Necandi Homines – „Da’at”
Vacula Productions

Probably my favorite thing about this album is that it manages to be both incredibly creepy and very musically interesting. There’s no pointless technical noodling here – Necandi Homines clearly have a singular vision of the atmosphere they wanted to create with this album, and every one of the album’s crooked, bizarre riffs is completely focused toward that purpose. Necandi Homines is a very ambitious project, and at least with this album the band has executed their vision perfectly,displays impressive musical creativity, mixing numerous vocal styles and subtle ambience with very unorthodox guitar work.Ranging from 4-17 minutes each, there is no track among these that will not take it’s time with the listener; but the vine-like crawl of the guitars is incredibly focused, and each bit of atmosphere, like a slowly riding piece of percussion, a cleaner and mournful vocal line, or a groovy bass-line strutting its own path is perfectly placed to maximum effect.The sound Necandi Homines have crafted is definitely unique, truly original and defy categorization. There are black metal elements, hints of post rock, progressive touches and sludgy riffs on.Built on a rock-solid foundation of old-school doom metal and both first-wave and second-wave black metal, Necandi Homines has forged these two seemingly incompatible elements into a seething blackened whole.The base of the music is undoubtedly modern black metal, but not in that ultra-blasting sense that seems to be the dominant style right now. This is rather slow, but with some ingenious tempos and tempo-changes. Riffing-wise it’s extremely cold and with a depressed edge, sometimes borderline on what would be considered depressive black metal; but this is nothing of the sort. And the vocals… I can’t remember the last time I’ve heard such nuance in the vocal department, if I’ve ever heard such nuance. They’re shouting and screaming in tons of different ways and they’re whispering and speaking in manners that paint a mental image of a demonic possession. It’s as if they’ve recorded a dozen mental patients in solitude, and then just adapted it to fit the music.The band mixes doom and black metal perfectly, borrowing the best aspects from each. The guitar is rhythmic and deep throughout, pulling out doom riffs that sound like they were made just for black metal. They have that black metal hook, but with the slow drawl of doom.The production quality is perfect for this kind of music. It has a little bit of rust around the edges, but not enough to make you check if your headphones came a little unplugged. It’s not hifi, but not distractingly bad. A perfect medium. There’s also a large and empty quality to it, like it was recorded in a huge underground cave. This adds to the aesthetic immensely.There is something going on almost all the time that makes you just close your eyes and let the mind slip away. If life itself was a musical, this is how it sounds.Necandi Homines has given you life for what it really is. Get your hands on this album as soon as you possibly can.