Album Review: The Fundemental Slimes and Humours // Nekrogoblikon

Nekrogoblikon have been on my radar for a few years. I saw them at The Joiners in Southampton and I was amazed at how many people could fit on the tiny stage. Obviously the stand out was Jon Goblikon, their goblin hypeman, who added so much fun and humour to their show. I love Nekrogoblikon and I love their silliness. I’ve been listening to a lot of their music lately and am going to see them at Bloodstock. So I was very excited when this album was brought to my attention.

I have heard the singles off it and I think they are fantastic. “Golden Future” is great with the silly synths adding a big element to their sound. It comes at you at a frenetic pace and I can tell that this is going to sound massive live.  You can’t fail to grin at these songs. I also think that “Right Now” is a perfect choice as an album opener too. It chugs along at a reasonably fast pace, and has a very infectious chorus too. It’s fun, and it’s silly, and that is sometimes all you want from an opener, that sets the tone.

Personally, I like “Yin.” I like the death metal riff and feel that it would sound amazing in a live setting. Yes, the production is a bit muddy, but it has the potential to cause big pits with that filthy riff. However if I’m going to be slightly critical, I think the chorus on “Bones”  falls a bit flat because it feels a bit forced. They make up for this though on “Going to Die” which is a straight up banger A fun and bouncy riff dominates the song, then the plinky synth at the end brings a refreshing approach to the music.  Oh my god, there’s more. There’s pirate-style synths on “A Lesson in Hate” which sound absolutely bonkers. It is going to make people lose their minds when they listen to it, and I think this will add very nicely to their catalogue of awesome songs.

The Fundamental Slimes and Humours is an awesome album because it’s so silly, it has big, fun songs. It brings the exuberance, the party, and the goblins in the process.

Words by Ermis Madikopoulos

Album Review: Mephitic // AHTME

AHTME are back with a brand new album, Mephitic. It follows on from their debut album, Sewer Born which was released in 2018. Their brutal crushing drums and pummeling guitars is an acquired taste but they’ve built up a strong following.  The band consists of Brent Turnbow (vocals), Craig Bruenger (bass), Dalton Harper (guitar) and Jordan Plumer (drums).

Death metal is a genre that focuses on extreme brutality. On Mephitic, AHTME have focused on neck snapping groove focused guitar riffs. It rushes straight out the blocks with the opening one-two of ‘Swarm of Fools and ‘Putrid Perforation.’ Both tracks are very fast, but have a gripping melody that keeps you hooked. Harper’s guitar playing is tighter and slicker.

‘Hair Of the Hog’ is reminiscent of old school death metal. The musicianship is tight, leading to a delicious colossal experience. There are some back metal elements, especially in the guitar parts, which show variation. ‘Valley of the Gourds’ is one of those songs where you will break your neck headbanging. The relentless groove and thrashy riffs are memorable because they’re very energetic.

Overall, Mephitic shows AHTME are able to stand out from the crowd. They’ve created infectious riffs and expanded their sound palette. This album should take them onto bigger things because it can appeal to any metalhead.

Mephitic released on July 26th on Unique Leader.

Words by Ermis Madikopoulos