Nebiros / Nekromanteion: In Commvnio Tenebrae

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Nebiros / Nekromanteion: In Commvnio Tenebrae
Black Metal, Death Metal
Iron Bonehead Productions
January 27th, 2014
Release length: 11:30
Lately, Iron Bonehead Productions has been really focused on churning out smaller releases from bands. Once again we find the label pitting two underground Black Metal groups together for a brand new seven-inch split release titled In Commvnio Tenebrae. Enlisted for this effort are Columbia’s Nebiros, who have a sizeable amount of releases under their belt already despite a ten year hiatus between 1996 to 2006, and Bolivia’s Nekromanteion, a three-piece that formed in 2011 and only issued one demo a this point. But do these two end up being a perfect match, or is these two songs just not even worth your time?

Nebiros starts things off with a hazy acoustic introduction fans of The Doors or even mellowed Black Sabbath can appreciate, crashing in with the drums and sharpened riffs as if preparing to start a live performance. Ninety seconds later you’re greeted with a mid-tempo pace that tricks you into expecting an increase in speed around the two minute mark, which doesn’t actually hit until a little later. The song itself isn’t the most impressive, or even that memorable outside having some catchy riffs and a sudden shift into some depressing music just past the four minutes that gives way to a much richer song you wish made up the first four minutes instead of the tease as things are wrapping up.

On the other side is “Occult Revelations” by Nekromanteion. The keyboard introduction makes you feel as though you stumbled upon the start of an occult ritual that lasts a good eighty seconds. Like “Yo Pecador” the music is rather raw, but much more blunt in comparison to the sharper chord and pitch. The deeper growls have a nice echo that plays into the ritualistic setting the opening established, and even some of the lyrics come across like some kind of dark prayer to a being of the underworld. “Occult Revelations” gets right to the point as soon as the music kicks in as well, wasting no time in trying to convert you, though the audio quality does leave a little more to be desired from the lower drums and rather hollow sounding guitars.

The contribution from Nebiros isn’t anything special at all, which is sad considering how long they have been in existence. If you specialize in an appreciation for Columbian Black Metal, you’ll more than likely get a bigger kick our of this than most. But, when it comes to quality, Nekromanteion definitely steal the show with a track that establishes an atmosphere right off the bat, and maintains it until the end. While both bands aren’t going to blow you away, “Occult Revelations” definitely ends up justifying grabbing In Commvnio Tenebrae, or at the very least checking it out on-line somewhere if it happens to be streaming.

Nebiros:
01. Yo Pecador – 5:58

Nekromanteion:
02. Occult Revelations – 5:32

Initial Pressing Score: 6/10

Nebiros
Nebiros

Nekromanteion
Nekromanteion

Digital review copy of this release provided by Iron Bonehead Productions.