'Goblins Be Thine'

(Red Stream)

MARK: 87/100



I know that it's difficult to be unbiassed when you have to review one of your favourite bands, but this is what I'm trying to do right now. This mini-CD just confirms Killjoy's band's attitude and capacity of showing different aspects of terror and pathological affections in several ways, keeping their music fresh and involving with disarming easiness all the time.

The gates of the haunted tenement are opened by the funeral keyboards "Young Burial", followed by an energic thrash metal riff; a short song with a short solo and black vomited shrieks preceding the final riff, consisting of the initial pachydermical one in E repeated slow.
"To Sleep with the Dead" offers elegant yet morbid keyboards layers and whispered vocals; soon the rest of the instruments attack without vehemence, just pomposity. The march towards the burial niche or the ground goes on; this is a real hymn to coituses with bodies devoid of life, so that I personally feel I must recommend it as a soundtrack of an awaited sequel of the 1974 cult movie, "The Necrophile", even though it's already a rearranged reprise of Ruggero Deodato's masterpiece "Cannibal Holocaust".
Almost 12 minutes of freezing music is "The Fog"; this masterpiece shall make the bottom of your spine thrill; the keyboards suggest a mix of sick emotions; you'll feel as if you were alone in a cemetary where the wind and some noises can make you hair become white in a second or even worse locked inside a morgue where one of the ranked cadaver makes a movement; rigor mortis or what? Who to call for help?
The following words together with the start of the instruments refer to something burning and moving in the fog, yet I assure you that the previous part could be applied to a great number of situations. Killjoy's vocals sound as disturbing as possible, the riffs are slow and razorblade-like, but then you have an acceleration with fast kick drums, a break and a solo guitar; the stop 'n' goes and the wicked dooming riff perfectly match the double vocals (tomb and vampirical ones); and here come the murky keyboards lines of the beginning. Ok, I'm ready to be immolated.
Those who request grimness and heaviness at once will dig "Sadako's Curse", where Killjoy uses 3 different kinds of demonic vocals, one after another; the violin a là My Dying Bride and the ghastly keyboards contribute to make this one the best track, a manifest to diabolical possession.
The title track includes keyboards, noises, howls, powerfully low drones, zombie vocals and disquieting keyboards; it seems easy to make a song with a PC, some effects and a lot of fantasy, nevertheless it isn't; and Mirai proves that it's necessary to own a big dose of good taste not to turn out confused or messy.
The last is a hidden track, probably titled "Harvest Ritual"; it's a chain of horror flick parts with just 30 seconds of music within. Excellent closure.

There's not much to add about Necrophagia; whatever they release, you can be sure it's a pearl for all horror maniacs; the 6-piece changes and remains interesting on high levels; the songwriting is top-notch and so is the recording. The only blame goes to the cover and booklet design company, which made a mess of the lyrics and the titles of the song.
Yes, reality can unimaginably be worse than fiction, but the sickest nightmares which live in this half an hour are deign to bear the Necrophagia logo. Once again this is a must even tho it's only a MCD.


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