NECROT “Necrot”

NECROT – Necrot [Extremely Rotten Records 2012]


I really like the wave of rotten and dirty Death Metal that have started to flow over the barren lands lately, or well the last few years really. NECROT is one of the newer entities in this pool of decomposition. They started their venture of Death in 2011 and has already two demos under their belt. This first one that I am writing about now, and the newer “Into The Labyrinth” which also is worth a listen or 9.

Right now the band consist of three, though when “Necrot” was recorded they were only two, Chad Gailey on drums from a couple of bands that I don’t know yet, and Luca Indrio who handles bass, guitars and vocals, who we know from a couple of bands that have made quite some noise the last few years, ACEPHALIX and VASTUM. Since then Sonny Reinhardt has stepped in and has taken over some of the guitar duties.

As guessed, NECROT is delivering a heavy dose of downtuned midpaced raw Death Metal. The atmosphere is dark and raw, straight to the point and very drawing, it is hard not to be caught in the swirling dark madness from the band, it is all done in primitive ways. Good base riffs, a guttural and quite pronounced growl, like in the good old Swedish days, pounding drumming to the point and a nice rumbling raw bass and overall production. A trip down memory lane, without it being outdated nor dusty.

If you’re into the above described kind of Death Metal this demo and the new one from these guys are must haves, the new demo “Into The Labyrinths” should soon be released by Extremely Rotten Records. And follow NECROT closely, only good things should be able to develop from these early signs of brutality.


ARES KINGDOM – “Incendiary”

Ares Kingdom – Incendiary (Nuclear War Now! Productions 2010)


I don’t really recall when I got into ARES KINGDOM. I have been a huge fan of ORDER FROM CHAOS since I first laid ears upon them many many years ago. The mighty Chuck Keller knows his way around obscure and thrashy riffing that latches on, and stays in the head long after the last chord has died. I was along the line also caught in the web of VULPECULA, and really miss the madness and mysticism that band possessed. Mike Miller was controlling the backbone in ORDER FROM CHAOS very straight on, a bit sloppy at times, though it shows that, that is his style, to make it sound a tad sloppy, but still powerful and to the point, you sometimes think he’ll lose the beat, but it never happens. I’m pretty sure ARES KINGDOM was my first encounter with Alex Blume, the harsh and intense growler, always making the eerie and sinister output sounding just a bit more evil, he later on roamed in BLASPHEMIC CRUELTY together with another hero of mine Gene Palubicki, mostly know from the mighty ANGEL CORPSE, a band that also derived of ORDER FROM CHAOS, showcasing Pete Helmkamp. And last but not least, when speaking of ARES KINGDOM, Doug Overby who have been handling the rhythm guitars from the very beginning of the band, and he does that quite well, as the rhythm is the driving force of this monster of a thrashy Death Metal band.

I was approached up to the release of “Incendiary” back in 2010, when it was about to be released I reckon, and of course I would like to do a review etc. with one of the bands that I adored. Then entered writer’s block, work, girl trouble and all that continued way too long, I even got tired of the Metal scene and all that roamed in it along the way, and didn’t listen to much Metal for a good while, except the sporadic review for Voices From The Dark Side.

I have begun to love Metal again, the scene somewhat, I am taking that in small bites. The cure for writers block is loud music, beer and icecold cheap whiskey, the women, well, don’t get me started on that one. Work still takes too much time, though I’m taking time to listen and tell the world about good music anyways, that is how it should be, and that is why I have dusted off this old piece of Death Metal, because it is still damned good today, and a perfect treat to accompany beer and icecold cheap whiskey.

Classic thrashy Death Metal riffs delivered at a steady not too fast pace, to an almost doomy pummeling, driving all in its way deep down in the ground, solid base rhythms, topped with the catchy guitarriffs and leads, and an aggressive bass. The vocals from Blume, a snarled and angry growl, frustrated and evil, pure grimness, that fits the sinister world of the band perfectly.

The production is nice dusty and old school, organic and gives the instruments their needed space to act with full force, the stretched riffing, nice airy drum sound and the guitar leads that fill the sound picture when they hit it off with brilliancy. A production fitting the overall arcane and dark, slight mysterious, atmosphere that surrounds this album, and the music of the band generally.

I guess you already have this album in your collection, if not, what the fuck is wrong with you man? I thought you said you liked Death Metal?

And soon to be released should be ARES KINGDOM’s newest output “VENERATION”, a tribute album to the roots of the band, together with a new version of ‘Celestial’ from the VULPECULA days and a version of ‘Oblivion’ from NEPENTHE where Blume roamed before ARES KINGDOM was formed. I am especially looking forward to listening to those 2, but well, also the rest of the album, and even more to new material, whenever that unearths.

ALGEBRA – “Polymorph”

ALGEBRA – Polymorph (Self released 2012)


If you thought good old Thrash Metal was dead, ALGEBRA is here to prove you otherwise, just put on the album and ‘bang your way through the first track, the SLAYER infused ‘S.O.B.’ and indulge in the insane ‘Angel Of Death’ inspired riffs, pure intensity and frenetic moshing of these four youngans, giving new life to an old and reeking style of violence.

The Swiss band has recorded this, their debut full length and then put it in the hands of Andy Classen for the mixing and mastering duties, and damn a job both parts have done. Seldom has such sheer energy and intensity been caught so clean on tape, it almost feel like the energy outbursts from a concert, the energy and intensity hits right on.

It would be a lie to say that ALGEBRA does anything new on this record, they have taken what they like about Thrash, turned it upside down, tossed it around and assembled it as their own sound of the good old days, and then kicks some ass. The album is stuffed with killer riffs, dosed with heavy inspiration, killer vocal lines, shouted back-up choirs, hard hitting rhythms, pounding and varied drumming and a feel of something young and fresh, together with a technical approach that makes up for some great details.

With the right amount of luck ALGEBRA could be the next band to stir up the established world of Thrash Metal, as they have the talent, energy and song writing skills to slay, now they just need some exposure and a record or two more under the belt, of the same quality as “Polymorph”, this is damned good!

PAGAN ALTAR “The Time Lord”

Pagan Altar – The Time Lord (Shadow Kingdom Records)

Back in the day, more precisely a year before I was born, in the very year 1978 the British Doomsters in PAGAN ALTAR recorded 5 tracks (one might have been recorded in ’79, no one really can remember it accurately). The recordings didn’t see the light of day until 2004, and since the then the demand for PAGAN ALTAR have lead to more releases of this small gem, and even lead to the band’s reanimation.

PAGAN ALTAR is classic late 70ties Heavy Metal/Doom… think of BLACK SABBATH when most dark, wicked and experimental and think where TWISTED TOWER DIRE found their main inspiration for their melodic anthemic Heavy Metal mayhem, that is as grande this music is. We are getting a full palette of darkness and earhanging melodies, and a great vocal performance, both the dark and gloomy voice as well of the melodic singing hits it clean.

Musically you can’t hear this recording is 34 years old, the music is fresh and up to date. The riffing is enormous and catching, the melodies great and leads the music on, the rhythm steady and a good backbone for the rest of the band, and the vocals, they are simply great. And PAGAN ALTAR does always create the right dark or anthemic atmosphere, stellar songwriting, and quite sad that music as good as this seldomly is made nowadays.

These 5 tracks could easily be the soundtrack for my fall, this music, some nice red wine and the leaves turning brown while the wind sweep them of the trees, simply mind blowing and crying for yet a spin.