Yet another Germanic Death Metal formation relentlessly venting out anger and apocalypse and do it with pride. According to the biography the decision to play such misanthropic music was made simply because of needs of reducing boredom in daily life. Their demo already sold out so at least a few people appreciate what they’re doing. I missed the demo so I can’t compare anything here, however, I can state in full honesty that their first long player holds up nicely with Swedish Death/Black Metal traditions and belts out some dark keyboard arrangements along the way.
It’s a style they’ve grown to love and live out in their music, it’s not that interesting nowadays but the solid execution and vengeful spirit of these five long haired, Metal t-shirt, serious looking men prevails in their compositions. In short: “Nemesis MMIV” offers good Death/Black Metal and that’s pretty much it. The songs are brutal and melodic, some more thrashy than others, like the charging opener “Quest For Substance”.
The teaming lead guitars and low growling vocals definitely comes across as references to giants like DISMEMBER, AMON AMARTH and the rawness of pre Gossow ARCH ENEMY but with a few blast beat sections on display in between and not overdoing the solo work in every goddamn song, C.O.T. retains a semi brutal layer breaking through when the timing is right. Slower blackened symphonies like ”Lifeless” and “Altered Reality” pay homage to HYPOCRISY and their sonic dark atmospherics, especially a sombre classic like “The Final Chapter” must’ve been a part of the drive behind these tracks.
And so, with a nice powerful sound and additional bonus tracks (a trilogy of older tracks not too different from the album’s material), this self produced album delivers the very essence of Swedish Death Metal, a feast for die hard fans, a quick snack for worn out Death Metaller now riding the wave of Metalcore. (Online September 28, 2005)