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Spanish death metal band Neter has been around since 2004, making a name for themselves through the release of two full length albums and prominent tours throughout their home country.  This year the group is preparing for the release of album number three, which they’ve titled ‘Inferus’.  The material continues to find Neter offering up bottom heavy, lumbering death metal that’s focused on grooves and just the right amount of atmosphere.  With ‘Inferus’ set to come out January 15th as a collaboration between Satanath Records, Cimmerian Shade Recordings, MurdHer Records, and Black Plague Records, today we’re premiering the final song The Eye of Sirius.





‘Inferus’ feels like a natural progression from Neter’s previous album ‘Idols’, as there’s a similar weight to the tonality and the emphasis is once again on grooves that lurch forward with precision and build slowly.  Where a lot of death metal bands have a tendency to focus almost entirely on speed and all-out blasting for much of their material, here there is a good balance between tempos.  The Eye of Sirius ends the album on a slower note, interspersing powerful lumbering grooves with softer melodies that add to the overall atmosphere.  Slow definitely doesn’t mean that the instrumentals don’t hit hard though, as the guitar and bass tonality have an earthier, bottom heavy feel to them while the drums consistently bludgeon the listener right in the chest.  But it’s the aforementioned atmosphere that really helps this song to stand out, as the melodic leads give off a bit of a haunting, eerie feeling in between the brutality.  ‘Inferus’ reminds me of a number of different death metal bands from years past, particularly some American ones, but Neter’s able to hold their own and avoid sounding like a clone of any particular group.




Guitarist Manuel Gestoso handles vocals for the group, and he has the type of powerful and commanding growl that adds that extra burst of intensity to the material.  It’s the type of pitch that expands outwards over top of the recording, which is exactly what I like when it comes to death metal.  There’s a decent amount of space between each verse, which allows Gestoso to deliver an immense amount of force every time he appears.  When a band places an emphasis on crushing tonality and a recording where you can feel the weight of each note, it’s important the vocals follow suit and Neter is able to achieve this.


‘Inferus’ delivers a heavy dose of groove-centered death metal that manages to shake the formula up enough to stand out.  Neter’s been honing their craft for close to fourteen years now and you can tell that it’s paying off.  Check out the full album when it releases on January 15th!






If you crave the tight death metal that bands like Decapitated and Morbid Angel were renown for, then Neter will sort you out.



While Spanish death merchants Neter are a relatively young-ish group, their music holds an odd sense of nostalgia for me. Their previous release, 2015’s Idols was my first fully fledged album review for the Toilet ov Hell, and could be viewed as somewhat analogous in that while it was not the most technical or flashy foray into the field, it was an enthusiastic display and got the job done. So of course when the chance arose to cover a new track from the band’s upcoming third album Infernus I felt obliged to…oblige? Ok, so I guess nothing has changed on my end, how have Neter progressed though?


‘Galvanize’ picks up exactly where Idols left us; the almost primal rhythmic pounding double-kicks, powerful Vogg-meets-Azagthoth staccato riffage, and barbaric roars that portend to the downfall of civilisation are all still ceaselessly working in unison to give Neter their familiar but threatening sound. Many of us will remember 2017 as a particularly monumental year for death metal, and with Infernus dropping on January 15th, there’s no reason the streak has to end.





At almost the precise mid-point of this year our own Andy Synn wrote a column in which he discussed the never-ending moan (and shriek) of people who complain that metal is dying and that nothing new under the sun compares favorably to “the good old days”, As a means of responding to such points of view (which obviously none of us here shares), he recommended that we do more than simply tell such complainers they’re dead wrong; instead, we should expose them to music from newer bands which proves that “we don’t need to make Metal great ‘again’, we just need to make more people aware of how great it already ‘is’”.


And Neter is one of the bands he gave as a prime example of metal’s current greatness.


Referring to the band’s last album, Idols, Andy described the music as “punishingly tight, hellishly hooky Death Metal from Spain”. And now a new Neter album named Inferus is nearly upon us, set for release on January 15th through the cooperation of Satanath Records (Russia), Cimmerian Shade Recordings (USA), Murdher Records (Italy), and Black Plague Records (USA). Two songs from the album have premiered previously, and today we deliver a third one: “The Pillars of Heracles“.








