With a name like Wizardthrone, you would expect a bunch of guys in cloaks and face paint to be bounding with another dose of power metal. Surprisingly, Wizardthrone have gone for the futuristic sunglasses visor look and sci-fi-esque presence. Let’s see if they can engineer something brilliant in ‘Hypercube Necrodimensions’.
Interlacing an operatic narrative with black metal blasts, opener ‘Black Hole Quantum Thermodynamics’ is both entertaining and interesting in how it rides between the two, where with one it can be overly cheesy and the other unintelligible. Here, though, it perfectly verges on either side then perfectly blends in the middle for a fantastic rollercoaster. This is continued in ‘Frozen Winds Of Thyraxia’, with the odd spoken word section to add some further meaning to the story.
Vocalist V. Morbistopheles Jones follows in tune with the background instrumentation, with verses of bold quotations as if from a historic book. He then flits between vile screams and demonic roars at a split seconds notice, as we see in ‘Forbidden Equations Deep Within The Epimethean Wasteland’, to comply with the rampant riffs and atmospherical pauses.
Not to be outdone on any front, ‘Of Tesseractual Gateways And The Grand Duplicity Of Xhul’ starts out as a rampant monster, with groove laden death metal before progressing into a harmonious build up of brass horns and subtle pianos that lead to an equally brutal beatdown.
The ending funeral pyre, ‘Beyond The Wizardthrone’, is as epic as it gets from any movie soundtrack, and more or less sounds like it could be one. Choirs hone the beginning of the end before cascading into a thrall of classic-metal-meets-opera-meets-everything-else in this 15-minute long barrage.
Exploring the scientific has meant that Wizardthone haven’t produced a one-sided cheesy opera. On ‘Hypercube Necrodimensions’, the band have produced a dramatic and genuinely entertaining album that just keeps adding more at each step rather than settling for a middle line.