Necros Christos
Doom of the Occult


4.0
excellent

Review

by illuminatus917 USER (7 Reviews)
September 27th, 2012 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Greek for "Dead Christ," Necros Christos creates a quaint death metal record other bands can only aspire to.

This album is the ultimate showcase for what death metal can really do. That's basically what it takes to get me really interested in a death metal record these days... it has to be avant-garde. There's such a huge pool of it wallowing in repetition and recycled schematas. Between the resurgence of old school death metal in new bands and old school death metal bands trying to re-create what they were once best at (which doesn't always turn out to be a bad thing, but still), it's a genre largely gone stale. If there's not something different about it, it's not going to compel me for very long. And I'm not talking about lame symphonic effects, I'm talking about things that actually make it stand out. If it's uniform, it's probably going out the window. If it's technical with zero creativity, it's probably going out the window. If it's brutal for the sake of being brutal, it's probably going out the window. Revocation, Origin, Obscura, Decrepit Birth... cast these aside and pick up Necros Christos' Doom of the Occult if you want to hear an album that sets a standard by which creative death metal can strive to meet.

Doom of the Occult is about as creative and non-uniform as a death metal record can be. There were 23 tracks on Necros Christos’ stellar debut, Triune Impurity Rites, and there are 23 tracks on Doom of the Occult. Twenty-three tracks, an hour and thirteen minutes in length. The intro, outro, and interludes comprise fourteen tracks on the album, all of which are instrumental. Temple's I-VIII consist mostly of church organs. Gate's 1-5 consist of Arabic folk instruments (including mostly acoustics and woodwinds, "Gate 2"). These contrast impressively well with the death metal tracks on the album, and they very successfully prevent the album from becoming monotonous (which a lot of albums would over the course of an hour and thirteen minutes). So if you do the math, there are only nine metal tracks on this album, and with it being Necros Christos, they're all doom influenced. "Baal of Ekron" and "Succumbed to Sarkum Phagum" are examples of 'slow progression.' Starting out faster, like a more typical death metal track, and subsiding to doom. “Doom of Kali Ma – Pyramid of Shakti Love – Flame of Master Shiva,” which is the longest track on the album at 9:27, as gathered from the song title and the lyrics (Kali Ma - Hindu goddess of shakti/devi, all other Hindu goddesses are considered her "manifestations in different light," and the mention of Shiva - the Hindu god of destruction) it's about worshiping mythical Hindu deities. This track is particularly doomy, and really demonstrates Necros Christos' masterful songwriting ability. The tempo ranges from crawling to blistering. "Descending into the Kinly Tomba" features a fantastic solo about 2:25 in, as does "Necromatique Nun" at 2:51 in; the solo at the end of "Necromatique Nun" might be the best moment in this massive 75-minute composition.

Influences could easily come from Purtenace's one album, Autopsy, Hellhammer, or any number of old school death metal bands, but it's also steeped partly in doom. This album is really a perfect example of structural death metal perfection.

HIGHLIGHTS: "Invoked from Carrion Slumber," "Doom of Kali Ma – Pyramid of Shakti Love – Flame of Master Shiva," "Succumbed to Sarkum Phagum," "The Pharaonic Dead," "Descending into the Kinly Tomba," as well as "Gate 2" - the best of the interludes.



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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 27th 2012


19933 Comments


Like I said your last review was good. but no more than 2 reviews a day brotha ;)

Digging: Coldworld - Melancholie

ffs
September 27th 2012


4880 Comments


is this actually good or does it sound like all the other incantation bands

ShadowRemains
September 27th 2012


21113 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is ok, but father befouled, grave miasma, etc. do this better

Digging: Execration (NOR) - Morbid Dimensions

TheSpirit
September 27th 2012


17931 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really liked this album

TheSpirit
September 27th 2012


17931 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You make this sound way more eccentric than it really is though

illuminatus917
September 27th 2012


35 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

is this actually good or does it sound like all the other incantation bands

What bands are you talking about exactly?

It's most similar to bands like Grave Miasma or Sonne Adam, but if you're a fan of Grave, Asphyx, Proclamation, etc. you might like it as well. And I don't consider those bands "incantation," so...

This is a pretty eccentric album, TheSpirit. It's basically a death metal folk opera, and I don't hear many of those so I think eccentric is a pretty good way to describe it.



illuminatus917
September 27th 2012


35 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

BTW I see you're "digging" Fell Voices. Kudos on that.

I corresponded with one of the guys in the band recently and they're in the writing process; he said they're set to have a new album out in early 2013.

zaruyache
September 27th 2012


6932 Comments


There's no energy here. Stale.

Digging: Ardour Loom - Demo

alachlahol
September 27th 2012


7501 Comments


summary makes me wonder whether youve heard music listen to winter and die

zaruyache
September 28th 2012


6932 Comments


^ I don't even understand what that means, bc the summary at the top just says that this album is good.

ShadowRemains
September 28th 2012


21113 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it's implying that other bands could only dream to make an album like this, which certainly is not true

illuminatus917
September 28th 2012


35 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's implying that other bands could only dream to make an album like this, which certainly is not true

Why is it not? Maybe it would be more accurate to say "If they can, they've chosen not to." Point me to some records like this one and I'll change the summary.

ShadowRemains
September 29th 2012


21113 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Point me to some records like this one and I'll change the summary.


sonne adam

illuminatus917
September 29th 2012


35 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sonne adam

Admittedly, Transformation would be the closest I've heard too.



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