Those words Andy wrote about Neter’s last album ring true again in the case of Inferus, and this new song in particular. “The Pillars of Heracles” is absolutely electrifying, and mercilessly infectious. It drives hard and fast, through a combination of blazing, battering rhythmic assaults, vicious, eviscerating riff swarms, and vile, boiling vocal antagonism. It takes no time at all for the song to set the listener’s nerve endings on fire.


However, there’s more to the song than sheer, primally powerful explosiveness. There’s some really good songwriting on display here, as the band move from long, moaning chords to flickering, fiery arpeggios, all of the melodies tinged with an exotic tonality and capped by a fluid and flaring guitar solo.


Yes indeed, Neter are still punishingly tight and hellishly hooky, and Inferus promises to be one of the first outstanding death metal releases of the new year.






Inferus was recorded by Raúl Pérez at La Mina Studio (Spain), mixed by Carlos Santos at Sandman Studios (Spain), and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege Studio (US). Artwork for the album was created by Daví Orellana.





De Spaanse Death Metal band Neter timmert sinds 2004 aan de weg. En heeft ondertussen in eigen land een stevige reputatie uitgebouwd. Niet alleen met twee albums, ook menig podium heeft de band onveilig gemaakt. In januari dit jaar bracht Neter een gloednieuwe schijf op de markt Infernus. Via een samenwerking met Satanath Records, Cimmerian Shade Recordings, MurdHer Records en Black Plague Records.


Laat ons eerst een vergissing de wereld uithelpen. Neter afschilderen als puur Death Metal is de band tekort doen. Ook al liggen songs als Faceless, Rebirth of the overthrown. En bij voorkeur elke song op deze plaat. In verlengde van doorsnee Death Metal. We horen telkens eveneens elementen terug uit black metal, heavy metal en een uitgebreid pallet aan 'metal stijlen'. Wat al meteen een groot pluspunt is aan deze plaat, en band uiteraard.


Uit elk van de songs blijkt  bovendien dat de band ervan houdt zich te omhullen in walmen van intense duisternis. Je voelt telkens die putten van de Hel open gaan. Vooral als brulboei Manuel Gestoso zijn keel open zet. En door middel van rauwe tot griezelig aanvoelende vocalen koude rillingen over de rug doet lopen, waarna het angstzweet je op de lippen staat. Die allemaal aangesterkt door die opvallend scherpe gitaar partijen tot drumsalvo's als Mokerslagen uit de diepste ondergrond van de Aarde. Sommige riffs doen ons prompt denken aan een kruisbestuiving tussen Black sabbath - luister maar naar het integrerende The Eye of Sirius, met een intro die doet denken aan Tony Iommi himself. Maar ook bands als Judas Priest, op speed wel te verstaan horen we terug in de sound van Neter.


Neter slaagt er inderdaad vanaf die eerste intro de luisteraar bij de strot te grijpen, mee te sleuren naar die diepste kern van de Hel, en niet meer los te laten tot je compleet bent murw geslagen. Als een Spaanse furie gaat de band tewerk. Zonder oponthoud. Nu, dat is het portie Death Metal dat we heel graag op onze boterham smeren. In elk geval wordt de luisteraar geen moment rust gegund. Zonder oponthoudt bonkt Neter je de hersenpan in, scheurt je ziel doormidden, en laat je bloedende achter in de hoek


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Op Infernus worden wellicht geen nieuwe wegen ingeslagen. Echter slaagt Neter erin een wijds pallet aan metal muziekstijlen aan te bieden, binnen een Helse en duistere omkadering welteverstaan. Waardoor de luisteraar vanaf begin tot einde wordt meegesleurd in een carrousel van oorverdovende en verschroeiende vocalen tot instrumentale huzarenstukken. Die als vlijmscherpe messen recht doorheen je hart boren. Mokerslag na Mokerslag deelt de band, die tekeer gaat als een Spaanse furie, uit. Tot je compleet murw bent geslagen. Ok, dat is dus allemaal wel voorgedaan. Maar net het feit dat zowel de doorsnee heavy metal fan, liefhebbers van black en Death metal kunnen worden aangesproken met deze plaat? Dat kom je niet altijd tegen. En dat is de reden waarom wij over de streep worden getrokken door deze band en schijf.





