Album Review Necronomicon – Canadian blackened death metal at its best

It’s been a long time coming for Necronomicon. The earliest formation of the band (by the way, I am talking about the Canadian blackened death metal outfit – not the German thrash metal band) goes all the way back to 1988. After establishing the band in the local scene with their first EP and the following debut album ‘Pharaoh of Gods’ (1999) it took another decade before the trio finally had their breakthrough on an international level with their 2010 release ‘Return Of The Witch’. Necronomicon’s growing fan base now welcomed the latest record ‘Advent of the Human God’.

The album starts with an 80-second, classical intro of epic proportions before the Canadians break into the first full song with ‘Advent of the Human God’. The title track keeps the keyboards as an element all the way through. However, the dramatic keyboards are merely the icing on top of a head-crushing mixture of black and death metal. Sure, the first track has elements of Dimmu Borgir but Necronomicon do not make the mistake of watering down their extreme approach to metal. The second full-length track ‘The Golden Gods’ is even more extreme as it completely abstains from using keyboards. Instead, we get double-bass action, dark riffs and variations of harsh vocals.

So far so good. Necronomicon have honed their craft over the years. The song writing is quite elaborate and far away from just trying to be the most brutal, fastest and whatever else band of the world. We see that mistake being made by young bands all too often. Necronomicon do not fall into that trap. Instead they keep the album fresh, interesting and always with a twist.  Epic interludes like ‘Okkultis Trinity’ and ‘Necronomicon’ alternate with aggressive and brutal master pieces like ‘Unification of the Four Pillars’, ‘I, Bringer of Light’ and ‘Alchemy of the Avatar’. Skilfully, they tread the fine line between black and death metal which in itself makes the album interesting.

The sound on ‘Advent of the Human God’ also shows that Necronomicon have matured. The album is certainly the most advanced and heaviest in production the band has released so far. All that without sounding too polished which keeps them firmly grounded on their more blackish roots. Just listen to the drums and you know what I mean.

Since their international breakthrough in 2010 Necronomicon had the chance to present their music to larger audiences at some major festivals worldwide. ‘Advent of the Human Gods’ picks up where the band left it with their last album. This should gain them more fans and more opportunities to tour overseas and in the US.

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