Reviewed: Neter – Idols

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So you worship at the throne of death metal bands like Decapitated, eh? Rejoice, for now you have Neter. Although the band is unique, listeners here will find something familiar. That’s because Idols sounds like a few of my favourite death metal bands merged into one powerful beast. Unsure as to whether this was a great parallel or a just a reproduction, I cranked a few tracks and left it for a day or two. On second listen, I decided that yes, the similarity is a good thing. Where Vogg and Vitek had a crisp clinical sound going on, Spain’s Neter remove such sterility and slow it down to a thumping, mechanical, engine-like groove that beckons your stomping foot forth. Imagine Origin just kicking back a couple of gears on the riffs and letting the power put a chokehold on the frenzy, and you start to get the picture. The vocals only strengthen the comparisons, and while not exactly extravagant, bear resemblance to some of Rafal and Coven’s delivery and style with a little bit of Jens Kidman (Meshuggah) thrown in for good measure.

Although Neter never really break into warp speed here, Idols hammers along furiously at a fairly consistent upbeat tempo with single-note riffage that never sounds thin. Coupled with the simple yet effective use of tritone harmonies, the riffs have that much needed diabolical edge to them. The bass is fairly prominent throughout and works in a cohesive manner with the beat(ing)s, bridging the gap between drums and guitar well. The lead lines don’t try to sweep you off your feet by any means, but they provide some very welcome trimmings with a diminished and often eerie sound (think Soreption). The intriguing cover art depicts Easter Island’s moai being roped by incensed masses. It would appear that the mass of people are triumphantly tearing down the ancient statues, possibly in an act of supreme defiance. The Polynesian tribe who occupied the island for thousands of years – the Rapa Nui, are hypothesised to have contributed to their own downfall. This was purportedly due to exploitation of the island’s natural resources, primarily deforestation, with overpopulation only exacerbating the environmental issues. In essence, a small scale version of the present. This self-destruction is echoed in the vocals (from what I can gather so far), with the lyrics leaning misanthropic and outraged.

The only complaints I have relate to the aforementioned consistency with others in the growing death metal stable. First, to the casual listener, this album could sound too homogeneous, but if you’re listening to this casually, you’re either doing wrong or you’re dead. I greatly enjoy hearing a band release material that I can safely say will please fans of revered death metal bands, but I still have the feeling that this could have been improved with just some minor tweaking. Second, the guitar leads are fitting and the band clearly has the chops, but just a couple more memorable and distinctive solos could have potentially aided with track differentiation. The final and titular track of the album, “Idols”, shows that a little bit of dynamics goes a long way; if these kinds of transitions were employed more frequently throughout the album, I would have no hesitation in saying this album is a must. As it stands, I think many of you will enjoy Idols as much as I did. This is a quality album from a band that only has one prior release. Give it a couple of spins and see what sticks (to your bowl).

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  • Tyree

    Since you brought up Origin, I just have to say: I saw them for the first time at MDF and was completely blown away by their performance. Pretty goddamn ridiculous! At one point in the set they thought they were going to call it quits for the night because John Longstreth broke the drum kit. I think he fucked up the kick pedal and the snare at the same time. Fortunately they gave him a new snare, and he some how got the double kick pedal to work again. Took a pretty big chunk out of their set time though.

    • The W.

      Blasting too hard?

      • Tyree

        Pretty much. It was not his kit either, which I think was a problem from the start. But, that dude can play hard.

        • Guacamole Jim

          Playing shows not on your own kit is the worst. If I find out I have to play a show and share a kit, I’d rather have every one else use mine, rather than trying to figure out a brand new setup on the fly.

          • Tyree

            I fucking hate it! I sit extremely high on my drum throne too. I’ve never found another throne that can be raised as high as mine. So when I have to use some one else’s everything feels fucked.

          • Guacamole Jim

            You must play heel up then, eh? I tend to sit higher on my kit as well (probably not as high as you though), and place the drums as low as possible for maximum velocity hitting.