Espanjalainen Neter ottaa aikaisen startin vuoteen kolmannella kokopitkällään, joka näki päivänvalon Satanathin julkaisemana tammikuun 15.sta. Homman nimi on konstailematon perusdödis, jossa ei olla lähdetty innovoimaan sen kummemmin, vaan lähtökohtana on puristaa maksimit ulos vanhasta hyväksi havaitusta kaavasta. Tuotannon puolesta albumilta ei paljoa valittamisen aihetta löydy. Ainoastaan rumpusoundi on aavistuksen kämäinen, muuten kokonaisuus kuulostaa hyvältä ja toimii kuin tauti. Soundipoliittisesti ollaan samoilla linjoilla kuin sävellyksellisestikin. Uutta ja ihmeellistä ei olla lähdetty tavoittelemaan, vaan yhtye on saatu kuulostamaan siltä mitä genressä vaaditaan yhtyeen uskottavuuteen. Biisimateriaali nojaa melko pitkälti kahteen dödiksen kulmakiveen. Rifiin, ja jyräämiseen. Näissä onnistutaan erinomaisesti, ja yhtyeen riffilaarista on riittänyt pahaa paskaa tuutin täydeltä. Rytmiikkapuoli täydentää kokonaisuuden erittäin groovaavaksi, ja albumi onkin todellista nyrkki ilmaan paahtoa ilman hengähdystaukoja. Parhaimmillaan yhtyeen tuotetta voi verrata genren titaanien vastaavaan miten päin huvittaa. Kuitenkaan näitä loistavia ideoita ei ole piisannut ihan koko albumin kestolle, vaan siellä täällä lipsahdetaan hiukan hohhoijjakkaa- osastolle. Kokonaisuutena albumia voi kuitenkin lämpimästi suositella perus-tuuttauksen ystävälle. Toimii erinomaisesti esim. Nilen uutuuden odottamisen soundtrackina!





From the moment I heard the first riffs I was drawn in right away. The music is well planned and delivered in a brutal form. Catchy and melodic arrangements can be heard on all the songs. Rooted in the death metal pillars of original formulas but most definitely adding their own flovor to make their own brew of catchy and moving composition. Songs like "Atlantis of the Sands", "Rebirth of the Overthrown" and "Primordial Entity"

are amongst favorites from this release. Crushing drums with blistering double bass kicks and huge guitar tone bringing all together in a devastating package.


In conclusion, the band unleashes a crushing blow with every song. Each one building higher and higher making your blood start pumping. A must for any death metal fan who wants something brutal and well executed.




Van egy közgazdasági aforizma, miszerint az utolsó patkógyártó cég állította elő a világ legjobb patkóit. Ehhez hasonlóan az eposz, a hősköltemény műfaja már a XIX. században is inkább csak stílusparódiák terepe volt (lásd Petőfi: A helység kalapácsa című művét). A spanyol death metal négyes, a Neter harmadik soralbuma január 15-én jelent meg "Inferus" címmel a Satanath Records gondozásában és ennek kapcsán elgondolkodhatunk többek között azon, vajon egy adott műalkotás, művészi teljesítmény mennyire foglya saját korának.



A művészettörténeten végigtekintve nem kell nagy tehetség annak megállapításához, hogy minden stílusnak vagy akár műfajnak megvan a maga élettartama, azaz az aranyéveket, a divattá válást óhatatlanul követik az alkonyórák. Míg a XX. század elején konkrét utcai zavargások törtek ki egy-egy festészeti kiállítás megnyitója kapcsán, ma már ez a képzőművészeti ág gyakorlatilag eltűnt a köztudatból. Egy-egy vers régen forradalmakat volt képes kirobbantani, napjainkban azonban Facebook-oldalakon kell megosztani a nagyérdeművel a legújabb műremekeket, mert a kortárs költők verseskötetei már meg sem jelennek, vagy ha igen, akkor jó esetben elmegy belőlük száz példány.


Minden zeneszám, regény, film szorosan illeszkedik és ezer szállal kapcsolódik a korhoz, melyben született: nem pusztán tárgyában, hanem stílusában, formájában és befogadási lehetőségeiben is. Csak a legnagyobb műalkotások képesek akár ezer év távlatából is releváns módon megszólítani a ma közönségét, ráadásul a technológiai fejlődés miatt ezek az életciklusok is drámai gyorsasággal rövidülnek le.


