CD Review: NEPHELIUM ~ Coils of Entropy
Release date: February 7, 2012
Hailing from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates comes Nephelium, a five piece band looking to make some waves in the death metal world. Although they currently claim Toronto,Canada, as home, they were the first metal band to come out of the Middle East. Devlin Anderson handles the vocals and his low, guttural death growls are absolutely hellish. Alex Zubair is vicious on the guitar attack, while James Sawyer’s axe work is also phenomenal. Flo Ravet brings the bass and Alan Madhavan is simply carnivorous on the skins.
The name Nephelium was derived from the book of Genesis, a term given to progenies resulting from mating between fallen angels and human women.
The band formed in the late 90s in Dubai but after several years they moved to Canada with higher aspirations in mind. They have been tearing up the scene ever since and they are now prepared to offer us the full-length debut album, Coils Of Entropy.
The onslaught comes quickly and without mercy. “Burial Ground” comes smashing its way out of the gate in a fury. One thing you will understand from the start is just how brutal this entire album is going to be. This track is appropriately named as it buries you under a sea of gutturals, heavy thrash, insane riffage and sweet solos.
“Merciless Annihilation” is another breakneck speed thrash sensation that is very appropriately named. If you thought the riffs were badass in the first track, they are pure devastation here. Brutal and crushing with killer solos, this is definitely a standout track, and the album’s first single.
“Hellborne” and “Malediction” follow the suit of the first two tracks although “Malediction” comes in as the second longest track on the album at just under nine minutes. Diabolical and destructive, these tracks will blast you off the ground and plant you on your ass with the raw brutality and incredible solos.
“Halls Of Judgment” hits you with a slower, but more methodical and heavy rhythm. Anderson’s vocals are raw and raspy. The riffage is frenetic and weighty and this track includes one of the most badass solos on the album.
“Coils of Entropy” is the title track and premier standout track on this album. It’s the heaviest and the longest song at just over ten minutes and it incorporates a mixture of everything I have mentioned so far. Barbarous riffage and tempo changes, devastating gutturals and incredible melodic guitar make this my favorite track.
Overall, this is an excellent debut album for a band that is ready to take the next step up. It’s easily imagined that Anderson’s guttural death growls are rising directly from the pits of hell. I don’t believe the guitarists’ talent is ever in question in between the blistering thrash, pulverizing riffs and sweet solos! These guys have definitely made their mark on the death metal genre and I look forward to what they will come up with next. But for now I will enjoy this masterpiece that is Coils Of Entropy!
Devlin Anderson – vocals
Alex Zubair – guitars
James Sawyer – guitars
Flo Ravet – bass
Alan Madhavan – drums