Anthem of the Apocalypse
Crank this to 7.5 of 11
Industrial, Nu Metal
Sounds Like:
Machines of Loving Grace, Pitchshifter
Tuesday, October 08, 2019
The industrial genre rarely floats across our paths these days. Necroromantic, hailing form Richmond, British Columbia have risen from the 90s in conjunction with their “lost tracks” as they are apparently in the mode to slowly release the original 9 track album. The band is however sprinkling in new material as well. Behold, Anthem of the Apocalypse an interesting and nostalgic glimpse into industrial electronica blending drum machine accompaniment with dramatic vocal reflection in an emo/goth-like style. The EP is entertaining and contain some refreshing moments. Ultimately the EP waivers a bit, lacking a bit of cohesiveness and flow.

Track Listing:
1. Getit (3:31)
2. Take (4:49)
3. god (4:32)
4. Dream (4:31)

Standout Track:
"god" paints an interesting dark landscape with a flair for dramatic contrast. The soft vocals morph into very transparent angst coupled with some entertaining fretwork. The lyric ‘I’m waiting to die” rings powerful on this track as the last verses drop back down to a slow sonic reflection. Love the vocal effect at the end where distant hallway-like pitches come to a close.

Adult Beverage Pairing:
Hot Buttered Rum gets a unique Newfoundland twist with Screech and bakeapple butter. Bakeapples are a type of tart nordic berry that look like a golden raspberry. If you don’t have a supply on hand, feel free to use salted butter and 1 Tbsp of honey instead. This will sooth and help assuage the apocalypse.

4 cups apple cider, preferably unsweetened
12 oz Newfoundland Screech Rum or dark rum
4 tsp chilled Bakeapple Compound Butter or 4 tsp chilled salted butter + 1 Tbsp honey
6 cinnamon sticks, for garnish (optional)

1. Bakeapple Compound Butter: In a small bowl, stir 1 Tbsp room-temperature butter, preferably lightly salted, with 1 tsp bakeapple or apple jelly. Mound on top of plastic wrap and roll into a small log. Wrap and refrigerate until chilled. Compound butter will keep, sealed and refrigerated, for up to 2 weeks. Makes 4 tsp.

2. Set out 6 warmed heatproof mugs or Irish coffee glasses. Pour 2 oz screech into each mug. If using compound butter, omit honey. If using regular butter, spoon 1⁄2 tsp honey into each mug. Pour 2⁄3 cup warm cider into each mug. Thinly slice compound or regular butter. Top each drink with a little butter. Garnish with cinnamon sticks, if you like.

Captivation and Variety
7.2 out of 11

Lyrics and Song Structure
7.2 out of 11

Weight of the Heavy
6.2 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess
7.5 out of 11

Percussion Prowess
7.3 out of 11

8.2 out of 11

Overall Album Flow
7.2 out of 11

8.3 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
8.3 out of 11

Production Value
8.1 out of 11

Final Thoughts:
80s/90s NIN fans may appreciate the foray into reflective industrial and blend of nu-metal on Anthem of the Apocalypse. We appreciate Necroromantic’s energy and we will keep this EP to help diversify our further exploration into the heavy.

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