2016 : Not Just Religious Music
Format : LP
“Neo” is a prefix with it’s roots in the Greek
I’ll admit I’ve long kept a watchful eye on this project, from their cover of the Manson Family’s “Love’s Death” for Heathen Harvest’s 2014 Midsummer compilation, Morituri Te Salutant’s “Divided We Fall” compilation and their excellent cover of The Moon Lay Hidden Behind A Cloud’s “XIII”, the latter of which even caught the attention of Albin Julius. None of which prepared me for the power of this record.
The album begins with “Night Of Fire & Flames”, heart-wrenchingly beautiful, but a song that demands your full attention and one that should be played at law enforcement volumes. Trust me. The interplay between the vocal styles of these two young men is incredible.
This song is a prayer
This song is a pledge
I was born in flames
And I will be born again….
“Night of Lightening Bolts” with the percussion taking a predominant role is equally awe-inspiring. There’s an interlude with the sound of a thunderstorm that makes me keep hitting the <<, exquisite. This leads us into “Night Of Blood & Ash”. This is hands down one of my favorite songs of 2016. When I get around to burning that “Songs to play at Jeff’s funeral” disc for the old bag, you can bet this will be on it. It took me solid two weeks to hear the final song on the LP because I kept replaying this one. Listen below, tell me I’m wrong. You won’t. You can’t.
The album ends with the somber “Night Of Shining Death”, and all things end as all things must, with that great equalizer…Death. The longest track on the record, but rather than ending on an ominous note, we’re left with the promise of renewal and rebirth.
There is no sun, without a shadow
And we must know the Night
And with this song, I face the End
For the wheel has turned again
Limited to just 300 copies and released on TJ Cowgill’s (King Dude) Not Just Religious Music label, the record is available in three beautiful color variations. Look, I like to think of myself as a very “no bullshit” kind of reviewer, and person in general. As cheesy as it sounds, I value honesty above all things. This is a fantastic record, and if you’re a fan of NeoFolk, you’d be amiss if this record isn’t in your collection.