Cosmic Apostasy by NekhrahRelease date: September 29, 2017
From Nicosia, Cyprus comes the band Nekhrah, a death metal band with a full-length album entitled Cosmic Apostasy. Playing death metal focused on riffs, a band focused on making a lasting impact on the scene, Nekhrah hopes to impress listeners tired of bands that don’t play quality catchy riffery. Just sample track five, ‘The Face of Pain’ at the 1:10 mark to decide whether Nekhrah won’t satisfy your cravings for well-executed intense death metal to die for.
Cosmic Apostasy puts Nekhrah’s songwriting chops in full display. This album has moshpit-friendly segments, sections where the band plays at break-neck pace at just the right moments. Some bands love to blast and fill-in, then blast and fill-in once more. Nekhrah utilizes many catchy riffs to vary each section of the song, never overplaying one segment or playing a good riff with infrequency, causing fans to either tire of the overplayed sections or hear too little of a great riff in each song.
Nekhrah may be an unknown entity, and Cosmic Apostasy might not register with enough trendwaste the size of an army following metal these days, but that is indeed a shame. This certainly sounds like everything I’ve ever written about an unknown band that deserves more media coverage, but Cosmic Apostasy makes that notion even more heartbreaking. Like other obscure entities before them, Nekhrah has just released a good death metal album. Cosmic Apostasy may not rank and file with releases enshrined in the death metal canon, but comparisons to greatness are over-emphasized, and decent albums get thrown under the bus by writers who claim to hold every album to the standard of excellence, in spite of that notion being a disservice to fans who want to hear new music. We don’t want Nekhrah to be compared to Deicide, or Morbid Angel. Many bands feel pigeon-holed by writers who make a routine method of evaluation out of the unfair comparison the same writers make between bands of unequal stature. It isn’t a rightful measuring stick for a new band to exceed comparisons some writers will make between their albums and those of more celebrated acts. Let freedom ring. Give underground bands a chance.
Fans want to hear good music. Metal writers want to double their twitter stats. You, dear fan, should be the judge of what rhetoric is perfectly suited to which end result.
Should a critic be open-minded enough to realize Cosmic Apostasy has quality deserving of commendation, critics will be well aware that criticism isn’t warranted unless a band is guilty of a glaring error in judgement. Too often though, critics criticize just for the heck of it.
The truth is, the review in essence cheapens most fans’ appreciation for quality albums that they might find wholly interesting if not serenaded with a different perspective by a writer. Why review all these underground albums when hyped-up releases drive up page hits, some writers may in fact insinuate. This leads to many iterations of similar points of view for the same bands. Big bands rake in reviews in bunches, and very few reviews are dedicated to releases that aren’t served-up the same levels of hype. Nekhrah, for one, might be a victim of the numbers game. Hailing from Cyprus, a country with a smaller scene, a band with a limited budget to market their release, they will undoubtedly fail to get due attention that most bands pimped out to writers by major labels unfortunately will.
So, no one polices the scene but you, dear fan, who spends their time reading the reviews in the first place. Some writers obviously do this for a reputation. Some writers obviously do this for fun, which isn’t a bad thing altogether. But, some writers do this for the right reasons. Nekhrah plays music they love. They may make music to please themselves, but their appreciation for the public must stem from some audience giving them the credit they deserve. The least us journalists can do is take the music seriously for once and not treat this like it’s a popularity contest!
Cosmic Apostasy has obvious quality. It is an album I listened to repeatedly without the vaguest irritation. The riffs occupied space in my hypothalamus at night and the many dreams that resulted from said intoxication were utterly horrific. Got something to say about politics? Join a political news thread. Here’s news for you – Nekhrah’s Cosmic Apostasy kicks ass! It should smack yours up! Make that a headline.