Animosity may have been the best farm system in metalcore. Though they only released three albums in a four-year period, former members have gone on to become some of the best sidemen in the genre. Popping up in bands like The Faceless, Suicide Silence, and Decrepit Birth, Animosity alumni nail anything thrown at them. Animosity's musicianship as a unit was so far advanced past the rest deathcore at the time it felt like they were toying the form, truly playing with it. That sense of enthusiasm for technical music has followed them on each other their individual journeys, and Entheos, featuring former Animosity drummer Navene Koperweis and bassist Evan Brewer, is no different.

On "Inverted Earth (I) / Sunshift (II)", Entheos put their full technical wizardry on display, but the results are from a different spellbook than Animosity. Anyone expecting "blasts & breakdowns" deathcore best look at that song title's two sets of parentheses and recognize that we approaching the edges of the prog zone.

Both sections of this self-contained diptych create space through different means. Since the band favors a super-dry tone, meant to better show off their tight, staccato playing, Entheos use a great deal of electronics fill out their material. Taken in turn, tones that would otherwise feel thin instead seem sleek, part of an impeccably designed sci-fi set. Of the two tracks "Sunshift (II)" makes this glistening, futuristic tone a much bigger point of emphasis, featuring a lengthy, programmed interlude and a fusion-esque guitar solo. "Inverted Earth (I)" still features plenty of synth, but also adds to the atmosphere through compositional tricks rather than surface details. The slower of the two sections, "Inverted Earth (I)" barely lets any air into its two-and-a-half minute run time. It's riffs feel hermetically sealed, each stop and start of their off kilter rhythms like a series of parallel straight lines. All of this builds to Brewer's melodic bass solo, where Entheos finally crack the arrangement open. The contrast is invigorating, but it's a setup for the finale that trusts the song into hyperdrive, proving that Koperweis and Brewer haven't lost their touch for playing their audience like a fiddle.

Here's what Koperweis and singer Chaney Crabb have to say about the track:

Lyrically, Dark Future represents the uncertainties of life - the twists and turns of anxiety, depression, clarity and happiness that existence brings - all of this stemming from my personal experiences throughout the last year of our writing process. Inverted Earth and Sunshift hold a very dear spot to me within these tracks because the two songs together represent a late night descent from clarity into total uncertainty, accompanied by what are some of my favorite instrumental moments on the entire album. ---- Chaney

Inverted Earth / Sunshift , is a two part song. The two tracks do a great job of showcasing every member of the band’s talents as well as what we are going for as a band on this album. It definitely has some experimental sections, one being a lengthy progressive and almost electronica vibe towards the end, but It’s also one of the few songs on ‘Dark Future’ that has some more technically crafted faster death metal / blast beat-y sections that one might consider closer to our older material. As a whole, I think it’s as well rounded of a listening experience Entheos has to offer. ----Navene

Stream "Inverted Earth (I) / "Sunshift (II)" exclusively below. Dark Future is out on November 10th via Spinefarm. Follow Entheos on Facebook.



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