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Calix. Utero. Babalon.
September 2013
Released: 2013, Funeral Industries
Rating: 5.0/5
Reviewer: UK Team

It has been a long, black seventeen years since Necromass put out their last album, and given that it was rather well received, the Italian’s are probably glad to have Necromass back in their nation’s scene.

Calix. Utero. Babalon. is highly orthodox, and some may question the need for a comeback, with its clingy, discordant guitar riffs and standard raspy vocals it is very much the same old story we have heard echoed a million times before, not only by Necromass’s peers, but also by their own fans.

Each individual song possess very little variation or identity, there are no dramatic shifts or unique moments, just several plodding numbers of straight ahead black metal.

With no elements of excitement or even good old fashioned nostalgia, there are certainly stains of low effort return album drudgery, and while no tracks are in fact particularly bad, it’s just how many tracks on this album that are “not quality” that really drives this record into a poor-scoring territory. This album is highly forgettable, an if bought, just another CD on the Shelf; which is quite the opposite of what the worldwide black metal front needs right now.

Whilst being generic and frankly, mundane, the record isn’t grating or obviously bad, it just offers a walk in the park when you want a tidal wave of destruction. Offering this to a serious black metal fan is like feeding a pack of ravenous wolves a cheese sandwich or two, it’s pretty standard and easy to digest, but where is the blood?

Review by Jarod Lawley
Track Listing

01. Calix. Utero. Babalon.
02. Chapel of Abominations
03. Dawn of Silver Star
04. Vacuum
05. Scarlet Void of Lust
06. The Bornless One
07. Beyond the Veil of Shame and Glory
08. Stellae Rubae
09. Ad Luciferis Vim
10. Mater Triumphans


AIN SOPH AOUR - Bass and Vocals
JC CHAOS - Guitars
CHARUN - Drums

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