NEKRODELIRIUM  are a pleasant surprise. Their hectic, almost early Gorgoroth-esque live vibe makes them worth the time, even with the odd hiccup. HATE  frequently play the UK but would be predictable even if this wasn’t the case, their sound a take on the Belphegor-meets-Behemoth blackened death metal template. Very heavy, very competent but unexciting, despite the odd standout moment. ABSU  are also frequently seen on the live circuit these days, and as such it’s easy to take them for granted – which would be a mistake. This is thoroughly superb blackened thrash with a heavy dollop of theatricality from one of the best frontmen in the game, Proscriptor McGovern. Properly assessing the ups and downs in the career of NARGAROTH  would take this entire magazine, but tonight confirms that the band deliveronstage. Despite the intense heat, even 11-minute epics seem to rush by, the group delivering their embittered black metal with both technical ability and charisma.
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