Monday, February 13, 2012

Necronomicon/Invictus/Massacre Records/2012 CD Review

Necronomicon are a band from Germany that started out playing black/thrash metal but have evolved more into a thrash band with a power metal edge and this is a review of their 2012 album "Invictus" which was released by Massacre Records.

Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with some blast beats being thrown in at times, while the bass playing has a very strong and powerful sound with riffs that dominate throughout the recording.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast thrash/speed/power metal riffs that do not have the black metal influence of the early albums except for the re recorded and live tracks in addition there is a brief use of soft and clean playing being used on a few songs, while the lead guitars are very meldoic sounding 80's metal guitar solos and leads, as for the acoustic guitars when they are utilized they use full chords to bring a classic rock felling to the music.

Vocals are a mixture of thrash style growls and rough style power metal clean singing with some samples being thrown in at times as well as spoken word parts, while the lyrics cover dark themes, as for the production it has a very strong, powerful and professional sound to it and the bonus tracks where recorded live.

In my opinion while I prefer the older material from Necronomicon and have only heard the first 2 albums they style play a decent form of power/thrash and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Unleashed" "Upon Black Wings" "Possessed By Evil" and "Magic Forest". RECOMMENDED BUY.

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