At my home I have a collection of over 2,500 compact discs, arranged alphabetically and of course all metal. I have been collecting music in this format since 1993. In my vast metal library the letter N is only represented by 13 different bands. Here’s the actual list of those bands followed by the number of releases by that group I own: Naglfar x4, Napalm Death x9, Necrodeath x2, Necrodemon x2, Necrophagia, Nevermore x4, Nightwish x2, Nile x4, Nine Inch Nails x7, Nothingface, Nunslaughter x2, Nuclear Assault x4, Num Skull. As you can see I could use a few more bands whose names begin with the letter N. Hopefully, Nephelium’s new album Coils of Entropy will be my latest addition.
Nephelium has been in existence since the late 90s. Their claim to fame is that they are the 1st Death Metal act to come out of the Middle East. Throughout a checkered past, filled with constant lineup changes, the band re-located to Toronto where the album Coils of Entropy was recorded and is due to be released next month.
Nephelium is grounded in old school Death Metal in the vein of Cannibal Corpse, Deicide and Obituary. The band has incorporated other metal styles into their music such as a technical style highly reminiscent of Necopphagist or an occasional vocal delivery similar to Job For A Cowboy, White Chapel or Despised Icon. The end result is a solid debut album, rejuvenating a classic arrangement.
The sound quality of the album is excellent. It’s evident these guys can play their instruments. It’s also refreshing to hear a Death Metal band with both a competent drummer and vocalist.
If there is a downside to this release it’s the length of the songs. In my mind Death Metal songs should always be less than five minuets long or else the constant musical changes take their toll on the listener, lessening the overall impact of the song.
Additionally, I believe death vocals are best delivered in spurts where the guttural sound enhances the music. When a whole song is belched out line by line the redundancy sets in fast.
Nothing negative can be said about a band that has endured so much and come so far. This is a solid debut release and definitely worth adding to my collection and yours.\m/
1. Burial Ground
2. Merciless Annihilation
5. Halls of Judgement
6. Coils of Entropy
Devlin Anderson – Vocals
Alex Zubair – Guitars
James Sawyer – Guitars
Flo Ravet – Bass
Alan Madhavan – Drums