Necrophobic
Darkside


4.0
excellent

Review

by vanderb0b USER (63 Reviews)
September 13th, 2010 | 29 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A brief burst of Satan-loving, fantastically blasphemous fun.

It comes once every year: that time that the leaves, a brilliant orange, fall from the branches, the trees now but a sickly skeleton. Snow, soft and powdery, descends from the sky and shrouds the ground, with the iced earth and cloudy, somber sky blending into one infinite shade of grey. Aside from men, safely harbored in shelters of stone, little life remains, with only the occasional evergreen enlivening the barren landscape. At this time, people are split into two distinct groups: the one turning on the radio to hear the hackneyed carols yet another time, the other taking out a dusty disc labeled “Agalloch” or “Dissection”, eagerly awaiting to experience the wintry barrage of tritones again. If you happen to fall in the latter category, then it would be a disservice to yourself to not include Necrophobic’s Darkside in your list of wintry listening.

Darkside takes the best elements of Christ-hating death metal and the best elements of Christ-hating black metal, and blends them together, with a few occasional progressive and melodic elements thrown into the mix. Delightfully evil-sounding, tremolo-picked chords, often laced with first-unnoticeable melodies, form the majority of the riffs, yet they never become monotonous, largely due to the of frequent inclusion a subtle atmospheric keyboard, melodic lead, or churning grind of Autopsy-esque chords to create variety.

In addition, Darkside is filled with a fair amount of unusually melodic segment, with the most obvious examples are the two piano-led interludes: Vanesectio and Descension. Unlike their contemporaries, Necrophobic did not strive to create an overbearingly haunting or ominous mood through these pieces, which makes them so much more memorable than the aimless, supposedly-atmospheric, meanderings penned by the likes of Argentum. What’s interesting is that this affinity for melody sometimes ends up manifesting itself in the actual songs. This is particularly evident in Nifelhel, whose melodies give the piece an exceptionally sinister feel, but can also be seen in the sparsely-used acoustic guitars and basses that skillfully work their way into some of the harsher numbers.

Lyrically, the album is a much more orthodox black metal release than it is musically, and the stereotypical themes of Satan’s power, the sacrifice of Christians to increase Satan’s power, and the rising of moons above deep forests are all that the listener will be able to find here. This is somewhat disappointing and underwhelming, especially when one considers the relatively-inventive approach to the genre that can be seen in the music.

Still, Darkside is certainly worthy of the attention of everyone that has ever dreamed of worshiping the dark forces while basking in the rays of the blasphemous moon. In other words, blackened death metal doesn’t get much better than this.

4.1/5

Recommended Songs
Nifelhel
The Call
Darkside
Black Moon Rising



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vanderb0b
September 13th 2010


3473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jethro Tull will be up tomorrow, as promised. My first real bm review, as Drudkh's folk album doesn't really count. Quick write-up, a bit lighter in tone than my regular stuff. Feedback would be appreciated.

BallsToTheWall
September 13th 2010


44644 Comments


gotta love me sum christ hating blackened death metal yo.

Digging: Mare Cognitum - Phobos Monolith

wyankeif1337
September 13th 2010


6739 Comments


It seems I should check this out. Good review, you have me sold.

Hawks
September 13th 2010


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review man. This sounds pretty fucking awesome.

vanderb0b
September 14th 2010


3473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks! Looking through your ratings, I could definitely see you guys liking this, especially Hawks.

RippingCorpse
September 14th 2010


1087 Comments


good review

this is a great album, but The Nocturnal Silence will always be their best

vanderb0b
September 14th 2010


3473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Seems like I need to listen to that one again. Might also get a review up for it, there isn't one yet.

RippingCorpse
September 14th 2010


1087 Comments


you do its easily in one of my fav death metal albums

vanderb0b
September 14th 2010


3473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listening to The Nocturnal Silence, I have to admit that it's better than this. Looking like a high 4.5 right now.

Phrike
September 14th 2010


1691 Comments


yea

Locrian
September 14th 2010


1003 Comments


I never really got into this group. I hear good things about them though. Nice review, I'm now convinced to check this out more.

vanderb0b
September 14th 2010


3473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, man. If you want to get into them, I'd recommend starting with The Nocturnal Silence, it's better.

RippingCorpse
September 14th 2010


1087 Comments


if you like dissection you should like this and their later albums. Hrimthursum is pretty easy to get into

vanderb0b
September 14th 2010


3473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Actually haven't heard Hrimthurusm yet, will get soon.

Hawks
September 14th 2010


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks! Looking through your ratings, I could definitely see you guys liking this, especially Hawks.

Gonna try and download a few of their albums right now.

Jethro42
September 14th 2010


12484 Comments


Jethro Tull is now waiting for you vander. Now.

vanderb0b
September 14th 2010


3473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gonna try and download a few of their albums right now.


Cool, hope you like it!

Jethro Tull is now waiting for you vander. Now.


I've got Catfish Rising written and ready for upload. The moment this gets off the front page, I'll put it up.

jingledeath
September 14th 2010


7104 Comments


Nocturnal Silence is ace, good review.

Jethro42
September 14th 2010


12484 Comments


You are very prolific, sir. 50 is coming fast (I can't wait). And you became a solid writer bud.
Nifelhel sounds good, really interesting. I'll read your review soon.

Hawks
September 14th 2010


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listening to this now. I'm gonna listen to The Nocturnal Silence and Bloodhymns after. Definitely reminding me a lot of Dissection and Sacramentum so far. Which is a good thing.



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