Necrophobic - _The Third Antichrist_
(Black Mark, 2000)
by: Paul Schwarz (
This somewhat melodramatically titled third album continues in Necrophobic's cold and fleetingly melodic death/black style. _TTA_ has a good mix of crushing, brutal, to-the-point tracks, and atmospheric, darkly-melodic-solo-ridden, varied paced ones. From a Y2K perspective Necrophobic reek strongly of Dissection, though the respective bands formed at similar times, but to preserve, and not merely mimic, that brilliant, unholy sound Dissection purveyed. Throughout, Necrophobic are colder than a day in the Antarctic (aptly titled third track "Frozen Empire" is all the evidence one needs of this fact), which is a valuable quality, distinctly lacking in many so-called death and black metal bands currently doing the rounds. Thus, though hardly advanced or innovative for where either death or black metal are at this point in the game, "The Third Antichrist" is a well played and written reminder of how, with the required talent, one can preserve both the brutality and the mystery which were once so inseparable from both black and death metal.
(article published 5/25/2000)
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