Archive for Andy Ennis

Review: Overoth – Kingdom of Shadows

Posted in Album Review, IRISH NOISE!, Music with tags , , , , on April 12, 2013 by Tickets There

550350592-1Overoth have been kind enough to re-release their debut album, Kingdom of Shadows and being black hearted megalomaniacs, we felt TT should have a say. If you’ve seen Overoth at any time over the past two years since Kingdom of Shadow’s release, you’ll know they are a powerful force to be reckoned with. Lead singer, Andy Ennis cuts an imposing figure on stage and commands a dominant presence; supported by an intensely dense, doom/death metal bellowing backline(I know what backline means, but it suited the moment).

Kingdom of Shadows’ and ‘I Am One, I Am All’ crack the lid on a treasure trove of isolated darkness, carnage and aggression. The title track is fast paced, classic death metal while I Am One, I Am All injects the band’s heavier, doom, sound made stronger by Andy’s reverbing growls. ‘Summon the Cursed’ is flanked by thick echoing riffs that sway with the song before bursts of extremity explode out of nowhere. `The Serpent of Old’ and ‘Led to the Slaughter’ are two of the strongest pieces on the album. Face slapping metal in its finest form. At times the impact is a little muddled, but raw with power and both songs show the ability this band has and boasts potential for their next record.

BGUU97qCMAECQCNPathway to Demise’ and ‘Obsidian Blade’ continue to reinforce the bands power, but offer little in the way of real originality. They pale even further when the show stealing, ‘Upon The Alar’ awakens. A heaving brute of a tune that perfectly captures each band member falling into place, allowing them to deliver the song they’ve hinted at throughout the record. Haunting guitars, sparse echoes and militaristic force. ‘The Forbidden Realm’ builds on the revamped interest Upon The Altar gives in dramatic fashion. While not as forceful, it’s complexity, speed and focus drive the song and the album home.

Kingdom of Shadows may not have the most life changing songs in its ranks, but it does an excellent job at relaying the bands live sound and brute strength. At the same time it manages to drop a few regulars into your playlist and build anticipation for Overoth’s next release. If Kingdom of Shadows is anything to go by, Overoth will be a death metal household name in no time.

Hellfire()Sounds Review: OVEROTH

Posted in Hellfire()Sounds : REVIEWS, Music, Special Features with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2012 by Tickets There

Welcome to Hellfire()Sounds, Tickets There’s brand new metal review series. Like the Irish Noise and MySpace Reviews of the past, we’ll be jumping around MySpace’s, Facebook profiles, Soundcloud’s….etc. for the best new / old / unheard / overplayed metal we can find. Today we kick off the series with Overoth, whose five MySpace tracks have been doing the job all the way to the bank this morning.

Overoth have promised a comeback this year with new material well under way. In the meantime, metal fans would do well to revisit the Belfast band’s debut album Kingdom of Shadows (2010) and their debut E.P. Death Personified (2007) which are both represented in the bands MySpace player. Kicking off with ‘Upon The Alter’, Overoth’s present a cryptic-doom laden sound with creeping evil guitars, brawling vocals and an all-consuming aggression. Against a back drop of impending doom, Andy Ennis’ vocals bellow forth with a crisp, convincing sound needed to carry death metal and brand its mark upon the listener. ‘I Am Evil, I Am All’ (killer name) again shows the quality of the band’s debut album with dense wall of rhythm heavy sounds, while ‘Death Personified’ comes spiralling out with a renegade twirling nightmare feel. ‘Suffering of the Detained’ and ‘Oath of the Flesh’ again deliver a faster, sharper sound than that seen on the Kingdom of Shadows tracks on offer, but you’d miss the apocalyptic backdrop the band apparently mastered in the three years between both releases….uhm, release.

Do we know what we’re talking about? Who cares – Tickets There is back and we love metal! Check out Overoth’s MySpace player @ http://www.myspace.com/overoth