Monday, 14 July 2014

Album Review: NECROTHERION - Novus Ordo Seclorum

Novus Ordo Seclorum 
(Supreme Violence)

Reviewed by: Dave Wolff
Posted on July 2014

The vibe of black metal as personified by Mayhem and Darkthrone (besides the “cult” bands that emerged during the 90s) has been captured quite convincingly on this album. Northern Appalachia’s Necrotherion refer to their music as cold, raw, melodic black metal. As I checked this out I could perceive the cold and raw elements, while I perceived the melodic aspect as being more of a dissonant quality. All these together complete a formula that leave you with the sensation of having visited ancient ruins, seeing the crumbling remains of a long gone civilization, and even sensing some traces of those who dwelled there. Necrotherion have the capability to send chills up your spine, much to your delight if you appreciate black metal arranged and performed in this manner. There are guitar solos that add an intriguing counterpoint to the abrasive bleakness of this CD. “Sodomistic Alchemy,” “Lamb Of Decadence,” Nihilistic Faith” and “Whispering Trees” are among the highlights here. 

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