective. What I do like about this album is the fact you can clearly hear the influences but the compositions by Onirophagus do not sound like a copy. There are similarities to bands such as Ophis, Evoken, Mournful Congregation and Necros Christos. But also the aforementioned Dissection.
Compared to the previous album I think this is a big step forwards and I truly like listening to this album. Fans of the aforementioned bands should give this a shot.