A crazy musical journey
Californian band Nekrogoblikon was formed in 2006 and has released five full-length albums that are filled with wild death metal music. The Fundamental Slimes And Humors highlights Nekrogoblikon’s exciting use of vocals and instrumentation to show people who they are as a band. Guitarists Alex Alereza Joe Nelson and Bassist Aaron VanZutphen give each track a heavy dose of hard-hitting riffs, the keyboard playing by Aaron Minich fills the air with amazing notes, Eric W. Brown’s heavy drum beats contribute to the insanity and Nicky Calonne’s voice dominates each tune with authority. Nekrogoblikon knows how to raise hell on The Fundamental Slimes And Humors.
Opening song “Right Now” starts things off with a bang due to the surging guitar playing. Right off the bat, powerful guitar riffs emerge from the background and the surging noise welcomes listeners to Nekrogoblikon’s world. Additionally, Alereza, Nelson and VanZutphen do a great job of staying attuned with one another as they weave each riff together, illustrating their talents.
Amazing track “Supernovas (Exploding in Space)” shows how Nekrogoblikon isn’t afraid to test the waters with different musical styles. The combination of metal and experimental rock can cause people to feel the doom that is constantly lingering in the atmosphere. A highlight of this track is hearing Minch’s keyboard skills, which bring an emotional feeling of uncertainty for those who are lost in the darkness. “Supernovas (Exploding in Space)” is a moving song that shows how talented Minch is as a keyboardist.
Headbanger “A Lesson in Hate” is another song that has a mixture of metal and experimental rock— but what steals the show is Calonne’s vocal performance. Although the instrumentation takes over the first half, Calonne shreds the second half with his raspy and fast voice. The faster Calonne sings the lyrics the more fun it is to be listening to the music. “A Lesson in Hate” has Calonne showing off his powerful voice.
Harmonic “Fancy Wind” is a great example of how Nekrogoblikon isn’t afraid to play rock music while maintaining the image of metal, but what shines the brightest is the drumming by Brown. While listening, the sound of Brown playing a mix of classic rock and metal can be heard blaring from the speakers, emphasized by his exciting switches to different drumming styles throughout the piece. “Fancy Wind” is a blazing composition that has Brown playing his heart out on the drums.
Righteous “No Such Thing As a Key” ends things loudly. The instrumentation remains solid with each guitar riff bringing a strong vibe of harmony. Each keyboard note brings the emotion of never-ending fear, and the vocals share the truth about how there isn’t an easy way out when fighting the darkness. “No Such Thing As a Key” is gorgeous due to how the instrumentation and vocals give listeners a taste of reality.
Nekrogoblikon proves how creativity can exist in music. This band does have their feet on the gas pedal.