Released: 2013, Vicisolum Productions
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
After a few quiet years from the band, who have been going since 1998, they have reemerged with a brand new album and better than ever before. They formed in Tampa Bay in Florida in 1996 and despite their many line-up changes, have gone on to prove that they're a band worth listening to. The latest album comes after the sad news that the guitarist Jeff Parish, who had been with the band since 2007, had passed away. This new album 'Neogenesis' shows us just what we have been missing out on, waking up Death metal once again.
You are welcomed into track one 'Into Oblivion' with beautiful soft Church Choir, a calm before the storm then they introduce the hard powerful growl of the vocals and the pounding drums, I was not expecting such a kick in the face. The song plays in tune with the Choir Vocals in the background which works beautifully, it makes this track. Throughout this track there is a clear attention to detail from the band members. They have introduced a new approach to Black Metal, although still heavy there is still a sense of calm within the tracks, there is a certain emotion that is showing through. I am blown away just by that little bit of work that has gone into it. As well as having a good background sound, the Vocalist shows off with his powerful roar that instantly reminds me of 'Chimera' lead singer Mark Hunter. He has shown that he can shout, scream and sing in time with the beat and function of the instruments.
You are lead into track two ' metamorphosis' where you are blown away by the intensity of the instruments. The kick of the drums wake you up and you want to put you fists in the air and head bang - this is defiantly a mosh pit song. This song will get the crowd going. Half way into the song Tobias Jarsson kicks ass shredding a crazy guitar solo that brings the whole track alive. It is clear that they enjoy having Church Choir in there tracks, but can you blame them? It makes the tracks that bit more interesting and unique.
'Oracle' starts off with a long melodic opening, it slowly introduces the blistering and brutal, yet melodic and at times even beautiful track that is waiting on the other side of the opening. The band have outdone them selves with this track because it gives off the vibe that it is deeper, yet insane with more emotion shining through.
They calm the album with 'Ex', beautifully constructed taking you to whole new level; it is nice that they have put this in here. It shows off their musical talents within classical music as well as Black Metal. The calmness of the album doesn't last long as 'World in Silence' wakes you back up with harsh vocals and shredding of guitars; you are instantly taken back to the how the band should sound which is heavy as fuck.
The next couple of songs are hard, pounding, dark and deep. You learn soon enough that most of the album will have the same approach but it works with the story they are creating with this album.
'Reincarnation of the Damned' has a different sound to the rest of the tracks played so far. Although the track shows similarities to the others they have introduced a bit of Doom metal, slow and sludgy. They have used the hard heavy beat of drums but they have taken it down a notch - you can hear the bassist coming through within this track. The choir vocals - while not used as much as the previous two tracks - make this song so much better.
The album continues to impress me, with each track there is something new introduced, a new sound. Each rhythm and beat tears apart the album,opening up your eyes that there is something different out there in the Metal world.
The album comes to a close with 'Humanitas', Each sound has been created with such care; every little detail has made this track perfect and although it is the closing track you get a feeling that this is not the end. I cannot wait to hear more from this band.
This album is 100% worth a listen. Not only is it heavy, diverse and pounding, sometimes calm and beautiful, you get to know the band through their lyrics and their songs, you get a sense of where they are coming from with this album.
reviewed by Becky Brown