I Review Things: NECRONOMIDOL | “DEATHLESS”

Bringing back the disclaimers! It’s not a secret that I’m a huge mark for NECRONOMIDOL, and that their producer, Ricky Wilson, has been a friend to Homicidols.com in what I hope is a mutually fulfilling relationship; that being said, while I never had much reason to think that DEATHLESS would be anything less than great, I made a strong effort to put the relationship behind me for this sucker; I may love idol and I may love dark idol and I may love NECRONOMIDOL, but we don’t build community trust without honesty, and we don’t make other fans by being sycophants.

So. On to the review!

Homicidols Album Review Scale:

Five Heartbleeds  One full Heartbleed, the logo of Homicidols.com, used for reviews: Both in relation to itself and music as a whole, this album could not possibly be any better.
Four Heartbleeds One full Heartbleed, the logo of Homicidols.com, used for reviews: This is a very damn good record, and you should probably buy it and listen to it all the time and consider starting a website dedicated to the artists that made it and albums like it.
Three Heartbleeds One full Heartbleed, the logo of Homicidols.com, used for reviews: More good than bad, but not great; one or two awesome songs can’t get it over the hump.
Two Heartbleeds One full Heartbleed, the logo of Homicidols.com, used for reviews: More bad than good, and lacks the kind of standout track that can take it out of the crappiness wallow.
One Heartbleed One full Heartbleed, the logo of Homicidols.com, used for reviews: This is a bad, bad piece of work. Do not buy this.
Zero Heartbleeds: People associated with this should be ashamed of themselves; there’s pride to be had in any effort made to meet a goal, but that’s your only reward. Please don’t make music anymore.

I’m actually going to do something weird and call out old pal Alex’s review, which he published on Monday, to agree vehemently that being able to watch an idol project go from concept to full realization really is something special, and that’s what we’re seeing with the current NECRONOMIDOL — not to slight past members and lineups in any way, but this is a strong-ass unit, with a this-is-it kind of feeling. Yes, the production is as sharp as it’s ever been, but the voices are working really well, too.

About that progression: I fell in love with Necroma over the original “Vulture” MV and the early singles. I almost couldn’t believe they were real — there was black metal and NWOBHM, but there was dance music (evil dance music!), too; the members managed to pull off creepy and menacing without needing to go way the hell over the top (Sari alone could inspire an actual cult following). Things have changed a lot in the roughly 2.5 years that the group has existed, but their path has only been one of progress.

To whit, about a year ago, they released NEMESIS, a very good album that showed what was lurking; a few months later, they followed that with the sublime from chaos born, my personal pick for 2016’s album of the year. The question, then, while turning over 40 percent of the membership in a matter of weeks, was whether Necroma was going to be keep growing, or whether chaos would be their pinnacle.

DEATHLESS laughs at the idea.

What’s interesting is that it’s almost two EPs combined into one piece, with one half firmly in the resurrected-NWOBHM-meets-thrash-meets-black-metal camp and the other no doubt very welcome at a dark dance party, but neither standing out as dominating the other (unless you’re super preferential toward one side, of course).

I’m of course first drawn to the metal side, the opener “End of Days” being accompanied by “KERES THANATOIO,” “NEPENTHE” and the epic closer, “ITHAQUA,” but the dark wave side of the coin — “4.7L,” the well-known “SKULLS IN THE STARS,” “CHUNGKING REDLINE” and “HEXENNACHT” (what a title) — packs a ton of twisted energy, too. Much like chaos, there isn’t really a down moment anywhere on the record, such that I can’t even pretend to want to hold the re-recorded “SKULLS” as a detriment (it’s a signature song, the group is very different, etc.).

Overall, this is a very mature work. It’s smart, it’s dark, it’s … I’m not going to publish all of the lyrics here (helpfully provided in English!), but please trust me when I say that this is some of the blackest, bleakest lyrical work you’ll probably ever hear from idols. The vocals are on point, too, communicating all of that cold emotion in some really unique arrangements that are definitely outside of the idol norm.

There are individual standouts, yes — I’m very partial to the Midnight Oil-meets-Skinny Puppy sounds of “CHUNGKING REDLINE” and the bleak, blasted opener, “End of Days,” with its big-ass chorus — but DEATHLESS is overall so well put-together that I’m already casting side-eye at other idols in the same space; everybody should be watching what the darkness idols are doing, and they should be taking notes.

Score: One full Heartbleed, the logo of Homicidols.com, used for reviews One full Heartbleed, the logo of Homicidols.com, used for reviews One full Heartbleed, the logo of Homicidols.com, used for reviews One full Heartbleed, the logo of Homicidols.com, used for reviews One half of a Heartbleed, the logo of Homicidols.com, used for reviews

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12 thoughts on “I Review Things: NECRONOMIDOL | “DEATHLESS”

  1. Listening now, first impressions – the production has finally caught up with the concept, and their singing has really improved. Also drones have finally made those helicopter MV shots affordable! (see also BiSH trailer)

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    • I mean, it’s the early front-runner, and with ease. All I really wanted was for it to be longer.

      (btw the only 5er I’d have given anything ever would’ve been BRGH’s Beyond or YMM’s You Are the World, and that’s no slight to anybody; really looking forward to what some of the newbies are able to get out in the future)

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  2. Offering an easy method to buy a digital copy? I was so happy, I payed them the double amount that was requested. lol
    More idols should follow their lead.

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