Released: 2015, Nuclear War Now!
Reviewer: Helias Papadopoulos
From the flame-trodden bowels of the great land of Greece come the three-man slaughterfest Necromancy, and here we have their EP album ANCIENT WRATH, a cool little blackened thrash gem courtesy. While this album is probably nothing you haven't heard before, it's still a pretty damn entertaining 25 minutes, totally chock-full of ferocious shredding, loads of riffs and all Satan, all the time. Let's dive into the flames.
They are one of the first true black metal acts of Greece and generally of Europe beginning with Rotting Christ and Varathron. Then some years after, the band has had a split-up, leaving behind a very special musical treasure of black metal.
This 12 MLP’s three songs still kick with solid old-school intensity and catchiness, beating out most other metal albums that try this same thing by a mile. The self-titled tracks are potential masterpieces, each a winding, rocking flurry of devilish times changes, moody bass and some appropriately badass galloping riffage and shredding solos. The third track, ‘Forbidden Rites’ is a personal favorite, trotting all the way to hell on a catchy stock NWOBHM-flavored main riff and a somewhat speed metal attitude. The sound is not infused with any computer technique crap. I hope that they will reunite in the future and will give us a special taste of their black metal with a better sound.
Overall, a damn fine, cool as hell itself metal album. The schizo tone of the evil vocals against the cleaner guitars may put off some who prefer their black/thrash metal more evened out in sound and delivery, and while “Nekromanteion – A Collection of Arcane Hexes” isn't the most original black metal album around, it's certainly a killer listen and very worthwhile. Lots of shredding, lots of riffs, lots of blasphemy. Recommended.