A death metal a csúcsidőszakát a nyolcvanas-kilencvenes évek fordulóján élte és a lendülete ki is tartott úgy a kilencvenes évek közepéig. Onnantól kezdve különböző stílusmutációkon keresztül termékenyítette meg a metalszínteret (melo-death, deathcore, stb.), de a klasszikus, régisulis halálfém már sosem nyerte vissza régi fényét.


Azonban ez nem jelenti azt, hogy ne alakulna számtalan, a régi szép időket visszahozni akaró, azokat sormintaként alkalmazó death metal banda. Pontosan ilyen a 2004-ben Sevillában létrejött Neter is, mely 2009-ben jelentkezett először stúdióalbummal, az "Inferus" pedig immár a harmadik a sorban. Ha végighallgatjuk a tíztételes, bő háromnegyed órás anyagukat, akkor óhatatlanul is eszünkbe fog jutni az a bizonyos, a bevezetőben már említett patkógyár.




Az "Inferus" ugyanis egy régivonalas death metal műremek. Természetesen azonnal rávághatjuk, hogy a zenekarra alapvető, ha nem domináns hatással volt legfőképpen a Morbid Angel, no meg az Immolation munkássága. Trey Azaghtothék minden nótájukban megbújnak, ez kétségtelen, de a spanyolok nem is csinálnak különösebben nagy titkot belőle: talán úgy gondolták, hogy elvégre egy stílusalapító legendától inspirációt meríteni nem szégyen. Ebben van igazság, ez kétségtelen.


A The Pillars Of Heracles vagy a Faceless című tétel például gond nélkül felférhetett volna az "Altars Of Madness" alapműre is és minden bizonnyal sokunk fel tudna még sorolni számos hasonló dalt. Átkozottul érzi a Neter ezt a főként középtempós zúzást, a gyaluló, mázsás betontömbként gördülő-guruló riffek által vezérelt darálást. Átlagosan jó ötperces nótákról van szó (az első tétel egy instrumentális, furcsa hangulatú bevezető, melynek témája és atmoszférája a záró dalban jelenik meg újra, keretet adva így az egész korongnak), van tehát hely és keret körbejárni a témákat, megspékelni azokat néhány jól eleresztett szólóval is.


A hangzásba sem lehet belekötni: arányosan, szépen, telten szól minden, az összes hangszer megszólalása korrekt. Manuel Gestoso énekes/gitáros hangja kellően brutális és határozott ehhez a kicsit apokaliptikus hangulatú anyaghoz. A Neter egyébként egyértelműen a nyolcvanas-kilencvenes évek floridai színtérének bandáit választotta példaképének: egyetlen negatívabb jellegű észrevételem ehhez kapcsolódik. Nagyon bízom abban, hogy a csapat a következő kiadványain bátrabban mer majd egyedi, csak rájuk jellemző témákat és zenei megoldásokat megvalósítani, mert - ahogy a fentiekben már céloztam rá - az "Inferus" szerzeményeit az ízlésemhez képest túlságosan áthatja a Morbid Angel hatása.




Visszatérve a bevezetőben felhozott kérdésre: mennyire van létjogosultsága egy olyan zsánerműnek, mely évtizedekkel a stílus életciklusát követően jelent meg? Ki vásárol ma még patkót, megélhet-e ebből egy patkógyártó cég? A Neter válasza minden bizonnyal az lenne erre, hogy ki a fenét érdekel mindez a meddő okoskodás? Ők azt a zenét játsszák, amelyet szeretnek, a többit pedig nagy ívben, nos, figyelmen kívül hagyják.


Meggyőződésem, hogy ha az "Inferus" mondjuk 1990-ben jelenik meg az Egyesült Államokban, ma a death metal egyik gyöngyszemeként emlékeznénk rá. Huszonnyolc év elteltével - és számtalan hasonló korszakalkotó és kiváló korongot követően - azonban nem tudom, hogy mennyire sikerül betörnie a spanyol csapatnak az európai színtérre. A képességeik és a lemezük alapján ezt megérdemelnék, ez kétségtelen.





