Netherion - Sphere Of Terror
Reviewer: Rak Hiasat - 2012-08-02
Highlights: Words Of Perdition, Breeding Paralysis
Netherion, the Syrian, Pure Death Metal group, formed in 2011 and their debut album, “Sphere Of Terror” seems to be a major step for Death Metal. With the intense, thrash-based riffs and blaring blast beats, this album gets you pumped from the first riff. As for the band’s chemistry and how each member connects their inspirations, their sync is precise and, their sound is as brutal and technical as what me (and all Death Metal fans) are waiting for. For this, the band really caught my eye since the release of the album.
The album opens up with the instrumental track, "Into the Decay", the song used some static and deranged drums panning left to right and back again to give an apocalyptic feel right from the start. At the end of this strange message, the power of the guitars resonate as loud in, "Chains of Slavery". The vocals are nothing short of amazing, switching from low growls to powerful highs that give with some clarity to the pronunciation as well as the amazing atmosphere created by the female vocals.
Most of these songs like, "Words Of Perdition" and "Mutilate the Ignorance", follow the same basic idea and contain the same basic ingredients, but the band bakes such a damn fine cake that I really can’t ask for more. Every song contains a Suffocation-style groove at some point, low vocals that grind as death facing karma, higher notes that are reminescent of old-school Death Metal bands and, a nice, unique mixture of relentless blast beats and tasteful fills from the drums. It's kind of hard to explain, but there is a certain latent groove underneath the typical Death Metal riffs that somehow reflect the current time. This is especially obvious while listening to the opening of, " Sphere of Terror" or the middle section of, " Breeding Paralysis". The groove doesn't hinder the music that much and the band can usually pull it off rather well, but the similarity between them and some of the riffs of At The Gate's first album are rather striking.
In, "Catastrophic Reality" and "Dogmatic Separation" they used chunky, sinewy riffs that fit the tight triggered drum sound of Lance Wright to a tee in a remarkably clear production. What Netherion don't do so well, however, is perfect the art of originality.
The last three tracks also show some more melodic overtures by the lead guitars under massive distortion. Not to mention the great guitar solos at some points. As always, the tempo is never too fast and some up-tempo parts are enough to give variety to the obscure and lifeless sound. The snare drum’s sound is metallic and in contraposition to the low guitar tone and the not too clear bass drum. The groove is always important for Netherion, far more than sheer violence and speed, so check out the manic riff age with lots of tempo changes and stop and go parts.
I’ve always wanted to review this album as soon as it was released, and I’m here to tell you " Sphere Of Terror" is pretty cool, it’s most certainly a fluke as I highly recommend running very far away from anything else the band has floating around. However, if you can find this, pick it up even if you are a bit edgy and still question its worth!