Music Reviews

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Artist: Necro Deathmort (@)
Title: The Colonial Script
Format: CD
Label: Distraction Records (@)
Rated: *****
AJ Cookson and Matthew Rozeik are back with another Necro Deathmort album titled 'The Colonial Script' traveling even darker and heavier terrain than they did in 2010's 'Music of Bleak Origin'. For those into doom metal, this is an extraordinary treat. First track 'Imperial' has no vocals but it serves as the perfect opening to this exercise in anguish. Beginning atmospherically, it rises into a tempest of torment before settling into a majestic pageant of saturninity. It lurches, stops, and starts again like some irradiated behemoth out of a Japanese sci-fi movie. The wailing vocals surface in the much slower 'Led to the Water' drowning in a roiling sea of sonic despondency. 'Endless Vortex' just builds and builds with creepy malevolence like an unstoppable monster stalker intent on crushing every obstacle in its path to get to you. You have no idea...

'Wretched Hag' is primarily a black ambient piece, cinematic in its spaciousness, yet oppressive in its atmosphere. 'Arrows' sounds much more band-like than some of the prior material on 'The Colonial Script,' and even Trent Reznor in his deepest fit of howling rage couldn't conjure this kind of wall of woe. Vocals and lyrics on this track come courtesy of Eliza Gregory. She ably proves she's no shrinking violet (shrieking violet might be more like it) easily going toe-to-toe with the Necro Deathmort boys. 'Shadows of Reflections of Ghosts Past' seethes with an undercurrent of doom, but pacing of the drums and the restraint exercised by Necro Deathmort on this track gives the impression of detachment, as if witnessing some truly ugly horror from afar. 'Theme From Escape' is nearly as traditionally doom metal as it gets on this album, but the next track, 'Starbeast' is somewhat its antithesis, exploring uncharted regions of hyperspace with moving percussion in nearly 'Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun' fashion, and the electronics don't disappoint either, weird as they are. 'Insecto' ends 'The Colonial Script' with a bang rather than a whimper as the beast goes down not without a struggle. Wave after wave of sludgy distorted guitar keeps building on a monolithic riff as the screamed raw vocal swathed in echo-upon-echo bears witness to the abominable horror that is the track's title. All is laid to waste in the aftermath.

What makes this group really great is that they have the ability to temper traditional doom metal with a somewhat sophisticated grasp of black ambience while still managing to expand their experimental horizons and remain true to their vision never getting too far afield. If you've heard and enjoyed 'Music of Bleak Origin' you're very likely to enjoy this even more as they've gone from Titanium to Lutetium and show no signs of letting up. Highly recommended.



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