Album review: Nekromant – Temple of Haal

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Album review: Nekromant - Temple of Haal

Black Sabbath Fans Deliver What We Expect

Haal temple, the latest album by Swedish metal trio Nekromant, plays like the film’s secret soundtrack Environment. It’s a beautiful piece of music, but it lacks depth and originality both in terms of lyrics and musical composition. Often referred to as the modern Black Sabbath, Nekromant mimics the classic heavy metal sound without adding much more than limited production value.

Said to be inspired by Nekromant’s hometown of Vargön, Haal temple juxtaposes the serene Swedish landscape with harsh and disorganized mythological imagery. Guitarist Adam Lundqvist said in an interview with Metal1.info that the name Haal in the album title is a reference to Halleberg, one of the twin mountains of their hometown. A more sinister version of Halleberg was reimagined for the album cover.

Each song on the album stands on its own, and there doesn’t seem to be an overall theme or concept linking the album apart from the fantastic ramblings of someone who’s watched too much. the Lord of the Rings. However, Sweden’s long, dark winters seem to have given this trio plenty of time to solidify their musical style. Their riffs are effortlessly shredded and their sound is surprisingly full to consist of just three people. But, generic to the genre, they tend to use a lot of repetitive lines, which seems to lengthen already long pieces such as “Olórin’s Song” and “King Serpent”. In conjunction with their use of dynamic, little-changing musical phrasing, it is easy to place the majority of Haal temple in the background music category.

The title track, “Temple of Haal”, displays their outdated heavy metal style. He has a steady beat and experiments with the cutoff time that just seems to drag the song along instead of adding the emphasis it wants. There is no modulation or melodic variation, so the music seems to be getting nowhere, consistently staying on the same plane. The vocals sound a bit thin and strained, especially over the lyrical notes on the bridge “I see this place on top of the mountain.” The song incorporates an extended guitar solo to break up the monotony of regular driving, but the actual framework of the overall melody is pretty standard. If this trail were about a minute shorter it might be easier to enjoy.

The best track on this album is “The Woods”. If “The Woods” were a TV show, it would be worthy of its own spinoff series. It’s big, catchy, and it has a feel that stands out from the rest of the album. Most importantly, it features many differentiating sections that keep the listener engaged as well as the easily identifiable triplet chant, “Lead me to my last haven, build me an altar of death,” which would win the support of even the supporters. more detached. participating in the concert.

Nekromant worked with a new label, Despotz Records, to create Haal temple. The result was a sharper production value that doesn’t quite match their current style. On the bright side, this new production standard has a chance to slowly take Nekromant away from its traditional heavy metal style and lay the groundwork for a more electronic post-hardcore sound. Haal temple is not an out of the ordinary album, but in combination with their cult and positive presence on social media, it certainly takes them forward in the programming of a festival. It will be interesting to see what else they accomplish in collaboration with Despotz Records. The talent is there. It’s just time for some more in-depth exploration. Hopefully Nekromant will venture further into “The Woods” and come out ready to unleash his full potential.


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