Necros Christos-Doom of the Occult (Van)
While Doom of the Occult is my first proper experience with the quartet, it becomes readily apparent right from the get-go that Necros Christos-Greek for ‘Dead Christ’-is a group who truly get it. This lengthy, expansive record exhumes the fetid ‘n foul corpse of mutilating old school death metal and further embalms the fucker with doom-drenched formaldehyde, leaving things dark ‘n dirty to the core.
Doom of the Occult worships the arcane art of thick, swamped riffage, steeped in massive tone and crushing style, reverberating loudly the echoing groundwork laid by Autopsy and early Tiamat. Vocalist and guitarist Mors Dalos Ra does an equally admirable job growling along with equal menace, leading Doom of the Occult ever deeper into the labyrinthine tunnels of the old guard; a far cry pretty ‘n polished metal of today.
Nay, Necros Christos are a band whose heritage belongs to the past, yet whose musical sights are firmly focused straight ahead, determined to amp their forward creative motion. There is a power and energy to Doom of the Occult not often heard from most death metal these days; a determined line in the sand which deserves serious investigation from those obsessed with the old school.
Written by MetalGeorge