If you thought metal was metal and that was that, think again. Though New York trio, Homerik, may be practitioners of metal of the most furious kind (more thrash than death) their sound is that much deeper due to their inclusion of sweeping symphonic gales of atmosphere, not to mention the homework (Homerikwork?) they’ve done on their lyrics.
Rather like Nile, they have a very historical/mythological slant to their lyrics, in particular relating to Egyptology, which informs their sound in terms of the addition of ethic instrumentation and sonic textures. To make another comparison, the melodic approach, coupled with the deliciously frenzied riffing is reminiscent of Ghost or a bleaker, more concentrated King Diamond. The real skill is the journey the album invites you to take, through tribal rhythms and concerning-sounding incantations, to tracks like The Ire of Green which has a Celtic feel. Though dragged along screaming through what is essentially a barbaric travelogue, it’s a thoroughly satisfying experience, the story telling of modern fables marrying perfectly with their use of ancient texts, in particularly the Cannibal Hymn, an alarming scripture relating to the Pharaoh, Unis.
A step ahead of many metal bands in terms of their scope and the time they’ve taken to carefully curate suites of music which transport the listener through time and space, Homerik are worthy practitioners of a new kind of intelligent, affecting trash. We eagerly await their epic video, due for release around Halloween.