I imagine it was bit difficult to be in a death metal/black metal band in Sweden in 1997. Dissection had just released their two essential albums and I’m sure a lot of people’s attention (and rightfully so) was dominated by those masterpieces. If anything, time has helped these bands as Dissection dissolved (that’s one way of putting it) and we can look back and find all these hidden treasures.

The vast amount of hidden Swedish treasure seems to have become the main focus of this blog, although I never meant that to happen. I guess it’s just a representation of my tastes. Regardless, here’s another overlooked, Swedish black metal band.

I’m not entirely unfamiliar with Necrophobic. I have a handful of their albums but I haven’t listened to them in a while. My buddy suggested I check out Darkside, one of the albums of theirs I don’t have so I figured it was as good a time as any to revisit this band. No surprises here, this album rules. It’s barely over 30 minutes long, tearing through every minute of it. It’s not as melodic as you would expect a band of this nature from Sweden to be. That’s not to say it isn’t melodic, just not hyper melodic. In place of that, there’s more of a cold production, gothic overtones and gloomy romanticism. And Satan. Can’t forget Satan. It reminds me of earlier Marduk or current Darkenhold. I love that Hammer Horror like murky, misty moonlight feel some black metal bands go for. It helps by seeing the album cover, which is a fucking outstanding work of art.