Necrophobic - _Darkside_
(Black Mark, 1997)
by: Adam Wasylyk (
On _Darkside_ it appears that Necrophobic got the $$ in their eyes and jumped onto the black metal bandwagon. Giving hints to this on their last EP _Spawned by Evil_, it featured bad black metal vocals which carried onto this LP. It speaks volumes about their bandwagon-hop when in the first line of the first song, "Black Moon Rising" they use the word "forest". And to be frank, I'm sick of seeing song titles like "Nailing the Holy One" and "Christian Slaughter". I thought Deicide did that sort of thing to death?? As for the music, there wasn't anything here that I found memorable or worth hearing again. Hell, you know you have a bad CD when you like the cover art more than the music. Also thrown in are some pretentious keyboard/piano instrumentals which I guess makes their black metal transformation "complete". I admit I've never been a fan of Necrophobic, and _Darkside_ will keep it that way!
(article published 3/16/1997)
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