Necromante – The Magickal Presence of Occult Forces

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label: Iron Bonehead
Distributor/label URL: http://www.ironbonehead.de/
Released: October 2017
Buy Album: https://ironboneheadproductions.bandcamp.com/album/necromante-the-magickal-presence-of-occult-forces
Band Website: www.facebook.com/templodonecromante/

BAND LINE-UP:

Arquimedes : Vocal/Guitar/Flute
Okvlto: Drums/Percusions
G.C Reaper : Bass/Back Vocal

TRACKLISTING:

1. In the Wings of the Dark Mother
2. Secret Eye
3. Nekrokosmick Pentagram
4. Occult Cult
5. Sirius 6
6. A’arab Zaraq
7. Initiation
8. Prelude to Movement…
9. Baphomet Movement
10. Enuma Elish

REVIEW:

Necromante was started about a decade ago in Brazil by two suitably black metal sounding chums, Arquimedes 666 and Okvlto. After going through various line-ups in that time and releasing a couple of demos, a live album and an EP, they have finally unleashed their debut full-length album.

I think it was Mozart who once wrote that he couldn’t bear the flute. Apparently this is because the instruments of the time were somewhat primitive and so were rarely in tune. Nowadays we no longer have that issue, and after listening to Necromante, I firmly believe flutes deserve a bigger piece of the pie on black metal recordings. In many respects this album has your archetypal black metal sound, with the exception of some amazing acoustic interludes (note the flute reference), which create a beautiful, ethereal atmosphere.

Stylistically, this is more of an old school, Darkthrone-y kind of affair, and the members list a suitably eclectic mix of theosophical influences, from Kabbalah to Crowley. There’s a cold, emptiness to it as a whole, and whilst they are undeniably musically tight and interesting, the way it has been mastered sounds primitive enough to be authentic. ‘A’arab Zaraq’ is one of the winners for me, sounding as much like a ritual as a song. (Bizarrely that was also an answer in a pub quiz I was at the other night – spooky).

All in all, I would have to say that it’s the acoustic sections that really set this band apart. ‘Enuma Elish’ is a really interesting finisher, and manages to remain completely metal whilst being a delicate acoustic instrumental. If there’s one thing these chaps aren’t, it’s one-dimensional – to the point where an acoustic side-project wouldn’t go amiss. Definitely a band to watch.

REVIEW BY BOB DAVIDSON
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