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The best way to define Nekrogoblikon sound is to think what would come out if Finntroll and Illnath had a goblin baby. Challenging, ah? Yes, but the result will probably be something very close to these Californians. Nekrogoblikon is a project vogue on the folk scene, after the recordings of "Goblin Island" (2006) and "Stench" (2011), but this EP raise the parade to another dimension.
What we have in "Power" are five hyper-catchy songs with less references to goblins than the previous two records, but with the same melodic-symphonic influences and the sharp humor that is one of the faces of the band. The news is the clean vocals that appear in all the songs and work, showing some versatility on the American sextet. The increasing use of non-metal instruments, like the xylophone that opens "Nothing But Crickets", is also a breath of fresh air in the sound of Nekrogoblikon and comes to be an "upgrade" on the songs that compose "Power". After this, all the songs on the album work as a quality of the band's inner self, since "Powercore" is full of catchy tones all over to "Giraffe", where the band announces a giraffe band to eat it later. Hilarious!
This album is definitely good news to the metal universe and a step forward on Nekrogoblikon's discography. The next record will be important to put the "goblins" as one of the new good values of folk metal, but judging by the quality of this EP, I think the next one will be even more bombastic. Poor giraffes.
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Release number 3! Man is this one sick. This band has steadily improved on each release and Power is no exception. Just as with Stench, the Nekrogobli-dudes have increased the quality of their music on all fronts. It's more melodic, it's more technical, it's more funny, and most of all, it's more dynamic than ever before.
The summary of this release is its just more. It's more, while being less. Nekrogoblikon has done more with these 5 short songs than they did on their entire first 2 albums. My previous reviews of this band were long, explained the sound of the band, and all the differences between the releases. This time around I'm going to keep it short and sweet. The primary differences on Power compared to Stench are three fold.
The first big evolution on Power is the significant increase in the use of the xylophone and other non traditional metal instruments. You can hear these the most on the tracks Nothing But Crickets and Bells And Whistles.
The second evolution in sound is in the clean vocals. For the first time in nekrogobli-history... the clean vocals are actually kinda awesome. Super catchy, very melodic, and just all around fun.
The final major change in the nekrogobli-tunes is in the lyrical content. On Stench, the guys started toying with non-goblin themes on songs like Bears, and here on Power, that is now the direction they have closed in on. The lyrics are diverse, dealing with friendship, space, monster crickets, trains, murder, and giraffes. above all, the lyrics are more self aware than ever. The general theme of this EP both on the opening and closing tracks is completely "meta". The songs are about the band themselves.
Generally, the EP in it of it's self is more dynamic, better produced, and more hilarious than ever. By now, most people have learned who Nekrogoblikon are after the major popularity of the No One Survives music video, so most people reading this think they know what to expect. Well, you don't. Listen to the EP, and prepare for some big surprises, some crushing riffs, some huge choruses, and let the hilarity ensue.
favorite track: Nothing But Crickets.