Nuclear War Now! Promo Roundup: Necrosic, Howls of Ebb, Cauchemar & Necromantic Worship

The apocalyptic powers that be over at Nuclear War Now! Productions have seen fit to bless us with plague, famine, war and death once again. And metal. A full metal colonoscopy. It’s coming out my backbutt as we speak—and after you’ve reveled in these gifts it’ll be coming out of yours too. Want stuff coming out your butt? Get in here.

We might as well dispense with the pleasantries and get right down to Necrosic. I ain’t no death metal connoisseur, so I’ll keep this short and sour. Released on April 15th of this year, the Putrid Decimation 12″ MLP  is your one stop spot to clot and rot (this sentence sucks, sorry). You’ve got riffs inside of riffs inside of riffs—a riff Turducken, if you will. You’ve got melody oozing out of myriad suppurating wounds. You’ve got production straight out of that 90s sweet spot. You’ve got a surgically removed cancerous lung on vocals. If you prefer your death metal to \m/^. .^\m/ rather than to swallow your soul, give Necrosic a stab below.

Now for some death metal that will swallow your soul: Howls of Ebb. Earlier this year some stranger named W. highlighted Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows for This Toilet Tuesday. I am just now getting around to taking a crack at it because, while people often tell me what to do, nobody tells me when to do it. And the verdict is that Pendlomic Vows is a fantastic record. When all the buzz was initially going around about that Pyrrhon album, this is kind of what I expected. Boy, was I let down (sorry Edward). The Mother of Virtues was certainly chaotic and deranged, but it sounded willy-nilly to me, not thoroughly composed. Which I guess is what fans like about Pyrrhon’s free-metal sound. Where Howls of Ebb excels is in taking base-level experimentation and drenching it in outré atmospheres for an altogether chthonic experience. Their play with language and sonic textures goes hand in hand: just as they seem to prefer evocative word-pairings to logical ones (get a load of those song titles, eh?), they select sounds that create tension and vertigo rather than those which simply sound correct. At times jazzy and brainsick, at others vast and exalting, Cursus Impasse contains nary a dull moment. If you’re into weird death and you still haven’t snatched this thing up—YOU ARE LIVING YOUR LIFE ALL WRONG.

Next up is a not very good band that you can skip unless of course the cup of tea they’ve prepared is just right for you, in which case you should feel free to not skip them, and even like them if you are so inclined. Cauchemar hail from some country north of the U.S. that doesn’t matter, and they are in possession of a time machine. They’ve used it to go back in time to find the very first metal band ever, learn their riffs, kill them, feed their bodies to pigs, and travel back to 2016 to… uh… well, the plan really doesn’t make any sense from a logistical or financial angle. But hey, metal is all bloated and newfangled and doomed these days anyway, right? Only retro is real. Cauchemar’s new LP, Chappelle Ardente, will be released on June 5th (you can jam the title track here and band an older album below). Fans of Blue Oyster Cult‘s rehearsal tapes or “proto-metal” should find something to toke along to here.

I’ve saved the last for last: Necromantic Worship‘s The Calling… Can you hear it? Necromantic Worship is calling you, and it’s coming from inside your house. At least the vocals sound like they might be. They might be issuing creepily from a closet upstairs, at the end of a darkened hallway. Or someone might be whispering loud murder fantasies at you from the other end of a shitty land-line. Or they might have been harvested from an EVP (electronic voice phenomenon derrrrrrrp no such thing but whatever) recorded by that monarch of all Affliction-apparel-wearers, Zak “I Fight Ghosts with a K” Bagans.

Toilet ov Hell not liable for broken computer screens

Toilet ov Hell not is not liable for any damage to your computer screen incurred while trying to punch this face

Translation: the vocals are delivered exclusively in a distorted, hissy whisper. It’s a bit off-putting at first. And also upon repeated listens. I thought I would eventually learn to tune them out, as the music around them is pretty great, but this never came to be. They are a distraction, pure and simple. I just wish someone in the band had thought to consult me before voting on what vocal style to go with.

Moving on. Where Necromantic Worship truly shines is in their inversion of the classic bass and guitar roles. On The Calling…, the dry and understated guitar distortion plays second fiddle to that beautiful bass tone. The band builds around this backbone with succulent guitar leads that are both dark and emotive, the liberal application of keyboards, and an overall sound that is murky without obfuscating anything. I guess my only prevailing problem with the album is that it contains only two original songs, accompanied by two synth interludes and a not entirely necessary Necromantia cover tune. I won’t go into Necromantic Worship’s Hellenic connections because I don’t know jack squat about Hellenic black metal so I’ll just say that this sounds pretty refreshing to me. Out now on tape!

You can purchase Nuclear War Now! goodies here, or follow these bands here, here, here and here.

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  • Dubs

    Good work, Richter. Howls of Ebb >>>

  • This Necromantic Worship is fucking really good so far! Glad they got rid of that stupid drum machine. Reminds me a lot of Void Meditation Cult and a bit of Demoncy. Good stuff…

    • Fuck, this really rules!!! Loving this.

    • The covers of that project are so over-the-top and charming. Love it. Did you manage to find their first casette?

      • No, because of the drum machine I refused to buy it. Just ordered the new one now though. NWN is having a sale so it was only like $4. Great deal!

        • Got it. This new release is clicking with me, too. The first one was like a novelty, but I didn’t jammed it because the drums,either.

  • Waynecro

    Necrosic and Howls of Ebb are pretty cool. And “Next up is a not very good band that you can skip unless of course the cup of tea they’ve prepared is just right for you, in which case you should feel free to not skip them, and even like them if you are so inclined” is officially my new favorite sentence.

