“Necromancy Enthroned”

By Dr. Abner Mality

Unspeakable Axe Records usually has an ear for good underground metal. This time they’ve found Canada’s Phylactery, who have tapped into an elder spirit of raw thrash metal.

The ghost of early Slayer’s energy hovers over Phylactery’s mayhem on “Necromancy Enthroned”. The band is also compared to fellow Canucks Sacrifice and I find that comparison also apt. Man, this sucker sounds raw and ancient! Nothing triggered or fancy about Phylactery; they put their heads down, plug in and go for it. Songs are two and a half to four minutes, which is great for this kind of thrashy approach. There’s a touch of death metal to things as well, particularly in the harsh (but not guttural) vocals.

All in all, this could have been released in 88 or 89 and made an impact. There’s definitely some borrowed and overfamiliar riffs here, but the energy and production is right. Songs that hit me hardest were “King of Ruin”, “Eyes of Fear and Flame” and “Unholy Empire”.

Just solid, punchy death/thrash from Canada and Unspeakable Axe.