Articles by Al Necro
Venenum is special, not because someone says they sound familiar to an old overrated favorite, but because they do things veritably their way, and listening to this masterpiece tells the truth of the matter, and so should you listen and formulate an opinion independent of someone else’s.
I am happy to express my approval of Vampire sticking with the style that got their demo sold-out in a short amount of time. It proves that if passion were to trump stubbornness and a band sticks to its guns even as their prior albums don’t make leaps and bounds, good things can happen.
Musicianship matters when a band just plainly executes good songs and creates worthwhile music. Memoriam’s ‘For the Fallen’ has a touch of old-school death metal, modern death metal, and is quite emphatically just awesome.
Suitable for many backdrops of desolate, dank, derelict wastelands, Altar of Betelgeuze’s ‘Among the Ruins’ is prime doom metal for fans of genre-bending doom/death metal. I’m looking forward to hearing more material from the band.
Inferno’s ‘Gnosis Kardias’ is not mainstream trend worship, nor is it crafted with contrivance and repetition. It is sacred art for lovers of the dark crafts.
Porta Daemonium plays music with conviction, tenacity, and quality hard for most fans to appreciate simply because they don’t claim to be the biggest and baddest out there. Get ‘Serpent of Chaos’ on LP and experience armageddon.
Not incendiary or polarising, ‘The High Heat Licks Against Heaven’ sufficiently entertains fans of modern black metal, and proves that Nidingr can rouse the drifters from sleep if only for the length of time the album blasts, shreds, and tremolo picks to levels beyond sameness and monotony.
Necroblood’s sound reveals a band at the height of its creative prowess. Song dynamics and catchy riffery both advance the material beyond mere competence. Fans of analog format will love the band’s issue in vinyl, and such format is highly recommended for fans of this type of underground death metal.
The band does not lack in genuine ideas on ‘Winter’, and fans of Fen will support this new album as fervently as they’ve supported milestone efforts such as ‘Epoch’.
It is with great pleasure that I introduce Finnish black/death metal band Cemetery Winds and their album ‘Unholy Ascensions’, a band and a release in desperate need of some buzz.
All must bow down to Harvest Gulgaltha’s ‘Altars of Devotion’, or suffer indignation by the scourge of wearing the nameplate, I am Trendwaste.
Pillorian’s ‘Obsidian Arc’ is an enjoyable listen, and presents a band refreshing the melodic black metal style in 2017 to my pronounced enjoyment.
Let’s face it, ‘Morbid Blood’ won’t be topped easily, and ‘Force of Profanation’ may not follow it up with increased tenacity and quality, but ‘Force of Profanation’ proves Ravencult is here to stay.
Kosmokrator might not have entirely pioneered this style, but they provide fitting tribute and lasting legacy to the genre with ‘First Step to Supremacy’. File this under 2016’s most underrated.
I am fan first, journalist second, and Árstíðir Lífsins’ ‘Heljarkviða’ is the best black metal album I’ve heard from Iceland since Misþyrming’s ‘Söngvar elds og óreiðu’, and the best black metal album I’ve heard for years before that.
Cara Neir’s ‘Perpetual Despair is the Human Condition’ packs a wallop, and sounds like genre-bending magic typical of label Broken Limbs Recordings.
Kjeld and Wederganger feature instrumentation all positively enhanced by modern production values. Like a fresh smearing of blood on snow and ice, everything is conspicuous.
Perhaps in large part to the astounding musical output the guys on Death Fetishist are responsible for, the band fails to make something really worth loving on this, their full-length album, ‘Clandestine Sacrament’.
‘Takitum Tootem!’ either shows an exciting new direction for The Ruins of Beverast, or it aptly explores a theme with two songs before it presents black metal of a new innovative form on their next album.
The members of Vircolac make music for its own sake, and a mainstream audience of Vircolac fans is still quite hard to imagine bearing fruit, but should black/death metal reach into the stratosphere with no turning back, expect Vircolac to be at the forefront of it all.
While slightly melodic and less dissonant than ‘Taman Shud’, ‘Mute Books’ is a worthy edition to Auroch’s discography, even if ‘Taman Shud’ may perhaps remain their most compelling album to listen to.