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Nephelium
Coils Of Entropy
February 2012
Released: 2012, Indie
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: JP

In 2011 the Canadian Academy Of Recording Arts And Sciences (CARAS) made an announcement of interest to the Canadian Metal community. Namely they announced that after a 17-year hiatus, Canada’s national music recognition program (aka the Juno Awards) would be rejoining the rest of the civilized world and re-establishing the Metal Category for the 2011. By the time this review goes to publication, it is possible they will have announced the final nominees for the category, with the winner to be presented the award at the end of April, 2012. In the spirit of supporting underground Canadian Metal I’ve decided to do a spotlight on some Canadian acts. I feel these are some excellent Metal records from across Canada. The other artists in this spotlight are Anonymus, Demisery, Final Darkness, Gales Of Avalon, Magnetic, Morningless and Villianizer. Feel free to read the reviews of these albums.



Nephelium are another ambitious entry in the crowded and competitive field of Death Metal. This quartet is not brand new however they have been around for a decade issuing a demo and an EP. The band was formed in the city of Dubai, and settled in Toronto Canada, and have released their debut album in early 2012. It is a good-looking CD, nice cover art, lyrics with a good layout and design. First impressions still count for something, ya can’t go wrong with a spiky metal logo/font!



COILS OF ENTROPY like most quality Death Metal is a short, seven track, 45 minute blast to the head. The band is not afraid to stretch out with their compositions and arrangements as a couple of tunes are close to the 10-minute mark. There are do many shades of grey when it comes to accurately describing Death Metal in it's many permutations. Is it 'technical'? Is it 'brutal' ? Is it 'progressive'? Nephelium have found a pretty sweet spot kinda combining a number of the aforementioned shades of grey into a fairly raging monster. Therein lies the potential problem. Is it brutal enough for the gore hounds? Maybe not. Is it technical enough for the musicians? Perhaps. Is it captivating enough to want to listen to again and again? Most certainly.



The vocals are deep and gruff, in the classic style, the guitars are drenched in blood and heavy as hell and the guys are tight, executing many interesting tempo changes and variations without losing sight of the song. It's quite diverse but retains that classic 90's Death Metal sound, I'd suggest they have a bit more of a North American sound than a European sound.



Relentless, pounding, challenging and still listenable COILS OF ENTROPY manages to walk a razors edge of a myriad of Death Metal styles and still pull it off. Nephelium are a welcome addition to the Canadian scene.
Track Listing

1. Burial Ground
2. Merciless Annihilation
3. Hellborne
4. Malediction
5. Halls of Judgement
6. Coils of Entropy

Lineup

Devlin Anderson Vocals
Alex Zubair Guitars
James Sawyer Guitars
Florian Ravet Bass
Alan Madhavan Drums

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