This winter renowned Swedish trio Nekromant unveil ‘Temple Of Haal’, their fourth album, and first for new label Despotz Records.
Standing on the shoulders of metal giants such as Black Sabbath and Pentagram, Swedish trio Nekromant are well versed in the art of crushing riffs and powerful melodies, boasting a sound that echoes the might of the past with an eye cast toward the future. With a much admired set of releases to their name, the three-piece have been turning heads wherever they go with their authentic and effortlessly brilliant old school metal assault. From a punishing percussive battery through to the Iommi-esque guitars, this power-trio understand that the riff is king. The first fruits of their new album is packed with ambitious metal gems such as ‘The Woods’, the epic ‘Behind The Veil Of Eyes’ and the doom-laden ‘Olórin's Song’. Nekromants new album 'Temple Of Haal' marks a new chapter in the band’s musical evolution.
The album ‘Temple Of Haal’ embraces a typical Swedish darkness in amongst a desire to reject the notion of living life through social media and seeks to reconnect with the things that really matter. The new album is an unashamedly old school heavy metal record, blessed with crushing riffs and inescapable hooks. The band, originally known as Serpent, have a large and loyal following, and the new album is very much in keeping with what those fans have come to expect from this acclaimed Scandinavian three-piece. With single ‘The Woods’ and 'Behind The Veil Of Eyes' proving to be a perfect calling card for the upcoming, Nekromant are in the perfect position to fulfill that early promise with ‘Temple Of Haal’, and bring a new level of Swedish bleakness to the world.
"I see this place, top of the mountain side
Dreaming away to the gods of old
I will defend by the sword, the spear, the flame, the fire."
Nekromant about the new album: "A big part of this album is dedicated to our hometown. The small town called Vargön is hardly defined by its size or industrial prowess but rather by its location between the twin mountains, Halleberg and Hunneberg. The name “Haal” is dated to 1325 and serves as firm proof that people have been living in the shadow of the mountains for a very long time. These two giants have always been the subject of local myths and stories which offered a huge amount of inspiration concerning the lyrics for this album. This place also has a strong connection to Sweden’s biggest lake Vänern and all that it entails.
We are not the right people to judge the credibility in legends, but it is very hard to deny that this area has a certain nerve about it. Musically, we do what we always do; music that makes sense to us. We are glad and proud that this record contains even more elements of classic heavy metal than before, with strong and clear melodies as well as an extra pinch of aggression. Nekromant has always been a band that is moving forward without ever losing connection to our musical roots. We plan on continuing doing just that." // Nekromant