Death metal act Neter have got a new album to their namesake, it being titled "Inferus". With this title their comes a change of pace for the death metal act, as their years of music go to a much darker sound, being very powerful and influenced by bands like Behemoth, Decapitated, Hate Eternal, and even some Vader and Nile. This being more or less what you can hear upon this album "Inferus". It is a delivery of development with an evolution of pace, that sounds both intense yet aggressive in tone. Likely the material is fast, intense as said, with loads of instrumental marking's that make the vocal chords more determined than ever to get noticed. In short, the material just sounds heavy duty plain and simple. If you are into the influential acts that Neter looks upon, than their "Inferus", album will do you just fine and dandy.





Legacy… that’s a word which I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. The legacy that some bands leave, and the legacy to which all bands belong.


And it does seem, from my admittedly limited perspective, that the idea of legacy is considered to be more important in the Metal scene than most, what with our differentiation and delineation of “Old School vs New”, and our preoccupation with categorising various genres (and sub-genres) into historical “waves”.


Not that any of this is a bad thing, by the way. If anything it always helps to know where you come from, in whose footsteps you might be following, and on whose shoulders you currently stand.


It’s why pretty much every Metal band, no matter how “extreme” they might be, owes a significant debt to Slayer or Metallica, and are part of a legacy tracing its origins not just from Judas Priest and Black Sabbath, but also from Blues and Rock and Roll and from a host of other acts and artists and musical styles down through the ages.


Spanish brutalists Neter are, of course, firmly rooted in the well-established legacy of Death Metal, producing a riff-heavy racket that recalls both Immolation and early Decapitated, while also incorporating hints of Behemoth (and through them, if not directly, a prominent Morbid Angel influence) and Nile along the way, without being overly in thrall to any of them in particular.


Tracks like “The Pillars of Heracles”, the titanic “Atlantis of the Sands”, and the brooding sturm und drang of “Faceless” (which, for better or for worse, happens to share a prominent riff with one of the first songs we’ve already written for the next Beyond Grace album) are as punishingly intense, and as crushingly cathartic, as anything that the band’s American or Polish forebears might have produced, and consistently showcase the quartet firing firmly on all cylinders and acting as a single savage unit.


And even though Inferus is perhaps not quite as hellishly hooky as its predecessor (though the hypnotically heavy strains of “Primordial Entity” might strongly suggest otherwise), the added grit and grim density of the album more than makes up for this in sheer weight and presence alone.


That being said, once numbers like “Blazing Fallout” and “Galvanize” get their teeth into you, you’ll be hard pressed to shake them, and it’s likely that the monstrous grooves of the former, and the twisted technical riffery of the latter, will be stomping and swirling around in your head for days afterwards.


It’s not all smooth sailing of course, as the superfluous introductory track “The Cords of Sheol” roundly fails to build up any of the necessary momentum or anticipation to justify its inclusion, while the rather anticlimactic finale to the otherwise stellar “The Eye of Sirius” ends the album not with a bang, but with a relative whimper. And don’t even get me started on the amusingly (but assumedly accidentally) phallic artwork…


Still, when all is said and done these are relatively minor flaws in the grand scheme of things, and the positives here far, far outweigh any minor negatives, making Inferus not only a welcome addition to the ever-expanding annals of Death Metal as a genre, but also another extremely impressive entry in the band’s own burgeoning legacy.





From relentlessly battering and brimstone-scorched black metal to crushing, beautifully orchestrated doom that palpably reeks of the grave, Dark Matter rounds up some of the Russian label’s finest recent exports…


Within seconds of hearing a disarmingly delicate piano movement being violently engulfed in a veritable deluge of madly accelerating grooves, it’s hard to imagine Neter’s blackly expansive sound once being limited to a single variant of extreme metal. Starting out in 2004 as a rather atypically Swedish-flavoured ensemble, additional inspiration from the likes of Decapitated and Nile soon began to infiltrate and transform their rapidly evolving sound into something altogether darker.




