Esoteric - The Pernicious Enigma



8.3 | 73 votes |
Release date: 1 April 1997
Style: Psychedelic doom metal, Funeral doom metal

Owners:

84 have it
16 want it


Disc I
01. Creation (Through Destruction)
02. Dominion Of Slaves
03. Allegiance
04. NOXBC9701040

Disc II
01. Sinistrous
02. At War With The Race
03. A Worthless Dream
04. Stygian Narcosis
05. Passing Through Matter

Additional info
Cover artwork and Logo by Simon Phillips
Booklet artwork by Steve Peters
Recorded and Mixed at Rich Bitch Studios. Engineered by Steve Wilson, mixed by Steve Wilson and Esoteric. Mastered by Tom Kvalsvoll at Strype Audio.
Released by Aesthetic Death Records

Staff review by
Lucas
Rating:
9.0
Pernicious - Pronunciation: \pər-ˈni-shəs\. Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin perniciosus, from pernicies destruction, from per- + nec-, nex violent death.

Enigma - Pronunciation: \i-ˈnig-mə, e-\. 1 : an obscure speech or writing 2 : something hard to understand or explain 3 : an inscrutable or mysterious person.

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published 19.09.2010 | Comments (3)

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07.10.2011 - 23:04
Rating: 9
InnerSelf
proofread free
Have been playing this a lot lately and even though I know it is AWESOME I never realized how brilliant it really is.
the spoken words in the intro to Allegiance is chilling
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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21.03.2012 - 22:38
Rating: 9
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by InnerSelf on 07.10.2011 at 23:04

Have been playing this a lot lately and even though I know it is AWESOME I never realized how brilliant it really is.
the spoken words in the intro to Allegiance is chilling


In case you didn't know, it's from a movie and you're actually listen to Al Pacino. The movie is called "Scent of a Woman". Really good film btw, not really dark as the music that took the sample (although the scene where those words were spoken is really dense) but yeah... it's a great movie (with one of the finest ending monologues I've heard in a movie). Pacino got his first Oscar ever for best actor (well deserved let me tell you... still can't believe it took seven previous nominations before he got an Oscar).
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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22.03.2012 - 00:36
Rating: 9
InnerSelf
proofread free
Written by Mr. Doctor on 21.03.2012 at 22:38

In case you didn't know, it's from a movie and you're actually listen to Al Pacino. The movie is called "Scent of a Woman". Really good film btw, not really dark as the music that took the sample (although the scene where those words were spoken is really dense) but yeah... it's a great movie (with one of the finest ending monologues I've heard in a movie). Pacino got his first Oscar ever for best actor (well deserved let me tell you... still can't believe it took seven previous nominations before he got an Oscar).

Didn't know it was Pacino until I saw Chobo_jokeR list. I know the name of the movie and I love Pacino but I don't know why I never bothered watching it. thanks for the info
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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17.08.2012 - 04:37
Rating: 9
Chobo_jokeR
Written by InnerSelf on 22.03.2012 at 00:36

Didn't know it was Pacino until I saw Chobo_jokeR list. I know the name of the movie and I love Pacino but I don't know why I never bothered watching it. thanks for the info


I really enjoy that movie too. It's not the usual Pacino movie (gangster / cop), but it is excellent.

I'm actually listening to Pernicious Enigma now and wanted to see what people had said recently about the album. I totally agree with you Innerself...always knew this album was good, but it is actually quite brilliant considering it was only their second album.

2 hours of intensity.
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30.01.2013 - 17:34
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Hard for me to choose between this album and The Maniacal Vale as my favorite Esoteric/funeral doom release.
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get that bag
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30.09.2014 - 16:53
Rating: 10
Death_95
Best album ever.
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13.02.2015 - 19:34
Rating: 8
God Alone
I think I've just grown a pair of supermassive black holes in my ears.
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15.03.2016 - 10:40
Rating: 10
Paw!!
Magnificent album. Indeed.

It's like I'm absorbed by the dark dimension, and I never figured out how to get out.
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18.02.2018 - 02:25
Maco
Classless
I bought this on bandcamp and it sounds brilliant.
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Crackhead Megadeth reigns supreme.
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11.09.2018 - 17:27
Rating: 9
Zap
Phlegmish
Woohoo, got the latest CD remix/remaster. One of those few albums where the remix sounds better than the original. Only one more Esoteric album to go to complete my collection
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And the tears that we will weep today
Will all be washed away
By the tears that we will weep again tomorrow
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11.09.2018 - 22:07
Rating: 9
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Zap on 11.09.2018 at 17:27
Woohoo, got the latest CD remix/remaster. One of those few albums where the remix sounds better than the original. Only one more Esoteric album to go to complete my collection


Got it yesterday. It's such a sexy package hehe. Now my Esoteric (CD) collection is complete.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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12.09.2018 - 15:33
Rating: 9
Zap
Phlegmish
Written by Mr. Doctor on 11.09.2018 at 22:07

Got it yesterday. It's such a sexy package hehe. Now my Esoteric (CD) collection is complete.

