The Mexican one-man band Necrosadik (interviewed here) made it's first release in 2008, and, after publishing quite a few splits and compilations, the band has now finished it's most matured product to date: the full-lenght album number four, "Katharsis." The album hasn't been released to the public as of November 2010, but the labels for its upcoming release have been found; Svartgalgh Records and Runenstein Records.

The music's core elements haven't changed since the previous full-lenght; it's raw and depressive black metal, with the main emphasis being on the atmosphere rather than any easy, catchy, or even musical qualities of the compositions. This is not Black Metal or even Metal in the traditional sense; the band employs no drums, for example.

The song structures are truly focused on the atmosphere. Both the acoustic and electonic riffs are based on really repetitive and simplistic patterns, and both them and even the pianos occasionally sound like a try-out for an array of notes instead of a composition. The grainy and somewhat low-pitch guitar creates a noisy, droning, lo-fi but nonetheless pretty strong backdrop for the songs, and the acoustics add some structure to them when they are present. The acoustics have a really stripped-down sound, but it sounds rather original when playing in a supporting role amidst the other instruments. The piano has a really strong role on the album, which is good as it's something Necrosadik has executed really well before. The piano sounds very dominant when present, and gives the songs a dark, strong and dramatic kick. Whereas the guitars create layers with a good dose of grit to (successfully) make them sound less even, the piano adds whole new peaks to them in order to give them more character and power.

Aside of the ones mentioned above, the album doesn't really have any more instruments aside of the really bleak synth sound on a couple of tracks and the very surprising organs in the 14th track. The odd thing is, that the album doesn't really need anything more either; the lo-fi recording equipment causes the instruments have a good dose of variation, rawness and character, and the sparse soundscape gives the instruments more power. It all fits the minimalistic and dark theme and feel of the album. The promo didn't come with the lyrics, but anyone can guess that they're not of the happiest kind. The vocals mostly consist of shouts with a decent amount of distortion, and give the songs a nihilistic and suicidal finishing touch. They're not as prominent as before, back when they used to overtake all the instrumentation; they're still a bit louder than necessary, but still fit in both musically and (especially) thematically.

Even though the songs don't have spesific hooks nor high points, their variation in the balance and usage of the different instruments make the songs clearly apart from each other. This is an album that should be listened to as a whole, as the songs are clearly meant to be parts that compliment each other and form a whole, instead of individual "hits" so to say. It's loud and arrogant, and truly needs a specific mood to function as it's meant to. The instrumentation is crude and partly even amateurish, and especially the electric guitars might be too much to handle. The album is also very long, but it suits the ambient-styled compositions, as well as their transitions from one to another.

If you want your atmospheric music to sound like a sadistic and masochistic nightmare of razorblades, or if you want something more original and honest from the depressive/suicidal black metal -genre, Necrosadik might be perfect for you. Depending on your bravery and views regarding the previous sentence, you might add a bonus point to the album's grade, or substract a couple from it. Personally I can only say that Necrosadik has gone forward a lot, but his music is still so introvert that I can't fully grasp it. I hope things will stay this way in the future as well. Necrosadik has surely gone forward and refined his expression, but I would still expect something more, something more powerful and overwhelming. A higher standard for the tracks' quality would also be needed, as "Katharsis" seems to go through a slope after it's halfway.

7 / 10