Neldöreth have set a charge against the gates of heaven with their newest EP, Invert Christ. Covered in the blood of non-believers, this dreadful duo from Pennsylvania have raised their weapons high and have declared war, in the name of Satan, against poser metal pussies everywhere. . . .
Having taken their name from a forest in J.R.R Tolkien’s The Silmarillion, Neldöreth’s sound does not, by any means, coincide with their suggested appellation. No pleasant “green” forest sounds . . . no “fresh water streams bubbling gently while small forest animals play and prance to satyr-strummed lyres.” Hell no! This is a full-on attack of metal madness that grooves, rips and shreds you from your eyeballs to your asshole, and back again.
After the opening few seconds of Invert Christ, assuring us that “God is not here today,” Neldöreth ‘s punishment soon begins. The first song is the title track which does a good job of combining driving rhythms and slower grooves, which is a theme that is carried throughout the album. Eternal Mockery really gets the fires burning with the guitar work: fast as lightning and smooth as glass. The groove of Oath of Blasphemy is anthem-like to say the least –raising the horns high in salute to the eternal spirit of metal.
I was pleased to hear some good guitar leads on Invert Cross that actually fit the underlying music. So often one hears guitar solos that are out of place and sloppy; but luckily, my trained and damaged ears didn’t hear a single bar of guitar lead that didn’t belong on the record. Oath of Blasphemy is a good example, where not only does the axe shred, it also provides a terrific melodic bridge to bring the ritual full circle.
With guest vocals from Matt Korr (of Korr) and Xaphan (Kult ov Azazel), killer covers of Death’s Evil Dead and Venom’s In League with Satan, Neldöreth do a good job overall, compensating this release with four original songs, which demonstrate their solid musicianship and aggression.
Keep your evil eye on these fuckers . . .