Noneuclid - _The Crawling Chaos_
(Merciless Records, 2006)
by: Quentin Kalis (7.5 out of 10)
"There were geometrical forms for which an Euclid could scarcely find a name -- cones of all degrees of irregularity and truncation; terraces of every sort of provocative disproportion; shafts with odd bulbous enlargements; broken columns in curious groups; and five pointed or five-ridged arrangements of mad grotesqueness." (HP Lovecraft, "At the Mountains of Madness")

"Nyarlathotep... the crawling chaos... I am the last... I will tell the audient void..." (HP Lovecraft, "Nyarlathotep")

One of their selling points is that Noneuclid feature a former live member of the seminal Swiss band Celtic Frost, but Frost's visionary approach has not rubbed off on Noneuclid. No matter; Noneuclid are sufficiently solid exponents of thrash to render innovation superfluous to their needs, but only just. Out of the seven tracks on this album, two chug along aimlessly ("Void Bitch" and "Murder of Worlds" -- the latter is particularly overlong) whilst "Xenoglossy" is a half-hearted attempt at atmospherics. However, the remaining four tracks are classic thrash songs that have been on constant rotation on my stereo, despite suffering from a vocalist who sounds just a bit too much like Tom Araya. In future they definitely have the potential to pen a strong album, but while some songs are potential classics, the album as a whole certainly isn't.


(article published 22/8/2008)

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