Nordjevel’s self-titled debut album was one of 2016’s best black metal albums, and best surprises in all of metal from that year. I was worried when co-founding member Nord left the band, but the 2017 Krigsmakt EP was also quite good. Now, with Necrogenesis, I can definitively say that there is nothing to fear as there is no sophomore slump, and while I prefer the debut over this, it is only by a small margin. In an age of dissonant, technical, and avant-garde black metal (such as Imperial Triumphant, Deathspell Omega, and many others that I love), it is refreshing to see in Nordjevel such an exemplar of a traditional, second-wave Norwegian black metal sound, and even better is the fact that Nordjevel has surpassed most of their influences in terms of technical prowess, speed, aggression, and most importantly, songwriting ability. This is mandatory listening, with no exceptions.
Favorite track: The Idea Of One-Ness.