Founded more than a decade back in 1995, +MROME+ the death/black metal project hailing from Poland came back from a hiatus in 2009 after almost a decade of silence. Playing a rhythmic style of metal experimentation that is not bound by any particular sub-genre, +MROME+ may not be your “classic” death/black metal band per se with their rhythmic style of experimentation makes them a unique listen, carving out their own style. + MROME + is all set to release their debut album Noetic Collision on the Roof of Hell. The album starts with the heavy and thundering ‘Colors’ with its rumbling bass and its insane hooks. The roughly 4 minute long song is a concoction of Death, Progressive and Sludge Metal, and the harsh vocals of Key V complements the song. The duo hailing from Poland certainly had me hooked. ‘Crush the Moon’ has more of a punkish Death Metal feel to it, with a catchy chorus. +MROME+ keeping things as different and interesting as possible may not be labeled into any strict genre and the next song proved me right. ‘Migration Cult’ has to be the most rhythmic with its groovy hooks and raspy vocals and a really catchy rock & roll vibe to the riffs. Breakdowns too. Man, they sure know how to mix things up. But I felt a certain lack of bass. The production is pretty polished but the bass I think they could have done better. The madness is followed up with a cover of Danzig’s ‘How the Gods Kill’ which an excellent cover is giving the song a whole new vibe. A dark moody guitar caresses the haunting vocals of Key V and certainly does the song justice.
‘Trust’ brings out more of the band’s Death n Roll side, with its heavy riffs. Whereas ‘Generation Anthem’ is punkish Black metal frenzy firing blazing riffs and pounding fierce beats. ‘Piss & Laugh’ exhibits a blacked doom guitar tune with Dark Metal influences. They go slow on this one, with throaty vocals and a low tuned dark atmosphere. At this point of the album, you’ll realize that calling +MROME+ just as Death or Black Metal with elements of Punk, Ambient Dark Metal nicely crafted in bits and pieces. More like each song is a different album, and showcases their musical range and capabilities. An unexpected but great cover of Danzig’s How the Gods Kill change things up before the middle of the album delivers hard hitting, pit-inducing metal with Trust, rocking rhythm with Generation Anthem & sombre tones with Piss & Laugh. The next song, of this 10 song album, ‘Locust Follows Word’ presents a fast paced intro followed by a groovy bass hook and is followed by ‘Magister Figurae Morte’, which is a strong concoction of energetic riffs and pounding drums. The Arsonist closes the album majestically, generating a high-end feast of hellish music with a climatic ending. ‘The Arsonist’ is the longest song of the album and the most progressive and expansive sounding track without a doubt. The Arsonist closes off an excellent debut record for the Polish duo of Key V and P, Noetic Collision on the Roof of Hell”, is a 10-track bundle of surprises that is a true amalgamation of various styles of metal that take influence from so many different places that it’s fruitless to label them to a particular genre. Few bands try that, and even fewer bands manage to put out such a record, that too a debut. Power to them, and don’t try to search them up on Facebook, they are too kvlt for that.
Written By: The Scene Kid