Ninkharsag are a Black Metal band from Liverpool, originally a one-man project, but now a fully fleshed band. “The Blood Of Celestial Kings” is their first full length, following a single demo and a single, which was released digitally, and also issued, on vinyl last year by Ulthar Records.
So what do we have here? The answer is a finely crafted piece of traditional Black Metal. Ninkharsag manage to have an identity of their own, whilst still having a sound that is firmly rooted in the classic BM style of bands like Gorgoroth and Emperor.
The songs are short and snappy, with only one exceeding the 5-minute mark (Iron Wolves). Whilst the songs all have a decent amount of melody, it does not detract from the aggressive harshness that one would expect from a BM album. Which brings me to the production on this album. It is simply superb! Clear, and crisp, yet still raw. Kyle’s vocals still have that classic BM “Recorded in a big cave” echo to them, yet are still discernable words! All the instruments are easily distinguished, but the highlight has to be the beautiful clean bass playing of Steve Churchill! It’s nice to hear a clear bass line, without any distortion, that still doesn’t dominate or overpower the rest of the music.
From a lyrical stance, Ninkharsag deal with Sumerian themes, as opposed to the bog standard Satanism/anti religion. The song “Liber V Vel Reguli” is their interpretation of one of Aleister Crowley’s Rite.
It is difficult to pick out a stand out track, as all are excellent, and as the album does not overstay it’s welcome time wise, it is best listened to as a whole!
So, a well-recommended album, and also an excellent live band too. Check Ninkharsag out – you will not be disappointed!
A well-recommended album, and also an excellent live band too. Check Ninkharsag out – you will not be disappointed!