The 17th of January will be a very exciting day for fans of NECRONOMIDOL, for it is the release date of their new single, STRANGE AEONS. After the American West Coast tour it seems that the fan base is growing at a rather rapid rate and I am sure many a clamoring for this new release. I was lucky enough to be graced with an advance copy and have to a listen to it, actually I have listened to it many times. Let me tell you about it.
First off lets get the basic stuff out there. I will quote directly from the press release for this first bit.
“The physical single (available on CD) will be offered in two versions – Ver. DIRGE and Ver. PAEAN. Both will be presented in deluxe 6-panel matte digipack packaging with artwork by manga artist Waita Uziga and photography by Dan Szpara. They will be priced at 1000 JPY each…”
Here are the specifics
STRANGE AEONS (Ver. DIRGE)
- STRANGE AEONS
- WITCHING HOUR
- dirge of balrd
STRANGE AEONS (Ver. PAEAN)
- STRANGE AEONS
- WITCHING HOUR
STRANGE AEONS will also come in a digital versions which will feature all four tracks at the price of 1000 JPY and will be available at NECRONOMIDOL’s bandcamp page: https://necronomidol.bandcamp.com/. The physical releases will also be available there.
There are a couple of details in the press release about the composers of the tracks that I will also quote directly.
“This main track for the single is a collaboration with the band Kiba of Akiba (who have previously collaborated with BABYMETAL and provided the opening theme song for the anime “No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular!”) and is the first time the band has collectively collaborated with another group on a song. The other songs feature several new songwriters (Takeru on “dirge of baldr” and Zero-2 of the Osaka punk band Poikkeus on “WITCHING HOUR”) as well as long-time collaborator Azusa Iwanaga (ITHAQUA, LAMINA MALEDICTUM) on “BLOODWINGS”.
Well, that was a bit more than I thought it would be. Now that we have all the technical stuff out of the way, how about I tell you my impressions of the songs themselves. These are my personal impressions, your experience may vary…… Here we go.
This one should not be too new to fans of the group. There are a few videos on YouTube of this tune, just go take a look. I hate to say anything about NECRONOMIDOL is commercial, but if forced to, I would have to say this is probably the most commercial track on the single. You can certainly hear the Kiba of Akiba style in the song. Not 100% the Necroma that I love (more like 97%) but I most assuredly would not turn it off, it is a really good track.
For me this is the stand out track on this single. It starts out with a tiny bit of creepy elements then goes right into a jaunty little riff. After that the vocals start, and the are excellent (they are great on the whole single). They blend well with the musical tone. It seems that every release gets better vocally. Anyhow, the vocal layering on the track is excellent. All the girl’s voices blend together so well here, the effect is really quite amazing.
dirge of baldr
If there was anything on this release anywhere remotely near to a classic Necroma darkwave track this is it. Unfortunately, I feel that it misses the mark slightly and sounds a bit to bright compared to the other songs. The synth is good but the tempo is a bit more like a club track, which is broken every now and then with a great sounding mini breakdown. I can see what they were trying to do here, but I think they were off target, but only slightly. The saving grace of this track is the vocals. At times subdued and at other times soaring and epic. I think it could have done with just a tiny bit more of the dirge.
This track comes right out of the gates firing on all cylinders. This one sort of brings me back to the earlier 90s of metal. A good quick pace, catchy riff, snappy drum beat. This one just kind of reaches out and grabs you. You can tell this was written by Azusa Iwanaga, it has his signature all over it. I really can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this track.
My official rating: 4/5
Of course you will be able to judge for yourself on the 17th. As is the way, the tracks should all be available to “test out” on the groups bandcamp before you buy.
Here is the album artwork
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