It’s safe to say that this is the dawn of a new age for Nekrogoblikon. The self-styled “goblin metallers” have been plugging away in California since 2006, but their appearance at this year’s Download Festival appears to have pushed them from a silly internet fad to a fully fledged crowd-puller.
Kerrang! have decided to pick Nekrogoblikon up as their new darling and any readers of that magazine can vouch for the MCR levels of bumming that have taken place in the last few issues. ‘Power’ is not a release that is meant to further their musical catalogue, but one to market themselves to a whole new generation of potential fans.
Despite the flashy new logo, Nekrogoblikon are pretty much the same band that they were before they set sail to England last year. With two releases to their name (2006’s ‘Goblin Island’ and 2011’s ‘Stench’), they had a solid foundation that included breakthrough single, ‘No One Survives’. The five songs on ‘Power’ are more of the same really, so more melodic death metal disguised as metalcore, more odd instrumental sections and more silly moments. Flagship track, ‘Powercore’, showcases many of Nekrogoblikon‘s main traits with the added bonus of being catchy and interesting.
Perhaps the best track on ‘Power’ is the bizarre ‘Nothing But Crickets’, a song that wanders through a tale of an apocalyptic world where only crickets have survived (what happened to “no one survives” ey?). The monotony of just-another-breakdown is also smashed emphatically with a crunching thirty seconds that have you reaching for the nearest bucket to hurl up your breakfast.
Nekrogoblikon have arrived on UK shores, and this sure as hell won’t be the last you hear of them. With a supporting slot on next year’s Kerrang! Tour featuring Limp Bizkit and already an appearance by John Goblikon in the Kerrang! poster section, they may well be the most unlikely of heroes to spearhead a new movement of metal that actually enjoys what it’s doing.
Written by MG Savage (@MGsavagewriter)