NECROPHOBIC • The Third Antichrist (Reissue, div. vinyl colours) • LP
With thirty years of active, nefarious service under their bulletbelts, NECROPHOBIC are undisputed legends of the death and black metal underground. Formed in 1989 by drummer Joakim Sterner, the Stockholm based outfit propagated a singular and fearless vision from the very start, confirming their prowess with now legendary debut album ‘The Nocturnal Silence’ in 1993. Eschewing the self-conscious amateurism and primitive sonics that many of their peers held dear, NECROPHOBIC established a bold and vivid identity of their own, conjuring a densely melodic but endlessly wicked take on macabre extreme metal that countless lesser bands have since emulated.
‘The Third Antichrist’ is NECROPHOBIC’s third full-length record and was originally released in 1999. The Swedish black death metal legends are re-launching this album as one out of nine upcoming re-issues in total. For those who like a well-produced mixture of death metal and light black metal ingredients should not give this album a wide berth. Like the earlier releases ‘Hrimthursum’, ‘Death To All’ and ‘Satanic Blasphemies’ this year, ‘The Third Antichrist’ was also remastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound Studio.