PURGATORY AS THE SERPENT DOMAIN
CD: Beast Of Prey BOP 2.3 
Ltd x 111
Everyday Of Doom
are days when I’m reviewing releases that I just know I’m
going to write something which will outrage / offend and cause a wad of
emails of complaint flooding into poor Jo who will have to bear the brunt
of it all. So can I just put in here that if anything is factually wrong
or displeasing please don’t waste your time complaining. I can only
go on what information I’m given / can find and my opinion is just
that. Mine and mine alone. Bet that little remark has Nekyia & Beast
of Prey sitting up all a flustered.
There are more questions than answers. Not here there’s not. Nekyia
then. Who are Nekyia? I can at least answer that one easily enough. For
this release they comprise of Manuzi, Grassi, Mania and Brzoza. Is this
their first release? Don’t know. It might be but then again might
not. Their website is still being set up and there’s no links to
them on the Beast of Prey site so your guess is as good as mine. So what
music do they play? Fucking good question Sherlock if I say so myself.
Which of course I’ve just done. Nekyia are a kind of neo-folk /
dark wave crossover act with black ambient leanings. My words mark you.
No-one else’s. Sounds iffy but is it? Actually no. Not in the slightest.
They mix male and female voices to some dynamic rhythms. Do they strum
guitars and all that stuff? Yes they do. Even a flute makes an appearance.
Fuck…a flute!! Surely that’s bad? Not in this context its
not. Every instrument used merely emphasises the beautiful melodies and
strong song structures on the seven tracks. Are the ambient bits shit?
Well I say ambient but really it's not a proper black dark ambient recording.
They use the electronics sparingly acting as a device for the music and
voices to bloom and flow. So could I dance to it then? If you wanted to
yes. Hey…it’s a free world so do what the fuck you like. There
are some, a lot in fact, toe tapping moments to be found here. They’re
not Goths are they? Now, now. Nothing wrong with Goths…bless their
black eye liner and nails heart. I wouldn’t say so. They could appeal
to that Vampire loving crowd but then again they’ll appeal to anyone
who appreciates pure musicianship and gifted song writing. Tell me they
sing in English so I can at least understand them? They sing in English.
Don’t worry. Is it a concept album then? Sort of. Kind of. Songs
about death, fear and surgery and other happy topics are all covered but
if that makes a concept so be it. Who do they sound like? Ah…the
$50.00 question. Does it matter is the answer. Let the music speak for
itself. But if you push me enough I would say probably a less military
Der Blutharsch. That’s selling them well short though. Is "Purgatory
as the Serpent Domain" a typically limited Beast of Prey release?
Need you ask. Of course. If you’re quick enough you might just pick
up the limited edition with enclosed surgical needles. Needles!! Wow!!
Bit sick that isn’t? Well it goes with the songs I suppose but really
it’s just marketing. Gotta make yourself known you know.
further questions? No thanks. You’ve told me all I need. I’ll
go and check them out. You’ve done your usual great reviewing job
by the way. Cheers. Glad someone appreciates me.
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