The Ninth Gate>>NEAERA - GERMANY

The Rising Tide Of Oblivion – 2005 – Metal Blade
Let The Tempest Come – 2006 – Metal Blade
Armamentarium – 2007 - Metal Blade
Omnicide - Creation Unleashed - 2009 - Metal Blade
Forging The Eclipse – 2010 - Metal Blade
Ours Is The Storm – 2013 - Metal Blade

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G= Pagan Angel, Ikonoklast, Malzan>>STEFAN KELLER>>Malzan – Malzan, I The Unlord>>TOBIAS BUCK>>I The Unlord

Buck founded the band as The Ninth Gate in 2003, changed its monicker to Neaera in 2004 and signed with Metal Blade and threw in the towel in 2015 with a farewell tour.

A debut demo in 2004 lead to a deal with Metal Blade Records, which initially was for four records. Producer Andy Classen recorded the debut. The band would release its fourth album, Omnicide – Creation Unleashed on May 25th 2009 through Metal Blade Records. The album was recorded at the Rape Of Harmonies studio with producer Alexander Dietz. The producer, who played in Heaven Shall Burn, had also guested on guitar for the band on the road in 2008. He would also record the subsequent albums. Neaera also toured with Heaven Shall Burn. Metal Hammer magazine invited the band to contribute Metallica’s Through The Never to a bonus CD for the Black Album 20 Year Anniversary edition.

Neaera was a mythical prostitute in ancient Greece.


Let The Tempest Come is apparently the German band’s second album. Never having even heard of the band before being handed this by the Metallian Knights a comparison cannot be forthcoming. Instead, the band can be reviewed as a mix of the much maligned crossover sound and the Gothenburg scene. Should that mean the band is ¾ Gothenburg sounding so be it, although the band’s biggest challenge will not change. That is, despite the tight musicianship, solid production and aggressive delivery the whole affair comes across as a tad bland and somehow unoriginal. There are not many riffs here that could be called original, the band’s own or innovative. In and of itself that should not matter for the band is thrashing hard in absolute terms, yet the nagging feeling is there nonetheless. It is not until the end of the album, the slow instrumental Life Damages The Living and the album’s closer Scars Of Gray that the quartet tries a different tone or a different sound. At least, these examples prove the band has a knack for cool song titles. Paradigm Lost is another good example. - Anna Tergel

One more trend done and over with: metalcore. It looks like just like metal got rid of rap metal, grunge, mallcore and crossover, metalcore is now out as well. Good. Neaera dabbled in metalcore and came across as a band in need of identity. With its newest and third album the German band has completed the transition to death thrash and has recorded a very sharp album full of harsh guitars with a rhythm (bass and guitar) that is so thick it cuts the air. The vocals are screamed and growled, with one exception, and the speed typically unrelenting. The slower sections accentuate the speed. Kudos to the production, which also allow the drums to shine. This is great stuff that is only impaired by the album’s lone exile, called Liberation at the end of the disc, which has clean vocals. Had the band not included the stupidity the album would have been better. As is, this both fast and heavy and extreme. From Arch Enemy to At The Gates and Ebony Tears Armamentarium has something to offer fans. - Anna Tergel