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Review: Die Entweihung - Strict Regime Country
Die Entweihung
Strict Regime Country

Label: Witches Brew
Year released: 2022
Duration: 44:26
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: December 19, 2022
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
Readers Rating
Strict Regime Country

Rated 4.29/5 (85.71%) (7 Votes)

Die Entweihung is a one-man project helmed by Herr Entweiherr that's had a whopping eleven albums since 2008, and that's not counting EPs and demos. Despite residing in Israel, he's actually a native of Belarus and appears to write about the tumultuous and often dangerous situation the country has been in for decades, which helps to explain the lyrical themes of his latest album, Strict Regime Country. His project's sound is difficult to pin down, for while there are obvious nods to black metal in the vocals combined with a traditional guitar sensibility, there's also elements of punk and post-rock scattered around along with operatic female vocals, some keyboards and orchestrations, and even a freaking saxophone on the closing title track. That might make this sound like a mess, and I'll admit that the compositions sometimes feel a little bloated, but Entweiherr is clearly a professional at this point and puts over a decade's worth of experience into writing rambling, complex riffs and inventive, energetic songwriting that's often surprising and always engaging. Despite over a decade of activity, Die Entweihung remains very unknown, and if the rest of his work is even half as innovative and individual as this, that's a tragedy that should be fixed by anyone reading this, and Strict Regime Country is as good a place to start as any.

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