February 1, 2010

Nehëmah - Requiem Tenebrae

Genre(s) - Black metal
Origin - France
Year of release - 2004
Bitrate - 128 kbps
Size - 49.92 MB

In the last decade, France has come to be known as a hotbed for black metal innovation, but Nehëmah must have missed that memo. The veteran band isn't one to change its style over the course a mere 12 years, and this reminds me very strongly of Darkthrone's Under A Funeral Moon. True, some more subtle synths have slipped into the music, making Requiem Tenebrae the most lucid of the band's albums. You won't have to worry that this might make the sound more melodic, it doesn't. What it does, is provide added grimness at the most effective of moments, such as the sick finale to Consciousness in Evil or the lingering miasma of Taken Away. Through the Dark Nebula is a furious closer regularly punctuated by single floor tom beats like cannonblasts, a very effective way of making the whole track sound even more hostile. For all their staunch traditionalism, Nehëmah know how to make old-school black metal engaging again.
  1. Creeping chaos
  2. The great old ones
  3. Dead but dreaming in the eternal icy wastes
  4. The elder gods awakening
  5. In the mist of Orion's sword
  6. Taken away by the torn blackshroud
  7. Consciousness in evil
  8. Through the dark nebula
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