The Ne­cro­mancers

Ser­vants Of The Salem Girl Rip­pLe

Classic Rock - - THE HARD STUFF ALBUMS -

French oc­cultist quar­tet’s splen­didly di­a­bol­i­cal de­but. Devil-fan­cy­ing in heavy rock has been out of fash­ion ever since those pesky church-burn­ing Nor­we­gians started ac­tu­ally tak­ing it se­ri­ously in the early 90s. But if any­one can bring it back into vogue, it’s this fiendish four­some from Poitiers.

Re­cently signed to US la­bel Rip­ple, they prove on this six­track de­but that there are still a fair stock of tunes in Lu­cifer’s long-ne­glected locker.

Salem Girl Part I and Black Mar­ble House ben­e­fit from mag­nif­i­cently Maiden-es­que twin guitar st­ings as they chan­nel el­e­ments of goth por­ten­tous­ness, doomy vo­cal grunt and vin­tage melodic flair. Else­where, Grand Or­biter lurches be­tween high-oc­tane tri­tone-cen­tric heav­i­ness and at­mo­spheric in­can­ta­tions, cre­at­ing a sound as wealthy and taste­ful as Old Nick him­self.

Johnny Sharp

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