Necrophobic
Hrimthursum


4.0
excellent

Review

by somberlain USER (64 Reviews)
February 3rd, 2010 | 38 replies | 7,497 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The best album Dissection never made.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Tobias Sidegård - Vocals & Bass
Sebastian Ramstedt - Lead & Rhythm Guitar
Johan Bergebäck - Rhythm & Lead Guitar
Joakim Sterner - Drums

Necrophobic was formed in 1989, taking its name from a Slayer song. Seventeen years later, after many label and personnel changes they released only their fifth album. “Hrimthursum” which translates from Islandic to “Frost Giants,” is a slab of blackened death metal in the vein of Dissection, interestingly enough, Jon Nödtveidt appeared on “Nailing the Holy One” off of Necophobic’s “Darkside” as an additional vocalist. Although dealing mostly with anti-Christian themes, “Hrimthursum” also contains lyrics about Viking mythology thus explaining the name of the album.

Walking the line between death and black metal, Necrophobic incorporates enough elements from both to appeal to fans of death AND black metal. The vocals are a mix between black metal rasps and throaty, death metal growls, they aren’t too extreme and you can still make out what he’s saying. Musically, they blend the harsh atmosphere and evil lyrics of black metal with the technical aspects and musicianship of death metal.

Album intro “The Slaughter of Baby Jesus” starts with a crying baby (apparently about to be slaughtered) and choir chants that set an atmospheric mood before Necrophobic plow ferociously into the album. The following three tracks are the best on the album, delivered with crushing authority while remaining melodic at the same time, “Blinded by Light, Enlightened by Darkness” has a great opening riff that is very memorable and immediately commands your attention. “I Strike with Wrath” continues the sensory assault with relatively clear enunciation, “I strike with wrath, I welcome you all to my bloodbath.” Concluding this outstanding triptych is “Age of Chaos,” with clear references to the album title, it tells of the giants rising to destroy the world, a much slower track but however it retains the heaviness of the previous two.

There are some incredibly melodic riffs, the guitar work is top-notch aided by solid production and a mix where everything is perfectly balanced. The first half of the album is extraordinary, it has an appropriately evil vibe to it and the first four tracks alone make this album worth having. The second half of the album is a little bit of a letdown with the throaty vocals wearing a bit thin, but the musicianship doesn’t falter. That’s not to say that the second half is bad, it’s just difficult to sustain the momentum built by the first four tracks.

Released shortly after the disappointment that was “Reinkaos,” “Hrimthursum” is what Dissection’s final album SHOULD have sounded like. When you listen to a lot of death and black metal, at some point you get the feeling that you’ve heard it all before, bands playing the same notes with slightly different variations but every once in a great while, someone hits a note that gives a certain vibe and it hits you like a ton of bricks and while not all of “Hrimthursum” is like that, those moments that seem so rare, make this an outstanding album.

Recommended tracks:
Blinded by Light, Enlightened by Darkness
I Strike With Wrath
Age of Chaos



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somberlain
February 3rd 2010



2121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Blinded by Light, Enlightened by Darkness" is an incredible song

Infernis
February 4th 2010



398 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album, all around. Eternal Winter has a great chorus...this whole album I really enjoy(ed).

Zip
February 4th 2010



5312 Comments


lol nice tag line

qwe3
February 4th 2010



21355 Comments


ahaha summary wins

supertouchox2
February 4th 2010



1062 Comments


seeing them tonight, just checked out a few tracks on youtube and if there sweet live il get this cd.

TheSpirit
February 4th 2010



17712 Comments


Good review, but you should take out the bolding

Digging: Venus Star - Nigredo Expulsion

combustion07
February 4th 2010



5343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Finally this album gets reviewed!!! Good stuff

jingledeath
February 4th 2010



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album rules, I should probably check out their older albums sometime

somberlain
February 4th 2010



2121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@ Spirit
6 words are bolded, it's not too much is it?
maybe bolding wasn't a great but I don't think I went overboard

Countess
February 6th 2010



818 Comments


I need to get this
good review btw awesome summary!

supertouchox2
February 6th 2010



1062 Comments


they were a little out of place on the bill, good performance and props to them for getting a massive flag out and waving around the tiny venue.

TheSpirit
February 6th 2010



17712 Comments


I mean it's not horrid looking but album titles should be put in italics not bold

Wizard
February 15th 2010



19329 Comments


I absolutely fucking love Satanic Blasphemies. Nice descript review. One thing you should take into consideration is this:

@ Spirit
6 words are bolded, it's not too much is it?
maybe bolding wasn't a great but I don't think I went overboard


I would italicize album names and use "___" for song names. Just reads better.

Digging: YOB - Clearing The Path To Ascend

Zoo
February 15th 2010



3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nice to see this reviewed, band rules

somberlain
February 15th 2010



2121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah Wiz thats what I've been doing, I think this is the only time I bolded in a review and I stopped at Spirit's suggestion

Countess
February 17th 2010



818 Comments


I don't think the bolding is that bad but maybe italics are better

Wizard
February 17th 2010



19329 Comments


I don't think the bolding is that bad but maybe italics are better

Kind of an eyesore, sort of like you bumface.

Countess
February 17th 2010



818 Comments


at least I have the courage to post a pic of myself, I can only imagine what YOU must look like

Wizard
February 17th 2010



19329 Comments


Dude, you know I try to add you to facebook and you keep denying me >: P

Countess
February 17th 2010



818 Comments


lol! don't even have a facebook
and don't call me dude btw



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