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Necrite: Sic Transit Gloria Mundi
Ambient, Black Metal, Drone
Flenser Records
November 2nd, 2010
Release length: 1:10:12
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Necrite is a bit of an odd band combination, but it’s really one that shouldn’t shock a lot of people, especially those with their ears to the underground Black Metal world. In fact, given the amount of experimentation in the Black Metal world as it is, this band almost seems to perfectly fit in with all the new waves and movements within the field. Necrite, a California based act, formed back in 2004, and since then have issued five demo releases prior to Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, their debut full-length offering. This release offers five songs total, but, combined, they reach roughly seventy minutes of chaotic Black Metal that simply doesn’t stop, which is a good thing since, once the album start to get into motion, you’re not going to want it to stop.

With track lengths that reach nearly thirty minutes in length, it’s hard to sit down and analyze the songs down to the basic fundamentals, mostly due to the fact that these basic fundamentals of the song’s structure seem to grow, distort, or ultimately change as the songs carry on. There’s plenty going on through these tracks that the listener can sometimes feel overwhelmed by it, but still highly delighted with the flow at which the songs carry on, making these long tracks feel as if they had only been meer minutes worth of material. Necrite manages to bring in an Ambient/Droning sound to their Black Metal sound nicely, creating a truly chaotic sound through the distortions used that often override the drums and can make some of the music simply sound like white noise. The drumming on this album is fantastic and always works well with whatever direction the guitars pull it in, especially during the longer tracks like “A Mass for the Harvest of Death” and even “Sic Transit Gloria Mundi”, a twenty seven plus minute song that simply does not get boring and has enough going on in it’s music to keep the listen fully attentive.

While the Black Metal being played on this release is well done, on it’s own, it wouldn’t stand out much in the style’s world. However, the Droning and Ambient aspects that seem to take the place of bridges on more then one occassion per song really helps the album to stand on it’s own two feet stronger. Typically, the music follows the traditional kind of Droning pattern, through the guitars with the drumming backing everything up to create a noise that can practiclaly hypnotize the listener. However, the production quality to this release winds up being a little raw, though not so much that it sounds horrible. Instead, they utilize that, as well as a good amount of vocal distortion to have the vocalist yell, creating a nice overlayered element of white noise as it drones on. This is where the band really shines and manages to keep the tracks fresh and highly enjoyable. “Bereft of Hope” makes for an absolutely punishing track that is simply heavy and burdening while retaining a very strong chaotic atmosphere that keeps the listener aware and edgy though most of the track. Of course, the shorter tracks show some great intensity behind them, focusing more on brutality through the music itself and not the chaos that these Droning and Ambient aspects create. The drumming on “Bathing Open Wounds with Shards of Glass” has such fury in the entire performance that, through most of the song, it becomes quite intimidating, making it a song that many who listen to this release will immediately flock back to.

Another perk to this release would be that some tracks seem to bleed into one another. Going back to the blistering track “Bathing Open Wounds with Shards of Glass”, the song just comes at you hard and fast, having it’s share of ambient distortion going on throughout the song, which closes simply on that distortion/white noise sound. This sound is short on that track, but carries over into the start of “Sic Transit Gloria Mundi”, and eventually takes about four minutes through the start of the song before anything really happens, and even then it’s simply guitars that create a Droning sound to the song with vocals screaming and wailing over it, sometimes overlayered to give the effect of multiple persons screaming, giving off an insanely haunting and secluded feeling to the track and causing it to really stand out. Of course, much of this changes throughout the song, shifting from a focus to the white noise Ambience to a Droning sound, to being pushed by chaotic and frightening vocals. Of course, this song does take some time to go through, and there are moments in this one that do feel a bit excessive and drawn out, especially at the start and end of “Sic Transit Gloria Mundi” with the wind white noise that is carried over. The closing track “Worship the Sunn ((O))” at least changes up the method of creating the Ambience, but that’s all it is. The track utilizes some voices in the background that are typically harmonized with an insanely down tunes guitar being played with small, simple chords, paced a little more then one woould expect, with white noise throughout it, which is aiding the distortion of the guitar. This song, for Ambience, is not half bad compared to some of the approaches used through the album that simply become similar, but after a while, having this song at seven and a half minutes can feel like overkill.

Of course, the problem here is that eventually, the album will start to lose some of it’s appeal. While the Ambience works nicely for the album, much of that white noise sound utilized sounds exactly the same, just with the volume podded up or down moreso then before. That and some of the segways, again, are basically the same, causing some of these elements to become repetitive after a good while. But, other then that, Six Transit Gloria Mundi proves to be an impressive debut album by Necrit. Unfortunately, the band has a few kinks to iron out, but this release shows great promise for the band in the long run, as well as presents a chaotic, burdening sound that many Black Metal fans will simply eat up at first. While the album may have it’s repetitive moments, there’s no denying that the overall intensity through the album, whether it be the shorter, faster songs, or the slower, heavier tracks of the album, will have listeners coming back periodically for another fix.

01. A Mass for the Harvest of Death – 16:04
02. Bereft of Hope – 11:33
03. Bathing Open Wounds With Shards of Glass – 7:55
04. Sic Transit Gloria Mundi – 27:07
05. Worship the Sunn ((O)) – 7:33
Overall Score:7.5 /10


Digital review copy of this release provided by Flenser Records.