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Having been around the block a few times, German troupe Necronomicon has endured their share of ups and downs throughout their time in the thrash metal scene. Returning with their seventh studio release, this act attempts to rekindle the Teutonic thunder of their heyday with the 10-track INVICTUS. Coming off like a hybrid of Destruction and Accept (“Unleashed”), this experienced group keeps the thrashing mid-tempo with major traditional metal inflections embedded within the structures of the songs (“Upon Black Wings”) to give their tried and true delivery a battle ready balance between heavy and melodic (“Pandora’s Box”). While originality is not a strong suit here, Necronomicon make up for their not so subtle borrowing with passionate interplay and unbridled headbanging spots aplenty (“Unconquered”). -Mike SOS
- Mike SOS