Neolith - I Am the Way

Neolith – „I Am the Way”
Limited edition,500 copies
Mythrone Promotion

Neolith is Death/Black Metal commando and bands beginnings date back to 1991, Lesko (Poland). The group became recognizable in the local underground due to ist first demos and concerts.Neolith’s music originated as Death/Doom (first three albums) and later evolved to the brutal and dark Death/Black with some Thrash elements.
„I Am the Way” is the best record so far released by the band.Neolith perfectly combines elements of black metal with ethnic influences. While in most cases good production tends to harm the quallity of a Black Metal album in this case it actually enhances it; Levi raspy vocals are clearer than ever and really stand out on the album and the folky Middle Eastern riffis are of exellent clarity as well.There’s pretty much no other way to put it: „I Am the Way” totally annihilates everything in its path. From the first devastating riffs to the grand finale, this disc will tear your face off.Songwriting for „I Am the Way” is definitely top-notch.
Neolith manages to combine the intensity and brutality of death metal with the cold, sinister atmosphere of black metal quite successfully.The riffs slice like knives, propelled by the wall of percussion behind them, and Levi vocals are placed perfectly in the mix. The dynamics are perfect as well – it’s not all a constant pummeling, although the majority of it is. There are slower passages here and there, however, with meandering Eastern noodling or haunting clean guitar to give the listener breathing room and help contribute to the extreme-folk feel the whole album carries.
As previously mentioned, one could complain that too many of the songs sound similar, and many of them do, but for once that doesn’t bother me. The album flows smoothly from song to song, the intensity builds and wanes and builds again, and then you’re knocked on your ass by a passage as brutal as anything you’ve ever heard, then it ebbs again. Through it all, aided by the folk melodies of the riffs, leads, and interludes, runs the sinister and distinctly Middle Eastern atmosphere mentioned above.
The most amazing part of „I Am the Way” is the fact that Neolith creates such a unique atmosphere without sacrificing tenacity. Instead of using a plethora of instruments to create their sound, the band relies on solid, creative riffs that leave you awestruck. They’re not the most technical Black Metal band out there, but they do have solid musicianship.
It’s hard to pick out individual highlights,all the songs are pretty spectacular, and there’s no reason to ever use your skip button.I would recommend this album to fans of any type of metal.Absolutely worth picking up!!!