  • Dagon

    While people often tell me what to do, nobody tells me when to do it.

    I live by this mantra.

  • Zak T. Bagans will fight a ghost anywhere, anytime. So tough.

  • Scrimm








        • ᶜʰᶦᶫᶫ ᵈᵃʷᵍ


          • Bro, you’re going to get a hemorrhoid.

          • too late :/

          • That’s unfortunate. Those ain’t fun to have.

          • #fact

          • Dubs

            I got another flair up earlier this semester, but thankfully they went away quickly. I can thank grad school for hemorrhoids, I guess.

          • Glad, you got through it fast this time. I had them bad when I was having severe gastritis a few years back. It was no fun at all.

          • Dubs

            At least it’s been a while for you!

          • Yeah, I’ve learned how to control them through diet. Constipation is a bitch.

          • Dubs

            I eat a lot of fruits and veggies, so any flare-ups I get seem to be stress-induced.

          • Stress <<<<<<<<<<<<<

          • more beer

            Fiber Dubs. Oatmeal, whole wheat bread anything high in fiber is good for these issues. While fruits and vegetables are delicious and good for you. They are not really high in dietary fiber.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            You like Blackfoot right? They’re coming near me.



          • CyberneticOrganism


    • Getcha Gravitational Pull

      • Waynecro

        I was waiting for someone to make that joke.

        • i see the word and I’m triggered.

          • Dubs

            Are you trying to pull a fast one on us?

          • He who gets pull never goes too fast.

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      Everything with mass has its own gravitational pull, but then I’m sure you know that.

      • I know the coefficient for gravity in both SI and English units, out to three decimals.


        • Dave Vincent’s Perm

          I have to have two different values for acceleration due to gravity in my calculator since Mechanics and Physics have them to different decimal places.

          • I once had a plumber try to explain how plumbing works due to “gravity”. I wanted to scream.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            Don’t let gravity bring you down

  • Hails Richter. Now checking out Cauchemar, I’m not digging the vocals but the riffs are there, and Necromantic Worship rocks that bass.

    Great round, there’s a little for everyone in these recommendations. Thanks, Richter.

    • That Necromantic Worship tone is like a goddamn jet airplane engine. I love it!

      • The third song deliver the grooooves thanks to that massive bass playing. And the guitars have some melodic flares. This is pure gold.

        • Dubs

          Lead bass >>>

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    Necromatic Worship is spooky

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Got that Howls of Ebb, thanks to SimonPeenix. I liked the EP more (so far), but it’s a definite good.

  • like Gian, this gif always shows up

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    My dudes how do I clean my vinyl? Fallen Angel of Doom has a spot in the middle of Ritual where I think there’s a fingerprint.

    • microfiber cloth is the cheapest/easiest

      • Dave Vincent’s Perm

        I tried using my microfibre cloth and it did fuck all.

        • i mean, the fingerprint shouldnt be much to worry about, unless its a cheesy dorito/mountain dew fingerprint. you really just dont want debris/dust, which the cloth should get off.

          if you want a more hardcore clean there are numerous products available but i cannot vouch for any. a simple cloth works well for me

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            I get a fuckton of noise on the fingerprint bit though. Maybe the stylus needs cleaning or I just need a new stylus?

          • how heavy do you have the arm tracking?

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            1.5 grams, but I’m not sure if I can change it.

          • thats where it should be anyhow

          • check your stylus for dust (easy to see dragging on a black record). ive never had the particular problem with fingerprints that you describe. im sure all my well-used records have some

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            Oh and everything I try to play sounds like complete shit. Fuckloads of volume jumps and noise. I’m starting to regret getting into vinyl.

          • Now that does sound like a problem with either your stylus or the cartridge

          • Actually that could be any number of things

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            I’ll see if it makes any difference when I play some of the non-metal stuff I have lying around. I hope it’s a problem with my turntable and not the records.

          • Like I said above, I think it’s a setting or connection issue. If it all sounds like shit, that’s most likely your problem. Have someone with experience look at it so they can help you out.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            Could be that the amp needs cleaning. The setup I’m using is high-grade stuff but it’s been lying around for a looong time.

          • It’s just going to be nearly impossible for us to figure out what it is over the internet

          • Well, sounds like something is totally fucked. Do you know anyone that can look at it for you? Is it all connected properly? It should not sounds like shit, obviously.

          • sweetooth0

            that aint normal. It did take me a while to figure everything out with my setup. I used to get a loud hum if I turned it up which I thought was a grounding issue (even tried putting in a pre-amp but that didn’t fix it). Turns out it was too close to my speakers and the magnets were causing feedback. Stupid shit like that that I only discovered when I decided to move it away from my speakers on a whim. I have to have the table across the room from my speakers or as soon as I try to blast it, HUUUUUUUUMMMMMMM.

          • sweetooth0

            a finger print shouldn’t be audible unless you had peanut butter on your hands or something when you touched it. Always hold center to edge or edge to edge my man! Records =/= frisbees.

  • Stanley

    When the fuck did this Richter lad come along with pencil in hand? It looks like you were busy while I was on hols. You sir, are my new favorite.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Nice one, Richter. You can keep your arms (for now).

  • RJA

    Thanks Richter – definitely a NWN fan here but the only one that really interests me that much is Necromantic Worship – sounds pretty sweet.

  • Angus McMoobieFart ’16

    OMG, this Howls OF Ebb is beyond horrible.

  • Hans Müller

    “I just wish someone in the band had thought to consult me before voting on what vocal style to go with.”

    Thumbs all the way up. Indeed, it is too often that I think ‘well why did they bother to make this if I’m not gonna like it?’