Review in Kerrang!

One of the oddest bands on Planet Rock, Elend have their roots as firmly embedded in Gregorian chants and 20th century classical composers such as Holst, as well as off-the-wall Euro-prog rockers such as Amon Duul. The result is a dark, symphonic mélange that has a good deal in common with recent Burzum releases, and proof that orchestral music can be heavier than out-and-out metal bands.
The last part of a trilogy from this Austro-French crew, “The Umbersun” is a truly inspired piece of work. Simultaneously depressing and uplifting, it’s a record that will appeal to those who appreciate a little weirdness in their life.

Malcolm Dome
Kerrang! 2/5/98

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