Visions Of Trismegistos
Review by Michael on March 10, 2021.
Does anyone else remember Wayne's World? The scene with Garth in the basement when he says "We fear change" while hitting that robot hand like a lunatic? I think that's how the guys from Nekromantheon would react if they were told to change their tried and true style.
Okay, this introduction already tells everyone who knows the two previous albums before Visions of Trismegistos what the listener has to expect. It is quite remarkable that the band managed not to create any significant changes in their songs in the last 9 (!) years of not releasing an album. Nekromantheon play their unchanged brutal black thrash metal without making any compromises.
Lyrically, the album is about the gods of ancient Greece and Egypt, combined with many myths and dark fantasies, which is also well reflected by the somewhat disturbing cover.
Musically, the Norwegians offer us a pretty punchy half hour of first-class black thrash, which is played up at a breathtaking pace throughout almost all songs. The sawing guitars mill into the ear and the drummer beats up his drum kit as if it had stolen the last toilet paper rolls in the first lockdown. Singer Arild sounds hilariously pissed off and it all makes for a top notch album for a bad day. Stylistically, it wanders along old Slayer paths, mixed with Scandinavian influences from bands like Aura Noir or Condor.
To highlight a few songs, while I find the album as a whole completely convincing, I would first mention 'Seven Rulers of Fate'. You can find pretty sick guitar solos here as well as some really cool arranged breaks. 'Dead Temples' gives a certain Slayer-feeling (at least I feel it) reminding of "Hell Awaits" in parts. 'Zealot Reign' convinces with almost classic melody arcs and a somewhat slowed down tempo in parts. With 'Neptune Descent' the guys have created their longest song so far. This beast lasts almost 5 1/2 minutes and it is also located somewhere in the mid-tempo range. 'Faustian Rites' adds to the crowning conclusion and awakes wistful thoughts of past Slayer albums again, only the end sounds a little rushed.
Are there questions still? No? Good, then write Visions of Trismegistos on the shopping list and get it as soon as possible!!!
Rating: 9.3 out of 10.268