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NECROMANCY
NECROMANCY
Y A Satanas Gloria!!!
(AVC Records)
49:36min

It doesn't happen so often to hold albums in your hand which come from Bolivia. Especially if you consider how hard it is for the bands there to release stuff on this format (mostly due to lack of money) and there is also almost no distribution for them outside og South America. Most of the labels / scenes are focused more on countries like Brazil, Argentina, Chile or Colombia. The other parts of this continent are a little bit neglected and still need to be discovered more. It's like they are in a kind of slumber. Due to this fact it's always great to see that there are more and more bands emerging from the other parts of South America (like in our case Bolivia) who forge their own steel. Nevertheless NECROMANCY are no newcomers as they have been already around in the scene since 1993. Finally these five warriors are able to release their first album on CD. They were able to release one demo in 1994 ("Satan Crush Useless God") and the "Into Apocalipsis" tape album in 1995 in the past. The first positive thing on the new album is the great and very professional packaging. It comes in a hard cardboard digi pack with a thick booklet which includes lyrics and photos. The CD features besides the regular twelve tracks (incl. three intros) also a great multimedia part. There are 2 videos included, four MP3s taken from their "Into Apocalipsis" tape album, one live song, a photo gallery and the usual biography (written in Spanish). In my opinion the packaging can not be done better! But now to the music of the new album. The band developed from a typical bestial South America Black / Death band into a more symphonic Black / Death Metal style. Even the use of keyboard softens the material, it sounds a bit rawer compared to some European acts in the same genre. That's maybe due to the rough and bestial vocal delivery of Belial, the production and the language as all lyrics are sung in Spanish. But sometimes I think they exaggerate it a little bit with the use of keyboards. Maybe a little bit less would have been better (just a slight use to create a morbid atmosphere and not so thick synths soundwalls) which they show us in tracks like 'Fria Briza', 'Immortal' or 'Akelarre' where almost no keys are used. There also can be found one track were they don't use any synths ('Hijos De Luzbel'). In my opinion these are the stronger moments of the band, both without and the slighter use of keyboards. Check out also the MP3s in the multimedia section... more violent, bestial stuff. The production is ok for an underground production but of course there are some flaws. The drums sound a little bit clinic like they used a drum computer (but they didn't). The keys are a little bit too dominant in some songs and the guitars are sometimes a bit too thin and in the background. But if you consider under what conditions the band had to record the stuff it is ok. So if you are a fan of South American Metal or from exotic places in general and you also don't mind symphonic Black / Death Metal then you should get in touch with the band and support them. I think they deserve it more than some of the 'Rockstars' here. www.necromancy.tk; email: necromancy_666@hotmail.com.

Michael Oelschlegel

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