Nephenzy Chaos Order (Swe) - Pure Black Disease
The unbridled speed of the first few tracks on "Pure Black Disease" may initially bring one to draw comparisons with Marduk due to a similar affinity for wild aggression topped with meticulous harmonies, but as the disc unfolds, the similarities stop as Nephenzy Chaos Order offer up a grating performance that utilizes many staples of Swedish black metal to arrive at their Earth scorching sound. "Pure Black Disease" is an unforgiving assault against mankind and even when they ease off on the speed in favor of more layered and 3 dimensional riff work, there is a feeling of hopelessness and mental instability that flourishes as if that is NCO's own stamp of musical identity. For one, the guitar tone strikes me as original to the point of irritation, for when a palm muted crunch, or high end dissonant chord runs ignite the sound space, the guitar tone inspires images of some malnourished heathen repeatedly scraping a cheese grater over the charred metallic skull of a human hunting robot. Perhaps my description is an embellishment, but there are some definite steel flakes erupting within that guitar tone, but then it seems to subside a bit when tremolo riffs unite with the machine like performance of drummer M Axe. The vocals add to the unstable vibe created by NCO as M Chaos chooses a traditional black screech for most of this album, but does save his performance from dimensionless redundancy by striving to take it higher and letting his voice break so that feeling of lunacy may further infect the music.