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Invocation of Blasphemy
February 2014
Released: 2013, Self-released/independent
Rating: 2.0/5
Reviewer: UK Team

Hailing from depths of Milan, Italy, Necroshine are a four-piece blackened death metal band who promise that their latest album Invocation of Blasphemy will present 'eight tracks of pure black/death metal'. Well, Invocation of Blasphemy certainly does what it says on the tin; after one listen through even the most placid of people will find themselves feeling decidedly more evil. A barrage of blastbeats provide consistent aural aggression throughout, so much so that you have to take your hat off to drummer Stefano; it can't be easy to batter a drum kit like that.

Vocally, it sounds as if death metal and grind had a particularly malevolent baby and the guitars will keep even the most avid of second-wave black metal fans appeased. Unfortunately, this stuff gets churned out regularly by skinny, corpse-painted hordes in Darkthrone shirts and this just another one on the list. Occasional sloppy musicianship and largely uninspired riffs won't impress those who are (rightly so) expecting a bit more. It was mentioned that this album does what it says on the tin, and it does, but nothing more. Plenty of build-ups ultimately lead nowhere and only scratch the surface of the sheer brutality that this genre has to offer. Opener 'Lust in Sin' provides the most enjoyment with what is easily the best riff on the album and a vigorous tirade of energy, but a truly limp cover of Venom's 'Black Metal' concludes proceedings in a now-to-be-expected disappointing fashion.

Another downside to Invocation of Blasphemy is that every track bears a striking similarity to the last. Of course, original ideas can be hard to come by but I can't help thinking that the lads certainly could have shaken it up a bit as there are plenty of bands that do this without anything becoming tedious. Surely a band who have been assaulting the ears of the underground since 2001 should have got this nailed by now? That being said, there is potential here, but potential means little after a thirteen year career. Here's hoping that Necroshine take some lessons from the masters before their next release and provide us with a truly gripping compendium of abhorrence.

Review by Beth Avison
Track Listing

1. Lust in Sin
2. Osculum Obscenum
3. Crown of Thorns
4. Invocation of Blasphemy
5. Heretica
6. In Heaven You Will Burn
7. Another Feather of Your Saints' Wings Has Broken
8. Black Metal (Venom cover)


Marco - Vocals
Matteo - Guitar
Kolaz - Bass
Stefano - Drums

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