How and/or why does a package that comes from the UK arrive earlier in Sweden than Belgium?
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And the tears that we will weep today
Will all be washed away
By the tears that we will weep again tomorrow
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13.09.2018 - 05:45
Maco
Classless
Written by Zap on 11.09.2018 at 17:27

Woohoo, got the latest CD remix/remaster. One of those few albums where the remix sounds better than the original. Only one more Esoteric album to go to complete my collection


Now we get the Skepticism remix.
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Crackhead Megadeth reigns supreme.
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13.09.2018 - 16:01
Rating: 9
Zap
Phlegmish
Written by Maco on 13.09.2018 at 05:45

Now we get the Skepticism remix.

Nah, I listened to the remixed song that was released a while ago, and while it definitely wasn't bad, I prefer the original.
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And the tears that we will weep today
Will all be washed away
By the tears that we will weep again tomorrow
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26.11.2018 - 22:57
Rating: 9
Zap
Phlegmish
Insanely amazing band. They make me fall out of love with other music.
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And the tears that we will weep today
Will all be washed away
By the tears that we will weep again tomorrow
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23.09.2019 - 03:28
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Had never listened to this one before today (and much insistence from Radu, Mr. Doctor, and InnerSelf, might I add!). Managed to set aside the 2 hours for the full listen and damn, what an experience. Really high quality stuff: slowly building, ritualistic, and eerie. A bit different than I remember the later Esoteric material sounding though, production seems a little heavier on the treble, and also Chandler's vocals sound a lot more black metal-ish here than I remember, with more shrieking than usual.

Stellar release and quite ahead of the game for 1997.
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24.09.2019 - 03:49
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Written by Apothecary on 23.09.2019 at 03:28

Had never listened to this one before today (and much insistence from Radu, Mr. Doctor, and InnerSelf, might I add!). Managed to set aside the 2 hours for the full listen and damn, what an experience. Really high quality stuff: slowly building, ritualistic, and eerie. A bit different than I remember the later Esoteric material sounding though, production seems a little heavier on the treble, and also Chandler's vocals sound a lot more black metal-ish here than I remember, with more shrieking than usual.

Stellar release and quite ahead of the game for 1997.

It's definitely one of the top 3 Esoteric releases for me (this, Maniacal Vale, and Paragon) and arguably the darkest Esorteric album. I should try to make my way through their discography again before the new album comes out.
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get that bag
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24.09.2019 - 05:10
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by Alex F on 24.09.2019 at 03:49

I should try to make my way through their discography again before the new album comes out.

I've never gone all through their discog but aye, I'm thinking of doing the same!
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24.09.2019 - 10:15
Rating: 8
Daniell
_爱情_
Written by Apothecary on 24.09.2019 at 05:10

I've never gone all through their discog but aye, I'm thinking of doing the same!

I have, and I advise you to do the same at your earliest convenience!
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24.09.2019 - 10:24
Rating: 9
Zap
Phlegmish
Pff, I made my way through their discography as soon as they announced the new album.
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And the tears that we will weep today
Will all be washed away
By the tears that we will weep again tomorrow
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24.09.2019 - 18:34
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Going through their entire discography is like going through every episode of Game of Thrones only without the shit ending.
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"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something."
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24.09.2019 - 18:35
Maco
Classless
Written by Troy Killjoy on 24.09.2019 at 18:34

Going through their entire discography is like going through every episode of Game of Thrones only without the shit ending.

Ugh you compared this wonderful band with that shitty show!!!!
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Crackhead Megadeth reigns supreme.
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21.11.2019 - 23:19
Alakazam
This is the (sadly unpopular opinon to many it seems) unparlleled 90's Maniacal Vale although honestly this album so far has engrossed me the most. A walking mass of shuddering bleak, jaded dynamic psychedelia that carries ocasional outbursts of safe euphoria only to be sucked back into it's tar pit.

After listening again at the beginning of the year since inception to Esoteric, it's nice to see recognition appear revisiting back on here from everyone taking the right decision in giving it second chance. This effort deserves a higher ranking it's not even funny.
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22.11.2019 - 16:34
Rating: 9
Zap
Phlegmish
Yeah it is often overlooked, unfortunately. But I think the people that do know it think very highly of it and see it as an early career highlight.
I would love it if they played some more songs from this one live.
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And the tears that we will weep today
Will all be washed away
By the tears that we will weep again tomorrow
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