A solid start
Essentially a four track EP (with two ‘radio edits’ tacked on. By the way, why do heavy bands do radio edits? The only radio they’re going to get played on is specialist metal shows on public/community stations across the country, and they’re going to play them regardless), this debut effort from NSW four piece heavy act Nekrofeist is a solid, essentially groove based metal release.
These guys bring some interesting ideas to the table on this EP. They manage to avoid some of the clichéd trappings of the genre, maintaining interest whilst still offering up tunes that are catchy, coherent and well structured. The musicianship and production are solid as a rock, and the vocals of singer Dave Tinelt are a real feature, alternating between throat ripping howls and soaring clean with real skill and confidence. Opening line of lyrics ‘We want hit you with a sledgehammer’ really sets the tone, and seems rather appropriate with what’s to follow!
I dig the Pantera/Machine Head influenced grooving nature of this band’s sound, but like those major acts they prove they can thrash the fuck out on occasion too (check out ‘Government Ruins’), and this juxtaposition provides some nice dynamics and variation.
Overall it’s quite strong, and especially for a debut. I can see these guys doing it even better on future releases. This is definitely a band to watch.