Rebirth of Nefast - _Only Death_
by: James Montague (3.5 out of 5)
I have very little background info to share with regards to this one-man band; the demo allegedly emerged from somewhere in Germany and is the only known release of a band whose age, membership and exact location remain a mystery.

In a musical sense, Rebirth of Nefast's origins are a bit easier to pin, as the intense tremolo riffing and occasional moments of expansive, chilling, arpeggiated clean guitars betray a deep appreciation of early Immortal albums and the epic sensibilities of Enslaved. Compositionally, Rebirth of Nefast is a bold and adventurous entity, the three-song demo clocking in at over 32 minutes, with each track unwinding and developing a theme rather than indulging in vast repetitive passages or recycling a basic riff pattern ad infinitum. By demo standards, _Only Death_ has a great deal of clarity, particularly in the upper registers, although the crispness of the guitars tends to counteract the general sense of dankness and claustrophobia.

It will be interesting to see whether Rebirth of Nefast continues to release music in the future or simply disappear into the fog whence this demo came. Somewhere there is a creative source that could very well recapture the essence of early second-wave black metal while upping the ante in terms of composition. Fingers crossed.

Contact: http://www.debemur-morti.com/

(article published 4/8/2007)


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