FAST RITES: because sometimes brevity is fundamental.
When it comes to cross-pollination of thrash, black metal seems to have all the fun these days. But Canadian heshers Phylactery have a thing or two to say about that. On their debut effort for Unspeakable Axe, Necromancy Enthroned, the Edmonton upstarts serve up a reminder that death thrash done right is still one hell of a good time. It helps that this three-piece keeps it loose and lethal, avoiding the high polish and airtight chugging that sometimes dulls the attack of similar records. These guys stay crusty and primal, and it’s the metric ton of riffs that make Necromancy Enthroned work. Guitarist T.G. (probably does NOT stand for “The Guitarist”) does an impressive job varying their tempo and style, ranging from a sharp, vicious blitz to familiar thrash-muted chugging to the occasional tremolo picking.
Put simply, Necromancy Enthroned is a very solid opening bow, and Phylactery is one to watch.
Release date: August 18, 2017. Label: Unspeakable Axe