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Necrodemon - Allegiance To The End 2003 Reaper Records reviewed by: Grim Gaijin

Track Listing
1) Intro/Non-Divine
2) Cthulu Mytho
3) Kingdom Of Shadows
4) IV
5) Apparition
6) Death Of Merlin (Chant Of Making IV)
7) Feed The Worms
8) Prophet Of Doom
9) The Meatwagon
10) Mord-Sith
11) Galactic Tomb
"We are sworn to darkness and metal" states a liner note from the inside of Necrodemon's latest release, "Allegiance To The End". I couldn't have said it any better because Necrodemon is in true form, an evil metal band. Grim production on the band's fourth outing reminds me of a mold between early Morbid Angel and Rigor Mortis (R.I.P.)!

It is obvious that Necrodemon plays metal from their bleeding hearts because they are absolutely punishing on every track - without the assistance of constant blast beats, super fast over-distorted riffs, and the continual use of guttural vocals. Instead, they kill with that old school metal talent for creating devastating metal riffs without sounding like the average death metal band. The drums and bass synchronize like a death storm in hell, sounding a lot like classical Dead Brain Cells but heavier, faster, and much angrier.

Unlike most modern death metal albums, every song on "Allegiance..." sounds different, but equally devastating in their delivery, a feat that Necrodemon seems to have perfected. Although it's hard, if I had to choose some standout tracks, they would be: "IV", "Death of Merlin", "Prophets of Doom", "Mord-Sith", and the haunting "Chutulu Mytho".

Don't expect crystal clear production, mid-song breakdowns, ballads, or lightning fast death metal. However, you better prepare yourself for an onslaught of heavy metal that is deemed to get under your skin and kick your ass! Necrodemon definitely deliver with "Allegiance To The End" and are bound to keep the metal underground marching on to world annihilation.


--Grim Gaijin 11.12.04
About this Writer:
David Loveless // Dave's early introduction to Metal was listening to records by Black Sabbath and Kiss. Discovering Metallica's Master of Puppets on record at the local public library turned his world upside down. After spending nearly 24 years in Japan and expanding his love for the International underground metal scene, Dave (and family) now resides in the US. The savage brutality of Extreme Metal brings out the "Grim Gaijin" in him.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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Allegiance To The EndNecrodemon
2003
David Loveless11/12/2004
Ice Fields Of HyperionNecrodemon
2006
David Loveless1/23/2008


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