From coldly majestic lines of riffage whose snaking contortions ooze ritualistic horror to scalpel-edged flurries of arpeggios and bloodcurdling screams, latest opus ‘Inferus’ displays seamless ease in mixing and manipulating its respective dynamics. And it’s this seamlessly fluid synergy that lends to Neter a presence infinitely greater than the sum of its composite parts, with ‘The Pillars of Heracles’ being exceptionally rich with ink-black atmospherics. With its bracing stints of battering hyperblasts and gargling screams displaying a tautly engineered balance of scalding ultra-violence and meticulous pacing, it’s with bewildering speed and complexity that these nimble, knife-edged configurations leave the synapses crackling with adrenaline. And from viciously abrasive hooks to face-melting solos whose sleekly luxuriant throes abound with ancient majesty, ‘Inferus’ is as deliciously vicious as it is intelligently crafted.





Inferus è un album con ottima produzione, molto compatto nelle sonorità brutali e potenti prescelte, supportate da distorsioni vocali in predominante variegatura di growl, medio, basso e gutturale fino al Walrus. Blast beats intricati e precisi al micron nell’esecuzione alla batteria e un riffing complesso e notevole. Se la heaviness resta un focus centrale, si distende nel disco dei Neter in diluizione eccellente con l’atmosferico, la precisione tecnica quanto matematica, il groove massiccio e il bilanciamento perfetto degli arrangiamenti in variazione ritmica costante.


Siamo al cospetto di una band metal incendiaria, trainata con impeto dal tellurico e tecnicissimo drumming e lavoro di corde in devastazione sonora. L’arrangiamento di ciascun brano accoglie un’alta orecchiabilità e passaggi che aggrappano l’attenzione strappando il gradimento totale ai suoi adepti.


Il disco ospita assoli eccezionali nella maggior parte delle tracce, ciascuna delle quali apre uno scenario differente sul viaggio attraverso il vestibolo dei Neter con titoli evocativi e arcani. Melliflui e stregati intarsi del disco sono gli arpeggi, gli accompagnamenti al piano e una quantità di elementi evanescenti che confluiscono in textures dal fascino orientale e magico-rituale.


L’evoluzione di un suono temprato al massimo della blindatura e compattezza è culminata nelle dieci tracce che costruiscono cinquanta minuti di death metal allo stato più puro della materia. INFERUS.





Spanish death metal act.


Extremely in your face, fat toned guitars (they literally sound like those huge pillars from the cover art, surrounding and subsuming everything else beneath and between), machine gun riffing and concomitantly spastic drum patterns.


Yep, they’re all tech death-ified in the vein of, say, Nile, but with the throaty “manly” vocal approach of a Vader and some lead lines that come off more than a tad black metallish.


I guess if Sinister (or the renamed Neocaesar Sinister recently morphed into) lapsed into a lesser production and lost some of that veteran musician polish, you might get something a bit along the lines of Neter.


Not bad, though I’ll stick to the original acts they’re drawing from (or reminding us of) for now.


Better production, more polish, a more defined feel, and these guys could have something more than a flash in the pan here.





From the well known town of Seville in Spain, NETER are here to present you some indigestive Death Metal. The four piece is around for more than a decade right now and with “Inferus”, they just released their third full album. Behold! This one is far from being easy. Shifted rhythms, complicated beats, complex riffing and a mid to slow paced beat make “Inferus” an offering that is not simple to be swallowed. To give an at least vague description of the sound of NETER, imagine bands like ATHEIST adopting the pace of BOLT THROWER and the rhythmic extravaganza of NILE. Sounds complicated and in fact it is. But listening to songs like 'Faceless' or 'Rebirth Of The Overthrown' over and over again, the fascination of that mix slowly unveils. Yet, it is not a sound I personally like to listen to that often. But if I'm in the mood for complex stuff, NETER definitely is not the worst of choices. The more groovy approach to technical Death Metal is the special bonus point that makes “Inferus” stand out of the genre a little bit. And faster parts, like in 'Atlantis Of The Sands' or 'Galvanize', are doing a good job to the audibility of the album as well. With the final 'The Eye Of Sirius', NETER even show an epic face that makes this one the highlight of the album.





Spain again. Recently some good bands did their entrance in the annals of extreme metal and Neter are a welcomed addition as well. Their third album is a monster, taking huge influences from later Morbid Angel, Behemoth and Lost Soul with hints of Nile. So expect some dark epic atmosphere, slow-mo bangers, otherworldly blast eruptions, fat production and killer songs. Neter are good in taking various spins and turns into their songs while also resting on repeat when the it is necessary. The songs are fluent and go straight to your ears. The big classics, chorus or riffwise, are missing to consider this a genre classic, but they make a step further into the darker regions of hell`s prime extreme metal.





