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Mekigah: The Necessary Evil

Much in the same way that many people found the much missed Type O Negative to be a trial of patience over immediacy, so Mekigah believe in the same slow, slow, slow-slow-slow, of deep reverberating vocals and lumbering riffs. Ghoulishly lullabying you into a fitful, unrest. The pace of the songs, while not completely unrelenting is one of the main features of The Necessary Evil, with this second album from the Australian dooming Goths, dropping some of the more theatrical elements that their debut effort suffered from. Instead an occasional torching of blackened metal rears its ugly head, leering lecherously over "Bloodlust", offering an even darker respite from the gloom. Although soon we descend once more into long, deep blasts of foghorn like vocals that simply possess every fibre of your being if played at volume, a state where the excellent production values of the album stand loud and very proud. Presumably, as there is no production credit in the booklet, it was the pair of Kryptus (keyboards/bass/guitar/vocals) and Vis Ortis (drums/guitar/keyboards/vocals) who also handled this side of things. However while Mekigah obviously like to keep things in-house, that doesn't mean that they are isolated, with numerous guest musicians adding everything from snippets of vocals and guitars, to "field recordings" and a piano solo.

While things may be overly similar from song to song for an album that clocks in at a smidgeon under 60 minutes, the likes of "The Scythian Revolution" offers up four and a half minutes of breathy noises, squelches and ear piercing howls. In itself it is more movie sample than "song", but the effect is reasonably believable coming in the middle of an album that undoubtedly contains great granite chunks of dark, heavy atmosphere. "In The City Of The Blind" offers up a similar diversion, although through more standard spoken word segments which play over clanking, churning sounds of devastation. That said, on repeated listens, there's no denying that these sorts of interludes tire quickly and have you itching to move the album on to the powerful and darkly intimidating "Le Roi Est Mort", or syrupy denseness of "The Unjust Abhorrence Of His Name".

Impressive in places, this album can struggle under the sheer weight of its own unwaveringly singular attack, making it a release that fails to have the same continual impact as that provided by initial encounters. Still if you want a deep, dark, immersive experience that at volume will shake you to your very core, then you may desire to wallow in The Necessary Evil served up by Mekigah.

Track Listing
1. Burning My Wings On Your Radiance
2. The Necessary Evil
3. Bloodlust
4. The Scythian Revolution
5. The Unjust Abhorrence Of His Name
6. Galkadjama
7. Touching A Ghost
8. Crossing Over Into The Void Of Primal Emotion
9. In The City Of The Blind
10. Le Roi Est Mort
11. From The Grave To The Cradle

Added: November 24th 2012
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Mekigah MySpace page
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Language: english

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