Norwegian Black Metal still breathes.
When one thinks that all is said and done, then comes the new Nordjevel album to prove us otherwise. Necrogenesis comes maintaining the Nordic tradition of Black Metal, but the fact is, it’s not the different sound that bands like Vreid, Borknagar, IHSAHN and Enslaved do.
It’s is something more like Taake and Tsjuder with Immortal production.
The sound is pure black metal, don’t you dare having any doubt about it, but is it original?
Sunset Glow starts off the album with a decent sound, but it has nothing great about it in its 3-something minute.
However, Devilry comes with a melodic sound, but fast as the speed of light, so this song is dead on! Some non-atonal riffs permeate the whole song and there’s even a syncopated drumming in the midst of it.
The Idea Of One-Ness is very complex music, although never going to “experimental” or “avant-garde” side of the force.
Black Lights From The Void remembers me Dark Funeral in it’s slow-paced moments. It’s melodic and not so creative, whereas is not boring at all.
Conversely Amen Whores, although the great chorus, it’s not that impressive.
The Fevered Lands is a great track, fast as hell, noisy and somewhat confusing, somewhat fitting in the general proposal of the album.
Nazarene Necrophilia is less noisy, backing to the “melodic” black metal, (I’m not talking Dimmu Borgir here), now this one remembering Immortal mainly in the involuntary nods to thrash metal.
The complexity of Apokalusis Eschation makes it one of the best songs of the album. A myriad of nuances, earworm riffs, just great.
The epic Panzerengel, the song that packs the album has something of spectacular in it, larger than life track with Wagnerian vibes.
Necrogenesis might not be original, it resounds (as aforementioned, Taake, Immortal, Dark Funeral a lot), but the complexity, the familiarity with the instruments, the somewhat gritty mastering, all points to an excellent opus. It’s difficult to dislike it. It’s difficult to try and find flaws in it. Once one hears it one knows he’s in a conundrum between originality and professionalism. The latter wins.
Necrogenisis is out now on Osmose Production.
Daniel “Roderick Totentanz” Death)