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Album Review

Supposedly, the guitarist for extreme metallists Malzan — Tobias Buck — was recently looking to pursue his interest in "hardcore and Swedish death metal." Hence, the formation of his side project, Neaera. But the end result isn't that far removed from his full-time gig, as evidenced by Neaera's third release, 2007's Armamaentarium — so the whole "needing another outlet for other styles" explanation doesn't really hold up. Either way, fans of extreme metal loaded with vocals that alternate between guttural growls and high pitched squeals, metronome-perfect drumming, and precise riffing will certainly approve of Buck's "hobby" band — especially after hearing such delightful little ditties as album opener "Spearheading the Spawn" and the title track.

Customer Reviews

Very Good

This is very good death metal album that incorprates (but not overly) metalcore, power metal and black metal elements; which make the death metal sound so much better and prominant. Even though these elements can be heard, it does not draw away from the awesome sonic onslaught that Neaera creates. Overall, a great album, not revolutionary, but a good solid effort. (Best tracks are Spearheading the Spawn, Armamenterium and Synergy.)


Formed: 2003 in Münster, Heilsbronn, Germany

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s

Guitarist Tobias Buck formed Neaera in 2003, initially as a side project away from his usual death metal band, Münster, Germany's Malzan. Vocalist Benny Hilleke and drummer Sebastian Heldt came on board first, then former Malzan guitarist Benjamin Donath was added, but on bass. The band's death metal meets power metal sound began to form and numerous gigs were played under the name the Ninth Gate before it was decided a second guitarist and a name change were in order. Meanwhile, Malzan had fallen...
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