Ok, I don’t want to alarm anyone, but I think I may have just developed a new obsession! This album from Nefertum arrived on my doorstep with a bunch of other stuff for review. Unfortunately, from what I’ve listened to so far, the other stuff hasn’t really grabbed me… “Revered Lames”, however, definitely has!
Nefertum are a Black / Death Metal band from Italy and cite their major influences as Emperor and Dimmu Borgir. When listening to the album, this influences are very clear, but Nefertum are definitely not a carbon copy of those bands. They’ve managed to pay homage to them, while still retaining their own sound.
The music on this album is insanely good – the songs extremely well written and the use of melody is superb. I was particularly impressed with the drumming. Admittedly, I’m not a drummer, but the sheer power of the drums in some of these tracks makes me want to be one. The vocals are, as you would expect, relatively grim, but the vocalist pronounces each word to great effect, so it’s quite easy to work out what is being said without needing to refer to much to the CD inlay.
The use of keys was a pleasant surprise. Usually I’m a little sceptical about keyboards in metal, but in some bands they do work well. Nefertum is one of those bands.
If you want to see/hear what I’m getting all excited about, head over to myspace.com/nefertum.
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