Released: 2000, Independent
Fun. I know that’s not the typical way of categorizing a brutal death metal band, but Necronaut just has that kind of aura going on around them. Necronaut comes to us out of Alberta with a sound that, to my ears, has more to do with European-styled death than say, Morbid Angel. Then again, maybe that’s just me. What is true is that it’s some pretty cool stuff.
Starting with the CD, it’s four tracks of Necro-metal. It’s all fairly basic death metal without being overly technical or showy. The playing is anything but tight but the band has a good grasp of groove, which gives otherwise full-on blast songs like “Necronaut” room to breathe. Weakest song of the bunch is opener “Vampire (Blood Moon)” which isn’t really bad, just kind of boring when compared to the rest of the disc. Also, the production quality of the songs varies widely between songs, making me think that this disc was recorded at different times. This is slightly distracting but for a demo it’s more then fine.
To the video. All I can say about the video is that if you’re going to watch it, you had better love homemade cheese. Obviously filmed on no budget whatsoever, Necronaut still manages to make the 45 minutes really entertaining. Basically it’s music videos for the 4 songs on UP FROM THE ASHES plus two more for covers of Sabbath’s “Children of the Grave” and Maiden’s “Hallowed Be Thy Name”. The cover of Sabbath is better but both are pretty cool. Vocalist Shane Horne is smart enough to not try and emulate Dickinson in the Maiden tune, instead opting for a cool mix of regular vocals and death growls. The rest is basically just a document of the band goofing off in their rehearsal space, doing wacky stuff like duct-taping each other to the floor and getting drunk. All in all, it’s a pretty cool video. Death fans be sure to visit: