Nemesis Irae     

Eradikate Kampaign

Mortis Humanae Productions 2013

With Eradikate Kampaign, French black metal horde, Nemesis Irae, embark upon their third album of traditionalism and cold extremity.  The album's opening track, Karnage is replete with proud riffs that tower above savage segments and makes an impressive statement for an intro of sorts.  New Beginning however really sets the tone for the album with its relentless pacing and destructive guitars.  At times I am reminded a bit of Carpathian Forest at their filthiest though there is a certain mental coldness that is present in Nemesis Irae that is not present in CF's music.  Perhaps it is their evident use of a thick, noticeable bass guitar.  The next track, Christ Anthem, saws through you like a blizzard of glass with its guitars.  The drums just mercilessly pound away while the guitars are a nonstop set of riff contortions and stomping breakdowns that feel like a frostbitten trudge through mountains of snow.  A somewhat melodic passage of warbling guitar entrances the listener as the song draws towards its conclusion.  Total Agony manages to focus the Carpathian Forest comparisons even further as a slew of Nordic black metal riffs and cold atmospheres send a frigid wind through the listener while fat bass lines serve to add a black n roll groove to the song.  The staggered riffs that open Asmodeus are crushing and lay the groundwork for the unholy gusts of black metal speed that spew forth afterwards.  The vocals seem to get dryer and dryer as the album goes along.  A determined and lengthy lead dominates the first half of the song before once again giving way to speedy devastation.  Nemesis Irae are a new band for me which is a bit surprising.  However, Eradikate Kampaign is a cold blast of freezing black metal with a generous nod towards the bass driven songwriting of Carpathian Forest, though Nemesis Irae aren't near to being clones.  With that said though, Eradikate Kampaign is a solid, though unspectacular album that is strong in its own right yet fails to truly set itself apart from the rest of the scene.