Necros Christos
Doom of the Occult
Style: Funeral Doom/Old-School Death/Folk
Release date: 11 March, 2011
Playing time: 73:04

"Doom of the Occult" is a melding of Funeral Doom/Old-School Death and some melodic interludes. And on the surface, all is well. They do a great job of creating a very dark soundscape, varying tempo in between Doom and Death levels, with some very grim sounding vocals. In between, there are a variety of interludes, some using a depressive organ while others are more of a middle-eastern folk vibe. The lead guitars often come in for some interesting solos as well, such as on "Descending into the Kingly Tomba".

But altogether, on the metal tracks, there really isn't much to differentiate one from the next. It's like they went with a rather standard formula and replicated it from track to track. They hit you with a few doom or death riffs, then throw in a solo, and all the while, it just comes across to me as very same-ish.

The interludes are cool, and inject a little more variety into the mix, but they aren't going to blow you away by any means.

Altogether, I really like what they've accomplished in terms of creating a sound, but it's tough to listen to it and say, "Hey this is [insert track name]!" It blends together, but there are few moments that really stand out to you as a listener. Perhaps perpetuating this is the fact that this is quite a long album.

Overall, this is something that is going to serve more atmospheric purposes I feel. And while I'm not huge on it after repeated listens, I still think there is a lot here that works well. This is probably going to appeal more to fans of Funeral Doom or Old-School Death, and is certainly worth checking out at the very least.


01. Temple I: Kyrie Eleison
Baal of Ekron
03. Temple II: Oremus. Levate. Shoresh ha-Ra hay-a Necros Christos
04. Hathor of Dendera
05. Gate 1: Naamaz
06. Temple III: Lux tecum. Et cum Necros Christum.
07. Necromantique Nun
08. Temple IV: Dona eis requiem, dona eis Christos Necros sempiternam.
09. Invoked From Carrion Slumber
10. Gate 2: Sugvari
11. Temple IX.99: Per necros Christos dominum nostrum. Amen. Amen. Amen.
12. Doom of Kali Maa - Pyramin of Shakti Love - Flame of Master Shiva
13. Gate 3: Dhwahma
14. Temple V: Sursum corda. Habemus ad Christum Necros.
15. Succumber to Sarkum Phagum
16. Temple VI: De profundis clamavi ad te, domine. Invocabit me, Necros Christe.
17. Visceras of the Embalmed Deceased
18. Gate 4: Marg
19. Temple VII: Vidimus stellam ejus in oriente. Liw-Jatan est Necros Christos dominum.
20. The Pharaonic Dead
21. Temple VIII: Ha-ma'Azil ha-Eljon. Necros Christos vobiscum.
22. Descending into the Kingly Tomba
23. Gate 5: Zolmat

Label: Sepulchral Voice Records / VAN Records
Distribution: The Ajna Offensive / SureShot Worx
Artwork rating: 28/100
Reviewed by: The Rev
Date: 4 April, 2011