          • Tyree

            Heel up for sure. I keep my toms as low as I can place them too. Cymbals are high though.

            EDIT: Except for the ride.

          • Guacamole Jim

            I know it’s better for recording to keep the cymbals up, but I love playing them low. Did you have trouble getting used to having the cymbals farther away from the toms?

          • Tyree

            Actually no. I’m a pretty lengthy guy, so it feel much more comfortable to have my cymbals further away from me. Especcially my ride.

            lengthy jokes insert here:

          • Guacamole Jim

            HURRHUEHUEHUR SO IS YOUR DICK SUPER LONG TOO??!1

            wait

          • Tyree
          • Lacertilian

            I’m guessing heel up drummers are the ones who have the bass drums sliding forward during long periods of doubles?

    • Howard Dean
      • Tyree

        Haha! It’s crazy though. I feel his strongest playing is with Origin alone. I had this conversation with KSOFM at one point. I feel his performance in Angel Corpse was not all that great. Tony Laureano was the much stronger player for them.

        • The W.

          I liked him on Colored Sands, but I felt they actually reined him in a bit.

          • Tyree

            Oooo, yeah. He did do a good job on that.

        • Howard Dean

          And he actually didn’t play on Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead. So he wasn’t a part of the best Skinless album, either. Funny.

          • Tyree

            Yup. Origin is the best fitted for him I feel.

          • The W.

            I’m a bit surprised that’s your favorite. Jammed the new one yet?

          • Howard Dean

            Should arrive in the mail today. I haven’t listened to it yet (aside from a couple sample tracks).

            Yeah, I think Trample… is far and away their best stuff. Their earlier, sloppier stuff like Progression Towards Evil has its charm, but Trample… was when they brought everything together. I just like the songs a lot better on that album.

          • The W.

            I got mine on Wednesday. Liking it quite a bit.

          • Tyree

            I hope you have you mesh shorts on when jamming.

          • The W.

            You know it.

          • I got some brand new ones and wore them for a week without washing them for the occasion.

          • Howard Dean

            I look forward to hearing the full album. I got the new Deiphago earlier in the week and have been playing that on repeat in my truck (with some Slugathor thrown in).

            To anyone who was interested in the new Deiphago album: get it. It fucking slays. Probably my favorite album of theirs. Bestial metal the way I like it. Feels kinda like this year’s version of Sacrocurse’s Unholier Master.

      • Tyree

        His kit is so efficient looking too. Not much movement required for it.

        http://i.ytimg.com/vi/VmOj0eurth4/maxresdefault.jpg

        • Howard Dean

          I’m not a drummer, but compared to a lot of the monstrosities you see some drummer’s playing, that looks pretty compact. Nice.

          • Tyree

            Very compact. I could never play on that. I have to stretch some what, Lol.

    • more beer

      I saw them for the first time in February. I was also blown away they fucking killed it. 1349 was headlining and there was just no way they could play a better set than Origin. It really must of sucked for them knowing the band playing before them was going to blow them away every night.

      • Tyree

        Origin, just simply crush it. I really am not much into their later albums. But, Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas still stands as one of my favorite death metal albums.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAhu3CymD5E

        • more beer

          They are just an awesome live band. I was never that into them until that night. Now I will go see them every time they play.

  • Guacamole Jim
  • Maik Beninton

    Very straight forward, love it.

    • Lacertilian

      sometimes you need some straight-forward beatings to remind you of why you’re here

  • Tyree

    This ain’t bad by the way.

    • Lacertilian

      as I said above, sometimes simple punishment is all that’s needed for a good headbang.
      m/

  • Howard Dean

    Thank God(s) it’s Friday.

    Thank God(s) it’s Slugathor.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rn1GNxNToUM

    • Tyree

      This album crushed hard. Hard to believe they have not released anything else since 2009.

