NECRONOCLAST is a solo Black Metal project from Scotland who previously released some CD’s by himself already that were apparently of poor quality both production wise and music wise, the last according to TMO brother Arve. And indeed when this new recording “Monument” commences the initial thoughts are appalling. The slow start of “Resurrection” is horrible and completely void of emotion. The idea of slow ominous drum beats coupled with dark (bass) guitar tones is fine but the sound is so lifeless that it simply fails miserably.
Bad start, but surprisingly the rest of the album is quite good, with the rare moment being real good. Once “Monument To The Dead” gets going for example the guitar work is real good and it immediately sets the tone for an dark, melancholic Black Metal album. The strongest point of NECRONOCLAST’s music is probably Greg’s vocals which are very befitting for his brand of Black Metal with its misanthropic character. His voice is on the lower end of the spectrum but still a definite shrieking one and the sick twists (“Mourning Life”) and slow tempo really advance the music as well as contrast because “Monument” isn’t always slow-paced by far.
Not so good is the drumming; while the sound per se is decent enough for a drum computer the cymbals sound lifeless, at out of place and they’re not frequent enough. Finally, for only six songs the album might be a bit too long winded as Greg isn’t able to continuously maintain the level of the good sections. Still, I’m not disappointed at all, because the guitar playing is very emotional, raw and melodic at times and coupled with his fine voice there are plenty of enjoyable parts here. If not for the fact that the negative points are more annoying than you would expect the rating surely would’ve been higher. (Online July 29, 2006)