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Let the Tempest Come

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In the early 2000s, Metal Blade put out quite a few CDs that had some type of hardcore influence. Some were regular metalcore, some were in the mathcore/math metal vein, some were relevant to screamo/post-hardcore — and all of those styles have been hardcore-influenced even though they aren't hardcore in the old-school sense. The fact that Metal Blade was so receptive to hardcore-influenced bands may explain why some reviewers have described Neaera's second album, Let the Tempest Come, as straight-up metalcore (that, and the fact that they look and dress like a hardcore band). But those reviews were misleading because Neaera — a German unit with a strong Scandinavian influence — do not sound like Hatebreed, Throwdown, or Brick Bath (three examples of bands that have provided straight-up metalcore). Truth be told, Let the Tempest Come is — above all else — a Nordic-style death metal effort. On this January 2006 recording, lead singer/frontman Benny Hilleke fluctuates between two extreme vocal styles; one is a deep, guttural death metal growl, and the other is a high-pitched assault that is somewhere between a black metal rasp and a tortured metalcore/hardcore scream. The occasional use of black metal-style blastbeats is also noteworthy. But if Neaera had removed those occasional blastbeats and Hilleke had opted to sing with a growl exclusively, there would have been no question that Let the Tempest Come was anything other than a thrashy album of Swedish-influenced death metal. The songs themselves are structured in a death metal-oriented fashion, and the guitar riffing is very mindful of Nordic death metal combos. Although not as extreme as some death metal, Let the Tempest Come still packs a brutal punch — and while this 50-minute CD isn't remarkable, it is a decent example of Neaera's ability to acknowledge metalcore, hardcore and black metal while being a Scandinavian-minded death metal band first and foremost.

Biography

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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