Okay, let´s turn back the time. We find us in early spring 1981 and bought us "Killers" from Iron Maiden. And first of all we were flashed opun the diversity and slightly proggy influences of our favorite band, who released a more punky produced ´eavy Metal album. and we thought: Wow, how to perform all those ideas on stage and despite all the breaks an´turns in the songs, it is a f***ing masterpiece. Just remember songs like "Another Life", "Innocent Exile" or "Murders in the Rue Morgue", with a filler like "Prodical Son".
Same happened on "Of Blood and Wine" by the Necromancers. The filler "The Gathering" could have been the epic doomy finisher of this fantastic album.
But let us start from the beginning. 2018, there´s a déjà vue happening to me. The Necromancers topped their debut, which appeared almost impossible. The album kicks off with "Join the Dead" containing a lot of reminescences on Mercyful Fate, but Tom Cornière´s rough and vocals fits perfectly to this unpredictible song, touching NWOBHM heros like Witchfynder General, Demon or Mercyful Fate.
With all the ideas in "Erzebeth" , the story of Erzebeth Bathory, you could easily fill a two usual Heavy Metal Album or the three latest from Iron Maiden. A 12 minute prog-metal-monster with no chance to know, what will happen the next 20 seconds. This song reminds me strongly on "Mercyful Fate´s "Satan´s Fall". "Secular Lord" get driven with a hypnotic riff until the last minute, in which Jon Lord rises from the dead and saves you with a magnificent interlude before you get mad about this riff. Okay, "Lust" leaves the feet from full throttle and leads us through a melancholic, balladesque part cut by a doomy midth and the heading for the climax at the end. Although this song lasts almost ten minutes, it passes like a three minute single. I remember this song structure in this song called "Hallowed be thy name".
Go to see this band now, before they have to invent their monster for the bigger venues and stadiums in 2019 and 2020. Same happened during 1981 and 1984 with this british band.. with this zombie monster on their covers...I forgot the name...
An album rated with "Ace of Spades" shows a clear musical direction, combining actual styles, directions and production and avoid needless experiments.