Purveyors of occult black/death Alchemyst introduced their ominous presence in the underground in 2009 only to seclude themselves in 2014. During that time the band released three demos, a compilation, a split, and the full length effort in question, Nekromanteion. While the atmosphere that this band deploys finds kinship in the mystic aura of black metal, its genesis lies in the archaic realms of ultra-cryptic riff-labyrinth death metal.
Alchemyst manifests through cavernous, dark death metal with an atmosphere that crushes the listener under pressure while simultaneously enervating them with despair. Songs are comprised of unique, murky, and arcane riffs that resound varying moods, which creates a dark and meancing instability. The compelling essence of the atmosphere originates in the unpredictable motion of the music, which varies both tempi and riff form on a constant basis, like musical quicksand obliterating any consistency or hope wherever it finds it. Bass plays an equally vital role in the dynamics of the song, both structuring songs through foreshadowing, and traversing a vitriolic, dark tone that goes hand in blender with the chaos that the guitars conjure. Penetrating the sense as though breathing serpent fire, the ensuing descent feels like having a luminous light permeating your body and devouring it like nuclear explosion from the inside out.
Alchemyst share a kinship with contemporary abyss-dwellers such as Antediluvian, Abyssal, and Lantern, in its use of dark, meditative resonance as the basis of its mood. However, it takes a different route toward instability, which is to base its sound in unexpected variation rather than constant grinding.
Tags: alchemyst, Black Metal
6 thoughts on “Alchemyst – Nekromanteion”
What albums are you guys still listening to from the last few years(best of lists)?
Satan – Life Sentence has been growing on me after each listen. Solid heavy rock/metal album, i love the energetic and inventive melodies, interesting lyrics and all those solos that seem to accelerate the songs to a climax while holding the songs internal melodies.
I’m recently getting into Malevolent Creation, their entire discography is highly recommended ! The first five albums are worldclass death metal classics.
Is this supposed to be funny? Those first two albums are pretty good . It’s not a joke if you say almost exactly what I would say.
AlcheMYST? Has metal sunk so low as to have the Pun Bands join the Sentence Bands in disgrace?
Half the guys in the band wanted to be called Alchemy, the other half Alchemist. So they compromised. No great loss, the music is very grating and annoying any way.
This interview with drummer Gus Rios is interesting because it touches on a subject that most mainstream music journalists
would like to ignore: what is metal and what isn’t? If metal is
just music and everyone’s input is equally valid, how come current fans that care for nu-metal bands do not care at all about the old school?
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