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L.A. Unheard: Nekrogoblikon's marauding metal

July 8, 2011 |  4:10 pm

NekrogoblikonThe band: Nekrogoblikon, a marauding fivesome of L.A.-via-Santa Barbara death metal fanatics with a sense of humor.

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.