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Neker – Slower

by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 21 August 2021, 9:46 AM

From their Bandcamp page, “Slower” is a slow, dark and heavy album. While maintaining a strong identity, it ranges from tight and violent songs to melodic ambient ones with slow dark riffs. The album contains eleven tracks. “Nosferatu” leads off the album. It opens with sludgy, muted bass notes before the main riff drops. It’s slow, and nasty, and full of feedback. Some spoken words mix in, as the band pushes the sound slowly down your throat. “Like There’s no Tomorrow” begins with a faster pace, but those sludgy elements dominate the sound. The vocals are both harsh and clean, but the murky landscape stretches on for what seems like miles.

“Too Fierce” begins with a slow dissonance, coming from a thicker than peanut-butter bass line, and some lead notes. The main riff is just a bit trite…something that you have heard before. I daresay some Grunge elements make their presence known here as well. “Another One” features a bit of a more despondent sound, complete with some light Progressive elements. Some of the chord progressions are odd. “A Kind of Pain” is closer to the Hardcore genre, with angry, shouted vocals and some thick rhythm guitars. A bit of melody comes out in the chorus, but it is short-lived.

“Something from Nowhere” begins with more feedback, and some thick bass lines. This kind of beleaguered sound just gets old after a while…do I really need close to eight-minutes of this, over and over? “Pretty Fucking Far from OK” features more of those sludgy riffs, but a change in tempo. The droning sound is just repeated again, with plenty of bleakness to go around. After a while, you begin to drown yourself in the doomy elements of their music, but there isn’t much in the way of diversity or originality. “Laura Palmer’s Theme” is about the infamous ghost of the TV show “Twin Peaks.” The deadly music is at least more interesting here, with perhaps the slowest grind on the album, and very little vocals…mostly spoken words from presumably the title character.

“The World I Waiting For” hears more of the bass notes taking center stage again, and some smoother vocals. The depressive sound is both powerful and emotional here…they are finally onto something fairly original. “Deception of the Guardian” closes the album, with a hasty pace, that drops pretty quickly and is replaced by more boring, simple riffs. At this point, the album has offered as much as it’s going to, and I just need to move on.

Overall, this grim sound does not much vary from the annals of BLACK SABBATH, which laid the foundation decades ago. So, there isn’t much room for additional originality in this style of music. The bass as the main instrument is a smart choice for the style, because it can go very, very low in the registry, and can really pump this kind of murky, gloomy music deep into your veins. But too many of the songs sound the same, and after a while, begin to blur together. It’s too unilateral for me.

Songwriting: 5
Musicianship: 7
Memorability: 3
Production: 6

2 Star Rating

1. Nosferatu
2. Like There's No Tomorrow
3. Too Fierce
4. Another One
5. A Kind Of Pain
6. Something From Nowhere
7. Pretty Fucking Far From Ok
8. The Birth Of Pain
9. Laura Palmer's Theme
10. The World I Waiting For
11. Deception Of The Guardian
N E K E R – Bass/Lead Vocals
Alessandro Eusebi – Guitars
Daniele Alessi – Drums
Record Label: Time to Kill Records


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