      • Howard Dean

        This might be my favorite Finnish DM band. Death metal played the way I like it: like Bolt Thrower mixed with Demigod. So good.

        Sadly, I don’t think we’ll ever see anything else from them. They are basically broken up (metal-archives has them confirmed as split-up, and not just on hiatus). Too bad.

        I will further sate my appetite for crawling death metal riffing madness with Undergang.

        • Tyree

          Bummer. I’ll have you knw though, since this style is very similar to
          Funebrarum that Funebrarum killed live.

          • Howard Dean

            Nice! The Sleep of Morbid Dreams is one of my favorite albums in this style of death metal. We could definitely use a new album from Funebrarum.

          • Tyree

            For sure man. A new album would be great! I think it’s like one original member now. Maybe 2.

        • That’s a paddlin’

          Speaking of Finnish Death Metal, did you try the new Vorum EP? Their most primitive-sounding and feral.

          • Howard Dean

            Yes, it’s fucking tight. I really like it. I’m waiting for Dark Descent to get the CD in stock so that I don’t have to buy it as an import.

          • That’s a paddlin’

            Only listened to it a couple of times so far but at the moment I feel it’s their best.

  • EsusMoose

    Pretty good, but it made me read the wikipedia page of Easter island, so I learned about a tiny island in the middle of nowhere.

    • The island and the moai and the concept of the tragedy of the commons and all that shit is MAD interesting to me. I even got a lil’ moai tattoo.

      • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

        “Hey baby, wanna see my lil’ moai?”

        • Ain’t go no mo moai.

        • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

          Is “moai” Rapa Nuian for “hands”?

      • EsusMoose

        The page never explicitly states that it’s a great example of the concept, I was expecting it for most of it.

    • Lacertilian

      I’ve been interested in Easter Island since I read a book my pop had when I was a kid. It was like a 1970’s unsolved mysteries type book.
      As soon as I saw the cover for Idols I had to check it out. Turns out it was well worth it.

  • The W.

    Excellent succinct review, Lizard. I’m enjoying this rekkid.

    • Lacertilian

      Thanks Dubs, while I can’t do those amazing avant-garde reviews like you guys, I think this album deserved a straight-down-the-line sum up for the bowl.

  • good stuff

  • That’s a paddlin’

    Fits very well into today’s death metal binge.

    • That’s a paddlin’

      This is pretty tasty, if perhaps not enough to differentiate itself from the vast masses. Must listen to more.

      • Lacertilian

        Took me a few spins for each track to stand out but sometimes that’s not a bad thing.

  • Jormungandr

    That was much needed. I’m awake now! Guess I should get some work done.

  • This is very good! The guitarwork is very precise. Thanks for sharing this finding, Lizard. I’m jamming it!

  • Tyree
    • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

      “When Escalators Become Stairs: The Secret War of Malls” – a documentary by Vice.

  • Disgustache

    Just like the ending of that movie tha Depahted, this was wicked retahded.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhcBSeFAs74

  • Good stuff Reptile Lord. I like that this is not overly technical and the vocal delivery gives it some extra flavor.

  • This is pretty sweeet.

  • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

    Closed my eyes while listening and heard Krisiun…and that’s not a bad thing.

    • Lacertilian

      They’re from Spain so maybe it’s the South American/Spanish integration at play.
      Also both bands rip so there’s that!

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        Agreed!

  • Dagon

    Great stuff, you bloody lizard.

  • JW(E)G

    It’s unique, yet it’s not unique … So it’s Neter here nor there?

  • tertius_decimus

    Holy shit! Reptile, you made my day!

    [bangs his head like nobody’s business]

    • Lacertilian

      sometimes, amid the tech, sludge and atmospheric stuff we tend to forget what we’re here to do..
      Bang the head that does not bang!

  • CT-12

    Pretty fucking good stuff Lacertilian, thanks for sharing!

    • Lacertilian

      Found it in one of @disqus_4cmy05mgrZ:disqus’s great weekly lists.