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Necromante - XI

Necromante
XI
by Ricardo Casagrande at 02 May 2022, 1:27 PM

NECROMANTE is a duo from the city of Contagem, in the Minas Gerais state of Brazil. They are categorized as a Black metal occult band, but possess traits of Thrash and Death metal. They formed in 2007 and released two demo’s in 2009 and in 2011, before the release of their first EP in 2014, The Primitive Conception of Evil. They released a live album in 2016 and then in 2017 came the first full length release The Magickal Presence of Occult Forces. Now in 2022 they have returned to summon up more followers with the new album XI.

After an intro the album opens up with the track “Lucifer Rising” and has a killer opening riff that forms itself into a more demonic Thrash metal tune. The drums on the track at times seem to be a bit off, or just trying to do a little too much. “Serpentine Fire” comes to life as if DEATH ANGEL had a more demented singing style. The guitar work is solid, jumping from ravenous speed riffs to a more classic Thrash metal gallop with a more occult flow. The drums are well worked into the song, more complimenting the music then being overbearing. The track “The Phoenix Glory” is a solo bass instrumental with a dark vibe that sounds really cool and is quite fitting for this album and the band in general. The album carries into the speed demon of a  track “XI (The Dark Night Of The Soul)”. The Reaper’s vocals are the key to this track, holding down the deeply dark and tormented growl to bring you an evil that matches the Black metal guitar and shaking double bass and pounding snare.

“Pentacle Of Fire” is a piano composition that seems like it could have been taken from an old black and white silent film of a mad scientist with Einstein-like hair, documenting his project before it takes a turn for the worse. Creatively pieced together and once again fits the vibe of the band perfectly. “Necro Fire Angel” is for me, the most complete track on the release as it incorporates Thrash, Black and Death metal. The drums are great throughout with fast rolls for fills and some creative segments that hold the track and rhythm intact. The next track “The Infernal Palace & The Red Death” starts off with a guitar and drum setup that leaves you guessing as to which direction the song will be heading. It leads into an occult Thrash metal track with driving guitar riffs and some pretty cool symbol work from Macabro that stand out and at the pace in which it is executed, is pretty impressive. The album finishes up with “Solve Et Coagula-Astra Light To The Kaos” which is another piano presentation and sync in which I would vote for it to be the opening of the black and white mad scientist as his ideas come to fruition.

The songs are well written as they take on the dark occult and black magical manner pretty well. The production of the album sounds like they are jammed out in a garage or were recorded live as they played together and were pieced together like that. Many creative pieces were added with the bass, piano and sync as G.C. shows a wide musical range. I would think that these guys could set up a pretty cool live show.

Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 7

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. The Equinox Of New Aeon
2. Lucifer Rising
3. Serpentine Fire
4. The Phoenix Glory
5. XI (The Dark Night Of The Soul)
6. Pentacle Of Fire
7. Necro Fire Angel
8. Sentence Of The Dead
9. The Infernal Palace & The Red Death
10. The Venom Between Gods
11. Solve Et Coagula - Atra Light To The Kaos
Lineup:
G.C. Reaper - Vocals, Guitars, Bass
Macabro Occulto - Drums
Record Label: Iron Bonehead Productions
     


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