L.A. Unheard: Nekrogoblikon's marauding metal
The sound: First off, this is death metal, so if you're not down for some heaviness, we recommend holding out for the next winsome indie-pop band to catch your ear. But for those who crave some shredding, Nekrogoblikon more than provides. On their new album, "Stench," the band’s songwriting and technical proficiency makes a giant leap forward, with a combination of intricate riffs, blistering solos and catchy choruses that recall At the Gates and Children of Bodom.
And the use of electronics to provide atmosphere -- and the occasional trance breakdown -- can be surprising, but works surprisingly well. In a rarity for the genre, it's palpable how much fun the band is having; given how silly symphonic metal can get when it takes itself too seriously, the levity is appreciated.
The random: The band is rocking an endorsement from The Mountain, purveyors of "freedom wear," and thus can often be seen sporting shirts adorned with epic-looking wolves and eagles.
The details: "Stench," the band's second album (but first with its current full lineup), will be self-released on July 19 in digital and CD form, and can be pre-ordered on Bandcamp.
The music: Hear Nekrogoblikon's "A Feast," a song from the upcoming "Stench," below.
-- Daniel Siegal
Photo: Nekrogoblikon. Credit: Ninelle E.