Legendary Swedish black/death metal outfit, Necrophobic have announced the release date of their long awaited new album, entitled Womb of Lilithu. The album is due for release on October 25, 2013. The band has been streaming the second track from the album entitled, “Splendour Nigri Solis”.
It appears Necrophobic is moving in a different direction with Womb of Lilithu, based on the sound of the new track. Let down is an understatement, when one compares Splendour Nigri Solis to tracks on the last LP, “Death To All”. The aggression is all but gone, the riffs are simplistic and boring and the overall feel of the track is all too common. Could this be the end an era for Necrophobic? Could they be going the way of Dissection with the release of Reinkaos? Let’s hope not. Obviously, I haven’t had the chance to listen to the full album yet, as it hasn’t been released, but from experience I know that many times the first track to stream is not the best on the album.
All too many bands have gone black and roll as of late (Watain, Satyricon etc.), watering down their grotesque and threatening sound in hopes of appealing to the “metalcore” and Gothenburg club. Frankly I’m getting a little tired of it. Only four years ago, Necrophobic released Death To All, a sick and aggressive display of expert musicianship. When will labels learn that fans don’t need another “Black Album” from their favorite bands?
That said the track is not utterly awful. There is a decent solo and an interesting break, complete with eerie chanting. When compared to prior releases, such as Death To All and Hrimthursum, however, it withers, like dying fruit. Listen for yourself.