German purveyors of melodic brutality, Neaera return after yet another year of live festival domination with their sixth studio album. The 12-track monster is a slickly produced behemoth, brimming with the confidence you’d expect from a band this deep into their story.
Neaera: Ours Is The Storm
Teutonic melodic deathsters deliver a thunderbolt
Walk With Fire and My Night Is Starless are exceptional examples of Neaera’s knack for atmospheric melody and relentless pace, with Benjamin Hilleke’s thick, scornful growls providing a chaotic and aggressive contrast, while Between Us And Annihilation is a suitably apocalyptic grindfest, flawlessly fluctuating between crippling blast and punishing halftime grooves before you can catch your breath.
Meanwhile, the title track is a deceptively straightforward Swedish death metal-influenced riff-a-thon, but sets the pace, melodic theme and furious velocity that forms the iron backbone of the album. An impressively visceral affair from a band with plenty more left in the tank.