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Gritty, Nasty Thrash - 87%

GuntherTheUndying, April 18th, 2011

So this Nekromantheon band kicks a ton of ass. Chances are you haven‘t heard of these dudes, but that isn‘t any reason to pass over the bloodthirsty assault that lives throughout “Divinity of Death.” The group’s full-length release more or less pays tribute to gritty, slaughtering thrash in the vein of Sodom, Possessed, Kreator, Slayer, and Sepultura before they went stupid, much unlike the Eviles and Death Angels which wallow in arbitrary influences and mainstream junk. The Norwegian spirit is overflowing with hints of primordial black metal ala Mayhem and Venom churned into the grinding display of awesome riffs that is "Divinity of Death," and the torturers of Nekromantheon waste no time suffocating its victims in thunderous thrash that relentlessly mauls everything in sight.

Not a whole lot changes during this thirty-minute violation, but that honestly doesn't matter. Nekromantheon wastes no time unhinging its jaw and swallowing your ears with acidic, primitive thrash totally void of melodic death influence or modern qualities found in most pseudo-thrash bands that would like to believe they were Exodus. The group flashes a bazillion monster riffs ala "Beneath the Remains" or "Hell Awaits" at a million miles a second, with enough intoxicating heaviness to get the most stubborn maniacs to mosh like madmen. "Divinity of Death" never leaves the montage of ripping solos, gruff vocals, and slaughtering riffs; the band's massive arsenal explodes like a rocket-propelled grenade and refuses to relent in its smoldering viciousness.

Nekromantheon is one of the few thrash groups out there that will probably stand the test of time. The group's music is brutal, memorable, fun, and stuffed with more hooks than a bondage chamber. This, kids, is real thrash; mean and nasty, Nekromantheon knows exactly how to rip open the world's crust and piss on its rotten core. It's no "Spectrum of Death" or "Darkness Descends," but "Divinity of Death" will still kick the crap out of you and there's really no reason to pass over this band and their awesome material if you’re sick and tired of crappy tribute bands that couldn’t thrash to save Roadrunner Records.

This review was written for: www.Thrashpit.com