Necronomicon are a band from Germany that has had music reviewed before in this zine and where a part of both the first wave of black metal and the 80's German thrash metal scene and over the years have evolved into more of a power/thrash metal direction and this is a review of their 2020 album "Invictus" which was released by Metal Scrap Records.
Spoken word and thunder samples start off the album before going into more of a heavier and melodic musical direction. Blast beats can also be heard in the faster sections of the songs while the riffs also add in a great amount of thrash metal elements and the vocals a redone in a very rough and melodic fashion and adding in touches of power metal.
Most of the music is also very heavily rooted in the 80's while also mixing it with a more modern day aggression. Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with some clean playing also being added into some parts of the recording.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic yet old school style along with the spoken word samples also making a return on some of the later tracks as well as adding in a brief use of synths, all of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them and as the album progresses a brief use of acoustic guitars and stringed instruments can also be heard. the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Evil, Death, Satanism, Occultism, Mythology, and Suffering themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Necronomicon and if you are a f an of power, thrash and first wave black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Invictus" "Thoughts Running Free" "Upon Black Wings" and "Possessed By Evil". 8 out of 10.