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NEKHRAH – Cosmic Apostasy (Review)

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NEKHRAH – Cosmic Apostasy

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Release date: 2017
Label: Independent
Music Style: Death Metal
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Track list:

1. Acheron
2. Cosmic Apostasy
3. Closed Casket Funeral
4. Foredoomed
5. The Face of Pain
6. Acts of Troth
7. Nekhrotise
8. Let There Be Nothing

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Nekrah was first born in 2011 in Nicosia Cyprus. They started of with the name ‘Impalement’, and they independently released the digital only three track demo “Let There Be Nothing” (2014). A year later they changed their name to Nekhrah, and we’re happy to say that everything sounds better now. Their first demo sounded groovy and melodic and there were definitely some elements of Lamb Of God in there. Don’t worry though, they still play groovy Death metal and everything sounds ‘sharper’.

Nekhrah delivered a great Album with “Cosmic Apostasy”. The neck breaking Intensity is kept across all tracks within a compact running time of just about 30 minutes. “Open Casket Funeral” and “Foredoomed” are the strongest tracks here and I can see any live crowd going wild on these. You can feel the high Production Value and the love and effort they have put into this product.  The album sounds consistent all the way through. There is a very pleasant and ‘groovy’ rhythm section atmosphere that works incredibly well with the ‘tight’ guitars and the well played riffs.

The music in general, ‘fits’ in the Swedish death metal bracket, with a little bit of Slayer and Bolt Thrower vibes mixed in. They even go a little punk when needed and there’s an In Flames vibe to “Closed Casket Funeral” that despite the ‘ripping’ vocals, squeezes in enough groove and melody that makes you wanna headbang!

Vocals can be a ‘love or hate’ situation. They are harsh and shrieky, vicious and heavily processed.  Sounds like the perfect companion for the lyrical themes of misanthropy and self-destruction. And it is! The vocal range is there, the references to Glen Benton exist but I believe that there is some variety missing. I would love a less ‘flat’ and more well rounded and bigger ‘in your face’ sound with some clean parts carefully passed in when the music ‘demands’ it. I would love to hear a little bit more variations on the song writing and the vocal style.

Sound production wise, everything sounds balanced and as ‘dirty’ as it should. The ‘thin’ vocals are ripping through the ‘muddy’ and heavy sounding guitar ‘wall’ and the rhythm section sounds ‘clear’ but I would like it a bit more punchy and ‘bassy’. In general Cosmic Apostasy sound-wise is standing somewhere between mainstream and underground. Sounds better than most of the independent releases out there, but not as good as the ‘big ones’.

Cosmic Apostasy is worth your time if you are a fan of Death Metal. Quality is consistent among all the songs with decent songwriting, a furious pace throughout and a unique ‘almost underground’ charm. There is no doubt that these guys are onto something. If you are into no frills, bone crushing death metal definitely check them out.

Furious and charming
75%

Very Good

Cosmic Apostasy is worth your time if you are a fan of Death Metal. Quality is consistent among all the songs with decent songwriting, a furious pace throughout and a unique ‘almost underground’ charm. There is no doubt that these guys are onto something. If you are into no frills, bone crushing death metal definitely check them out.

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