Neter are a Spanish death metal band and this is their third album.


I have fond memories of 2015’s Idols, so it’s good to see the band return with some new material. I very much like the striking album art for this release too.


Neter play their death metal with a mix of American and Polish influences. This results in muscular death metal that’s not without its nuance or atypical delivery, as well as some more exotic influences here and there, usually manifesting in the melodies/leads/solos.


With a lot of thundering mid-paced battering, (although certainly not exclusively), there’s probably more variety of pace and mood on Inferus than there was on Idols. Inferus is the sound of a band that have taken all of the strengths of their previous work and mercilessly slaughtered the weaknesses.


The band’s songs are heavy and threatening, taking aspects of Morbid Angel, Immolation, Nile, Behemoth, and Decapitated into themselves with skill and obvious appreciation. I like that although these influences can clearly be heard, Neter put their own spin on things and inject their music with more than enough personality of their own to avoid accusations of being derivative. Inferus is very much Neter’s own work, and it shines brightly with a dark malevolence.


I really enjoyed this. Neter write their songs with substance and weight behind them, and for all its obvious charms Inferus is an album that gets even better and more compelling after repeated listens.


Very highly recommended.





In the last six months I've written very scarcely about pure death metal. Too many bands with a steadfast relationship to the most traditional approach, can make even good albums feel generic.

Although copycats can be found within every sub-genre, differentiation seem to have a somewhat higher status in black metal; a genre with an extra draw on outcasts.

But back to dath metal. Sometimes one comes across bands that deliver their barbaric crushing riffs with so much killer mood that it becomes impossible not to succumb to the steamroller.


Spanish Neter has been around since 2004, and Inferus is the third album of the quartet. The band apparently sounded more like Swedish death metal before the Spaniards found their own identity. I'm perfectly happy living with the fact that this identity is neither ground breaking nor unique, as the quality is sturdy in every aspect, and the material appeals as much as it does.


The lethal direction the guys luckily seem to settle with, is mighty and suggestive, with good old groove, heavy weight and diabolical moods. The press release mentions such references as Behemoth and Nile. I'm not gonna argue against that, even if Neter lean more toward heaviness and punch, and don't aim for the most majestic peaks. Neter has crafted vigorous riffs for themselves, and fortunately, they don't give any direct associations as such. An occasional nifty, succinct solo also hits spot on, without rattling like borrowed feathers. (Yes, feathers from metal birds, do rattle.)


The riffs on Inferus might not be as memorable as those of said bands, but with percussion marked with aggression, infernal growls, ominous moods and juicy production, that doesn't matter all that much. I (for my part) really thrive while thundering rhythms embrace me as a threatening constrictor.





So after an unmemorable piano intro (why bother?) NETER, a four piece death metal act from Spain, kick into a gear well ground down. My first reaction was "hey these guys sound like" and then I kinda got lost. The fact is after playing this, their third full length, the bottom line is that NETER sound like a ton of DM acts. And of course the obvious link I'm thinking of is DEATH for starters as well as their subtle tech polish. The other influences in NETER's music might come from a harsh Polish act or two and because their lyrical subject matter deals with ancients then I'd toss in NILE.


NETER spends most of their time delivering rhythms bent on crushing yet technical riffs. The band has mastered the death metal art of mixing up good headbanging grooves with some head turning song structure twists. The main speed evident is left to the trigger drums. The sporadic solos are beautifully sewn in like needlepoint and yes very sharp. Good gruff bestial style vocals cap off everything.


A week ago I was listening to a release by a new USDM act which was on a major metal label. That band had a bag of prominent influences, some average ability but had no soul or attitude in order to make it real. NETER on the other hand truly bleeds metal soul. You hear the conviction especially in songs like "Rebirth of the Overthrown", "Atlantis of the Sands" and my favorite cut on here "The Pillars of Heracles". Ya know the nation is not known for it but over the years Spain has produced some decent death metal acts. But there's never really been a leader amongst em to carry the torch into battle, until now maybe.