As the most cataclysmic form of Satanism and blasphemy in music, Norwegian black metal today stands firmly with not only its refined, controversial legacy, but also with it’s undying plethora of acts that continue to keep its identity as malevolent as ever. With one of countless ensembles returning with their second full-length, Østfold locals Nordjevel deliver the follow-up to their 2016 self-titled entitled: “Necrogenesis”.
Despite the singular category that Nordjevel are known to associate with, the album doesn’t solely project itself as a black metal record; save that many elements of death and thrash metal are present within the spectrum of the album—you can hear that especially on tracks such as Devilry and Panzerengel. However, the real explicit nature of which the band proceeds to create is presented entirely in Sunset Glow, The Idea of One-ness, and Amen Whores—which too are filled with enough blastbeats, rapid-fast snares, and frenzied minor chord shredding to satiate those that desire the necessities that fit into the mould.
When it comes to the conceptual side of this record, there is no conclusive answer as to whether or not this LP stands out as a concept album. One could argue however that the primary lyrical components that accompany Nordjevel’s music is that which deals with war and artillery. Simultaneously, “Necrogenesis” doesn’t forgo with the reoccurring satanic outbursts in the band’s poetic aspect while maintaining these themes involving war and the agony it spreads—similar to which Watain are known for composing.
While the applause deserves to be directed towards the songwriting and the structuring of all nine songs, the only flaw I find in the final product is primarily within the mixing; the guitars, while not completely muddy—don’t fully accentuate the aggression and liveliness that deserves to be placed within the spectrum of the music and the band’s approach to execute it. The lack of audible notoriety in the bass too indicates the alienation in the album’s mixing—along with the percussions being slightly quieter than one would expect.
Aside from the previous statement which I have penned, Nordjevel have still managed to deliver one insane, demoniacal full-length that carries not one little speck of monotony throughout its entire course. Though it may not be the most perfect black metal record of the 2010’s, “Necrogenesis” still provides one hell of a maniacal experience that fluidly pays its respect towards all the greats within Norway’s underground scene and the entirety of the sub-genre. Whether as a casual or hardcore fan of black metal, this album sure as hell warrants a chance to be heard by everyone.