|Review: Heathendom - Nescience|
Label: Metal on Metal Records
Year released: 2008
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: December 20, 2011
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Rated 4/5 (80%) (12 Votes)
I was meant to review this ages ago, and then almost completely forgot about it. Heathendom take the power/doom approach which reminds me of Memento Mori quite a bit at first, although Heathendom's doom atmosphere isn't quite as oppressive. One thing that struck me about Heathendom is the lethal injection of King Diamond they added to their sound, from the explosive guitar leads, to the vocals, as well as the atmosphere and a to an extent even the lyrics and the aesthetics.
So, take one part almost technical power metal riffing of the finest order, add another part creepy King Diamond atmosphere, and a final part doom metal dirge and you have Heathendom. I have to admit that the sound is pretty damn awesome, the riffs bite and claw, the vocals are excellent, utilizing the power metal style blended with the King's more demonic mid-range. The guitar leads whizz out like firecrackers, really hitting the mark. The rhythm section is perfectly tight, with the drum work being particularly impressive.
Shades of bands such as Solitude Aeturnus, Memento Mori, to the epic styling of bands such as Argus or Virgin Steele can all be heard throughout Nescience, and obviously a nice dose of King Diamond. Tracks such as the pounding "Mirror of Memories", or the volatile title track really show what to expect throughout Nescience. Heathendom are a damn cool band, and boast plenty of cross-over appeal. This would be a great bridge for a power metal fan into the world of doom, and possibly vice versa. Nescience certainly gets my recommendation, and is of great interest to fans of doom, power, and epic heavy metal.
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