Necronom - Exordium ©2000 Winterthorn
1. A Prophet's Return
2. The Ashes Of Empire
3. Thistles In Winter

A suprisingly realized doom album from what amounts to a newcomer (though the band has been around in various incarnations for several years), Necronom's Exordium is a very impressive debut EP release. Dwelling very morosely within a style that emphasizes slow, trudging tempos, funeralesque organs and keyboards, Exordium shows off tremendous understanding of the doom genre in the three songs presented in this digipack. The band focuses more on the death metal aspect of doom, with echoing gutteral vocals intertwined with clean, dismal chanting. The music shows good arrangement skills and strong ability in playing their concepts out. The keyboards and synths underscore the music very well, creating a lush backdrop to the guitar riffing, which occasionally reminds me of Skyclad on their debut in its jagged, razor sharp sound. All three songs here are lengthy and very involved. Necronom captures their desired mood very well and conveys it with skill throughout this short disc. Exordium should quickly establish this project as a doom band to contend with in the future. If this debut is already impressive, one can only imagine their upcoming releases being incredible.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 01/2001

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A Darkening Path

Necronom - A Darkening Path ©2001 Winterthorn
1. Deadface: A Tale Of Purity
2. Sanctuary
3. Shepherd To The Faithless
4. In The Arms Of Nepenthe
5. Ex Tribas Lunaes

Now on the second part of their trilogy, Necronom offers up a very dense and bruising new EP that is considerably more difficult to assimilate than their nifty Exordium EP from 2000. It's a considerably more uncomfortable listen that will require much more patience than many may be willing to provide. With a strange production that has made the guitars much more dissonant and squashed the sound somewhat, A Darkening Path actually lives up to its title's promise by making the band's sound considerably more bleak and unlit. The keyboard underscores and funeral-esque tones are still quite abundant and the vocalist roars like a man from doom's earlier years. As before, the songs are fairly long (particularly the very wandering "Shepherd to the Faithless") and do not display an immediately digestable structure. Whereas things became clear quickly on Exordium, A Darkening Path takes time for the EP to come into focus.

The overall cold, clinical feel of the music matched with the mechanical disinterest of the guitars (all this was planned, I do believe) make this to be a discomforting listen. This is the sort of doom that makes one feel something quite bad is truly right around the corner. If this band is following the lead of classic literature, their first album was paradise and this is purgatory. When the trilogy concludes, one must wonder what their version of inferno will sound like.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 12/2002

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