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jools green
18th July 2017
Jools Green


Swedish blackened thrashers Nekrokraft are bringing a frosty aural assault to North America with their debut full length, 'Will O' Wisp'.

The album has already been released in late 2016 in parts of Europe as a CD and limited edition 12" vinyl through The Sign Records and was preceded by two singles which are also on the album, namely 'Will O' Wisp' and 'Hellfire', and is also out on iTunes but the quartet have now set their sights further afield with physical copies, the preferred medium of most Metal fans.

The album also follows their 2012 EP 'Witches Funeral (Born In Fire)' and soundwise is less of an acerbic composition and a touch more refined than the EP but equally as good and with a touch more of a thrash leaning.

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Saying that, this latest offering is still not so much blackened thrash as thrashy Black Metal but however this mix of genres is presented its still a winner if you can't resist a good chunk of Black'n'Thrash in any combination and this is just that.

It's melodic yet brutal, has a bit of an old school feel and the rawness of the riffing is offset nicely with subtle symphonics and choral elements as on 'Forestlurker' and album title track 'Will O' Wisp'.

Angst's vocals cover a good spectrum, from a vitriolic hiss to a deeper blackened growl and tempo wise the album is delivered at a varied pace from a slower plod to outright furiousness, so it's ever changing and constantly interesting.

Opening track, 'Ov Hell', demands your attention from the start and has you hooked with its burst of stunning mid point lead work and there's a good mix of plodding, punchy intense riffs that soar and spiral with frantic abandon on 'Worship'.

Ov Hell
Will O' Wisp
Armageddon Unleashed

'Will O' Wisp' was mixed by Joona Hassinen in Studio Underjord and mastered by Tore Stjerna in Necromorbus Studio and the artwork is by Mattias Frisk.

The album is well worth a listen particularly if you like bands ranging from early Dimmu Borgir to early Skeletonwitch and is available once again via The Sign Records.




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