01.Operate with the Devil (feat. Jørgen Munkeby)
02.Coming Household (feat. Siver Høyem)
03.Burning Churches (feat. Mat McNerney)
04.By the River (feat. Ihsahn)
06.Surrender (feat. Rob Caggiano) / Dead Soul
07.Deep Down South (feat. Nicke Anderson & Johanna Sadonis)
08.Person of the Cross (feat. Jerome Reuter)
09.You Will Be Mine (feat. Matt Heafy)
10.How Appear? (feat. Corey Taylor & Brent Hinds)
11.Confession (feat. Niklas Kvarforth)
When BEHEMOTH driving power Nergal launched the initial ME AND THAT Guy album, “Music Of Adore And Demise”, back in 2017, it was a undertaking — a collaboration, in fact, with people musician John Porter — that promptly produced complete sense to huge swathes of the underground metallic earth. If you dug Nick Cave, WOVENHAND or Johnny Money alongside your usual infernal favorites, it was aimed squarely at you. “My Church Is Black”, in certain, was an complete hell-banger. That debut was also an edgy, low key and enjoyably shambolic affair: the audio of a virtuoso metal player bearing his blackened soul in a new, less aesthetically forgiving context. A few decades on, and ME AND THAT Guy nonetheless draws from the exact influences and allows the Polish troublemaker to deal in very simple horrors, relatively than his normally baroque, intricate types, but “New Guy, New Tracks, Similar Shit Vol.1” has a vastly various vibe. The production is more substantial, the preparations fuller, and Nergal‘s self confidence with this part of his creativity is manifest from rollicking start out to downbeat complete.
There is a tiny draw back to all this: with all but one particular of these 11 music boasting a cameo from one particular steel and/or dark rock notable or one more, it is impossible to escape the sense that this all appears like tremendous exciting and not quite the soul-wrenching musical exorcism the initial album sought to be. But if you can cope with the notion of enjoyable at this issue in background, “New Songs…” delivers the merchandise, with a wicked glint in its eye and fingers twitching in excess of a frayed holster.
Apart from at the time again proving that SHINING‘s Jørgen Munkeby is just one hell of a singer, opener “Run with the Devil” is a distinctly average really hard rock song which feels a bit out of position listed here, but from the boisterous “Coming Household” onwards, it really is a boozy, blasphemous and subtly adventurous ride into hell’s saloon bar.
A single obvious highlight arrives when Nergal goes it alone and harks again to the earlier album. “Męstwo” seems a lot more really serious, much less cartoonish and heartfelt in a way that “New Male, New Songs…” only occasionally touches on. It is really a tense but driving slice of dust-battered Americana, shorn of the novelty of ‘Oh, it really is so-and-so executing a sing!’ and sent deadpan. “Surrender” is extremely virtually as great, Nergal‘s distorted vox nudging convincingly to demon-preacher territory and VOLBEAT‘s Rob Caggiano peeling off an effortlessly great solo. “Deep Down South” is enjoyable, as well: banjos clatter, harmonicas wheeze and LUCIFER‘s Johanna Sadonis is as magnetically charming as normal, with some echoey whistling thrown in for greatest Ennio Morricone vibes. “How Appear” showcases what a glorious voice Corey Taylor has above sweeping strings and a woozy, desert-blues waltz, although the nearer, “Confession”, helps make exemplary use of Niklas Kvarforth (from the Swedish SHINING) and his unerring capability to make each individual term that will come out of his mouth seem like a risk, albeit normally to himself. The two IHSAHN‘s “By The River” and “Person Of The Cross” (featuring Jerome Reuter of neofolk legends ROME) edge the album a minimal further more into genuine darkness, way too. Meanwhile, TRIVIUM‘s Matt Heafy absolutely has a upcoming career as a region crooner, should really the metal gig not perform out: “You Will Be Mine” reeks of as well numerous late nights and poor points taking place in Nashville (rather possibly to Niklas Kvarforth).
During it all, Nergal is getting the time of his lifestyle and that’s actually the point of this. His enthusiasm is infectious, and these are all music really worth singing spherical the next satanic campfire you assemble in your back back garden. Far more beans, any one?
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