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Neolith : Individual Infernal Idimmu

Neolith is another fine example of the richness of the Polish Metal scene.

When you think Poland and Extreme Metal, you always end up bringing up its dense Death Metal scene with its well-known behemoths (pun intended!), its Black Metal scene with acts like Graveland or Szron and its fantastic Goregrind legends like Dead Infection or Squash Bowels. Little do most people know that Poland is even richer than this. Much richer.

A fine example of this richness are Neolith. Formed back in 1991, the Poles have started their career being labeled Doom Death only to turn into something quite unique. Here with 'Individual Infernal Idimmu', they deliver something beyond epic and most certainly beyond any possible labeling. No use to try and find a genre for these guys. The music they play is so unique and eccentric that the only consensus is this: Extreme Metal.

It’s got an Atheist vibe with these high-pitched Death Metal guitars and Nocturnus'The Key' keyboards which would be reminiscent of another borderline act from Germany: Dark Millennium. Except that the Poles not only produce some esoteric feeling like the Germans, but they have lots of Prog elements and some 'Religious Sci-Fi' with well-thought occasional tribal drumming in their little gems of songs that make them even more special in their own way.

Vocals are mainly Death Metal growls but there are occasional high-pitched 'screeches' which, on 'Fright Emblazoned on Faces', really sound like Morbid Angel’s incantations on 'Lord of all Fevers and Plagues' and on 'Idimmu Expecting' like the final twisted words of Darkthrone's 'The Pagan Winter'. Would you think of anything more to make this even more special than it is already? Obviously this wouldn’t be completely fitting here if most songs had none of these apocalyptic breakdowns typical of Doom Metal, most notably on the ending track 'Hallowed Be The Signs!'

You probably guessed it by now. This is not music for people that believe that music should fall in strict, easy to label, categories and should you be one of such people, stop reading and leave now. Neolith’s music is complex and daring and is intended for people who think that acts like Pan.Thy.Monium or their fellow countrymen Tenebris, with whom they share more than a little resemblance, provide some form of enlightenment besides the aural orgasm.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Thus I Fulfilled His Will
2. The Dark and Light In One
3. A Prayer
4. Fright Emblazoned on Faces
5. Limes Inferior
6. That Sorrowful Feast of the Damned
7. Asar Un-Nefer
8. Idimmu Expecting
9. The Most Excellent Charm Against the Son of Liar
10. Hallowed Be the Signs!

Duration : Approx. 51 minutes

Visit the Neolith bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-02-24 by Fréderic Cerfvol
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