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'Advent Of The Human God'
(Season of Mist)

jools green

Jools Green


Quality over quantity has always been a paramount factor in the music of Canadian Symphonic Blackened Death Metal veterans Necronomicon during their twenty-seven-year career, releasing material only when the trio consider it up to their exacting standard, ever since their demo 'Morbid Ritual' firmly established them within the Canadian Metal underground. Now with five full lengths under their belt this latest offering, 'Advent Of The Human God' is no exception to that firm rule.

Sound wise it's very a hybrid mix but there's a decided nod to the likes of Dimmu Borgir, from a symphonic perspective and a crushing intensity to the riffs that is reminiscent of Behemoth and there's even a thrashy edge, particularly with the lead work, with a deep gargling growl to the delivery of the vocals, the result being something that is both brutal and atmospheric.

This ties in nicely with the lyrical themes, what it is to be a divine part of the universe, explained by band founder/vocalist Rob 'The Witch' Tremblay thus: "As part of the great energy we have to understand and take our rightful place in the creation, to open the path so the mass can open their eyes and ascension as spiritual beings toward the future and beyond all matter of the flesh. Now witness the Advent of The Human God."

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The eleven track offering opens on 'The Descent', a very classic styled symphonic opener leading nicely into the equally symphonic 'Advent Of The Human God' with a good mix of intense rapid riffs, symphonic swathes and vocal growls, there is a very strong Dimmu Borgir leaning here, particularly midway where the vocals turn very sinister, you could be forgiven for mistakenly thinking Shagrath was supplying guest vocals.

Continuing with the symphonic feel are two of my favourite tracks, 'Unification Of The Four Pillars' which has superb intense but bouncy riffing that has an addictive quality and sits nicely alongside the synthesised symphonics and the utterly epic 'Crown Of Thorns' which has such a memorable and superb crushing edge to the distorted repeat riff which develops a nice little groove as it progresses, developed and enhanced by the gargling growl of the vocal delivery and a more subtle symphonic edge but the surprise here is the thrashy lead segment midway.


Taking a slightly different approach, 'The Fjord' has the subtle addition of acoustic guitar as it opens and deep male choral backing vocals which enhances without detracting from the hypnotic heaviness of the track, the wow factor coming from the rather surprising but good midpoint shred.

A couple of the tracks, 'The Golden Gods' and 'I (Bringer Of Light)' just go for an all out intense and crushing approach but between the tracks there are a few symphonic instrumentals, the haunting 'Gaia', the pomp and drama filled 'Okkultis Trinity' and another surprise, 'Innocence And Wrath', a Celtic Frost cover, the opener to their classic 1985 album 'To Mega Therion', a good interpretation that holds true to the original and serves as an epic interlude and forerunner to final track, the thrashy edged 'Alchemy Of The Avatar', a track which turns symphonic in the second half.

Although 'Advent Of The Human God' doesn't cover any new ground, it covers a lot of old ground very well, it's a well performed and produced offering that is highly listenable.

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