Nekrokaos - _Chaos II_
(Insidious Poisoning Records, 2007)
by: Quentin Kalis (6.5 out of 10)
The bravely named Nekrokaos have dusted off the discarded shell of Abruptum and have breathed new life into this creature. The $64.000 question is whether Abruptum needed to be resurrected; although they had their occasional moments, the evil duo seemed to be the audio equivalent of James Joyce's "Ulysses": great to have on your shelf, but not something you'd actually want to sit down with and work through.

Even if we should need another Abruptum on the scene, there is always Stalaggh to carry forth the torch of blackened chaos. And it certainly is chaotic; in their own words, "nothing is prepared or thought out". Whether this is true or not is irrelevant, as it is easily believable. Assuming this is the truth, it reinforces the notion that while improv techniques may work for ambience or for noise, the same techniques just don't work for metal. The songs are not as unstructured or chaotic as Nekrokaos would like us to believe, but that hardly translates into something worth a listen.

One would do well to heed Nekrokaos' own words: "Nothing forces you to listen to this rubbish!" Indeed.


(article published 25/4/2007)

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