Needless: The Cosmic Cauldron-2022.

Neddless:Thrash Death Black Metal from Hungary.

Discography:

EarthbornDemo2009 
The Dark Spirit of AgesEP2015 
Stalkers of AthanasiaSingle2017 
HeresyFull-length2019 
The Cosmic CauldronSingle2021 
Planet OblivionSingle2021 
The Cosmic CauldronFull-length2022

Members:

László BánfalviBass
Tamás BárányGuitars
See also: Damnation
Ádám ForczekVocals
See also: Damnation
Fogl BotondGuitars (2018-present)
Botond KasperDrums (2020-present)
See also: Within the Mind

Past Members:

Zoltán NémethDrums
Bence CsákóGuitars
Marci TóthGuitars
See also: Akrasia

One thought on “Needless: The Cosmic Cauldron-2022.

  1. Demon Fang, January 19th, 2022
    Despite the otherworldly album cover, Needless’ The Cosmic Cauldron is a more grounded thrashy melodic death metal album. It doesn’t go full-throttle into thrashing and bashing like their contemporaries would have, nor does it go towards the uncannily melodic like Xoth. Instead, it’s more like a potpourri of both, ultimately not hitting the highs of either – for the most part. It certainly didn’t help that its opening number vacillated between tepid melodic death riffs and faceless speed/thrash riffs that coalesce into an unmemorable malaise. This isn’t one of those “but if you pay attention” kind of deals, either – this song degenerates into background noise and to place more stock into it will leave you with the same conclusion. If this is par for the course, umm… I dunno, go listen to Destroyers of All or something instead.

    But once “Astrogate the Spectral Lane” and “The Predation” come on, the album reveals its true strengths. The former is a rollicking good time while the latter’s composition expands from a regular joint into a more monolithic one – complete with big choruses, escalating riffs and climactic solos. Focusing less on ripping and tearing and more on tight songwriting allows the songs to really pop off. This culminates into the closing number, “Transgalactic”, with a hooky main riff in the beginning, even bigger riffs throughout its runtime, and an overall escalating song structure that justifies its 10-minute runtime. Just the way everything builds off one another leads to a highly captivating ending track, particularly with the soloing towards the end leading towards a graceful piano track bowing them out. It’s the kind of epic I miss from bands like this – this sense of cohesion and rising tension in the songwriting, versus it feeling like two or three songs being hastily put together. But I digress.

    Perhaps The Cosmic Cauldron is actually a great album that merely has a false start. But the problem is that those three tracks I just named are the only really good tracks on here. Not that the rest are bad by any means, as there are certainly elements here and there to dig. A killer tremolo or a slick lead drenched throughout the song, a riff that quickly pops into your head but fuck how did the rest of that song go – you know the feeling. As entire wholes, they’re just not up to the mark. The riffs don’t hit as hard, and the melodies aren’t as strong. Which is a shame, because there’s still some energy in the riffing. But whether the pieces don’t quite fit together (thus merely becoming a decently good song instead of tight and melodically precise) or the pieces themselves are less impacting, the songs don’t strike quite as much of an impression as the aforementioned trio up above.

    There are attempts at branching out to spread their more melodically-driven legs. “Mournful Heavens” aims for a more melancholic structure with its doomier beginning while “Planet Oblivion” opts for mellower instrumentation – softer-sounding riffs and all that – although the latter finds itself droning on rather than being this moody prelude to “Transgalactic” that it wanted to be. I earnestly believe if they develop this end and integrate it beautifully into their already melodically-charged death/thrash, there would be a real ripper of an album right there. There’s definitely a lot of talent between the band members – particularly with the guitarists, although let’s not pretend Adam Forczek’s growls are without the power and ferocity to amplify the energy of the songs. As it is, The Cosmic Cauldron is a pretty good album with a few highlights that almost push it upon the upper echelon, only to land it right below that tier. If nothing else, it definitely could’ve used a better first impression.

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