From The Past We Summon Thee
Track listing :
1. Faceless Gods
2. LUKANQRWPIA (Lycaon's Metamorphosis)
3. La Mort
Total playing time : 9'37
What we have here is the oldest available recording from Necromantia.
Those three tracks are live recordings from December 1989 (Necromantia's
birth-year), but were only released in 1994 through DarkSide for the
7"EP and re-released on a limited (if I'm not mistaken) MCD through Wild
Rags the year after. Another attempt for Wild Rags to cash on a band's
name (well-know in the underground after the release of Crossing The
Fiery Path through Osmose) without having to pay the studio bill...
Anyway I'm thankful to them for releasing this great piece of music.
The sound is typical from the period and the location, as Greek and raw
as possible : quite good for a live recording and somewhat similar to
Rotting Christ's live tracks on Passage To Arcturo, except that they
don't use guitars, but a bass instead, sometimes even not distorted. Due
to this particular sound, all the songs give the listener a really dark
and primitive feeling. This stuff is not as technical as more recent one
from Necromantia, but is setting their very own style, evil but
experimental. The vocals (sung or spoken) are mainly deep, with some
higher-pitched screams, but not the typical black metal shriek, and some
Lyrically, the first song's lyrics are inspired by HP Lovecraft and the
Sumerian mythology (using Cthulhu and Ishtar). The last one is a poem on
Death (meaning of the french title) by Emile Verhaeren, a guy I never
heard of before.
The 2nd song LUKANQRWPIA is also present on the Black Arts Lead To
Everlasting Sins CD (Split with Varathron) under the name Lycanthropia,
but this version is really darker, due to the less polished sound. No
Finally, a mandatory buy (if you can find it) for Necromantia fans and
all the old Greek sound lovers. It is preferred for others to start with
the Split with Varathron or Crossing The Fiery Path. Only drawback (but
it's a big one), it's really too short... I'm eagerly asking for more !
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