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Nekromantheon: Divinity of Death
Thrash Metal
Vendlus Records
February 15th, 2011
Release length: 29:17
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Nekromantheon is a Thrash band that formed back in 2005 in Norway. The group hasn’t had much exposure, though they did issue an EP in 2007, as well as a split release in 2008 with the Japanese act, Abigail. However, for 2010, the band managed to issue this, their debut full-length effort, Divinity of Death, as well as another split release with the band Audiopain, which was release twelve days after the initial overseas release of Divinity of Death. While this was the original overseas release, the States are seeing a much later release date, coming in just shy of one year after it’s release through Vendlus Records. Considering how long it took to get here, is it worth the extra exposure?

Well, the album does nicely live up to the Thrash label, as many of the songs on here will make you want to mosh or just completely destroy everything in your path with it’s dirty, blistering material. Divinity of Death clearly takes advantage of many heavier and more evil sounding artists from the earlier days of Thrash, such as Kreator and Sodom, hammering away with great speed and, in many cases, a fantastic brutality that can often feel as if inspired by many of today’s Death/Thrash Metal acts. “Gringo Death” starts the recording off in this manner, being a ravaging track that focuses on intensity through speed and an all around brutalizing fashion. Though it does set the foundation for the album, it’s not the only approach the band manages to take.

Aside that rather punishing sound that most of the tracks here contain, some of the material on Divinity of Death also manages to bring in a groove to it, such as the following track, “The Point of No Return”. It doesn’t last long though, as the song meerly starts off with this sound, which actually sounds pretty good for the group in addition to their solid blistering and sinister Thrash foundation. Not only does this sound add a nice little extra element of variety to the music, but the band manages to transition it well during various songs, such as during “The Point of No Return” where the music goes at a more mid-tempo pace, then eventually transitions into the faster approach found on “Gringo Death”. “Tortured in Tartaros” manages to break the mold a bit, managing to keep that Groove sound in some of the slower moments, but at the same time manages to pull it off through a more chugging guitar performance that sounds unique to the album against it’s fast paced thrashing guitar chords. You also have many of the shorter tracks here, such as “Further Beyond”, which seem to showcase a more technical side of the band, but yet has a slight influence being drawn from earlier Punk influenced Thrash material without breaking into the Crossover Thrash territory.

Musically, the album is intense from start to finish. The production on the recording is quite enjoyable, and really just has that feel of today’s Thrash revival sound, being somewhat raw, but still clearly being digital and much more clear then the recordings that obviously inspired the act. Aside that, the vocals for this album are spot on, being the traditional rhaspy style that has enough of an emphasis and energetic performance to make them sound a little desperate and, like in the case of “Further Beyond”, almost sadistic and as evil as the music comes off to be on this and many other tracks for the recording. The only issue with this is that this seems to really impact the shorter songs, whereas the longer songs seem to have a more restrained and traditional Thrash vocal approach through rhaspy vocals that don’t offer a lot of range, but are still rather energetic and manage to fit the song in an early Venom sense so that it doesn’t detract from the music. The only track on here that genuinely feels a bit of a let down, but not necessarily in the vocal department, is “Alcoholy Terror”, which is a song that just feels like an anger and booze fueled Thrash romp, but at the same time doesn’t really capture the highlights of the band that shine throughout the recording, and meerly comes off more as a cheap staple song of generic Thrash ideals then anything else.

All in all, Divinity of Death is a nice piece of Thrash that is well worth looking into. Nekromantheon do an excellent job of capturing the earlier, more sinister sounding side of the style, and while some tracks may feel a little restrained vocally, the music on the release is full of blistering Thrash Metal assaults with some groovier material, as well as some Punk influences thrown in for good measure. While it may have taken the band a good five years to issue this release, six if you’re in the States and just now hearing about the band, it’s well worth the wait as the material here doesn’t feel rushed in any way, and is just solid, well done, and energetic Thrash Metal from start to the slightly bitter end.

01. Gringo Death – 4:13
02. The Point of No Return – 2:53
03. Cry Havoc – 2:53
04. Divinity of Death – 3:12
05. Lex Talionis – 0:42
06. Devolutionary Storms – 3:15
07. Tortured in Tartaros – 1:49
08. Further Beyond – 2:12
09. Acid Visions – 1:34
10. Psyanide – 3:59
11. Alcoholy Terror – 2:35
Overall Score: 9/10


Digital review copy of this release provided by Vendlus Records.