Psyclon Nine – Icon of the Adversary

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/label: Metropolis Records
Released: 2018
Buy Album: https://psyclonnine.bandcamp.com/album/icon-of-the-adversary
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/psyclonnineofficial

Band line-up:

Nero Bellum – vocals, guitar, synth
Rotny Ford – guitars, synth
Sevin – synth

 

Tracklisting:

1. Christsalis
2. Crown Of The Worm
3. The Light Of Armageddon
4. Beware The Wolves
5. Warm What’s Hollow
6. Behold An Icon
7. When The Last Stars Die
8. And With Fire
9. Give Up The Ghost
10. The Last

 

Review:

Five years since their last album, Psyclon Nine has released what is their sixth studio album. Nero Bellum claims to have had to go to a ‘very dark place’ to make it, which should be all the recommendation anyone needs.

Stylistically, it is a little different from their previous work. There’s far more in the way of eerie, atmospheric electronica on the album than I’ve heard in their releases, which is no bad thing in and of itself. Opening track ‘Christsalis’ falls into this category, with a slow, relentless rhythm. ‘Crown of the Worm’ has a real MM and the Spooky Kids sound to it, dark and pounding. ‘The Light of Armageddon’ is one of the better numbers, with a very cool and memorable rhythm. The best track on the album by a country mile is ‘And With Fire’, which even in its simplicity is a true earworm – proving once again that riffs don’t need to be overly complex to be good.

Overall though, whilst this is undoubtedly a good enough release, it’s too much filler to be worthy of classic status. Yes, the bits that are good are worth a listen, but the cerebral, ambient sections don’t quite hit the mark for me. I’m not sure there’s enough here to satisfy the majority of industrial fans, so whilst I enjoyed it, I wouldn’t go out of your way to pick it up.

Review by Bob Davidson
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