Two years ago saw the coming of Nekhen’s debut release Entering the Gate of the Western Horizon, and now this year Nekhen graces us once again with a brand new offering titled Akhet. Akhet is one long track divided in to four parts, and much like Nekhen’s previous release, Akhet is incredibly atmospheric, immersive, monolithic in stature as well as hypnotic. Each track is a grandiose offering presenting you with nothing but incredibly atmospheric sounds that paint vast and harrowing soundscapes. Throughout this release you are greeted with loud, intense riffs that are only to be coupled by more traditional Egyptian instruments and influences only to create an overall inviting, heavy, dread inducing and down right incredibly memorable sound.
With the passing of each track, Nekhen does a great job of unfurling a story right before your eyes. Nekhen has an innate ability to draw you in to their vast and dark world only to keep you there for quite some time. Once you begin listening it is hard to escape the buzzing walls of sonic doom. Akhet is a difficult record to stop listening to once you begin as you become wrapped up in the dense and harrowing atmospheres that Nekhen lays out for you. Once you press play, you become shrouded in a dense, dark and twisting fog that collapses around you never letting you escape or wander beyond the wondrous yet grim soundscapes that Nekhen provides you.
The overall sound of Akhet is large and grand making it seem as though each track looms over you. These slow burning doom riddled passages make you feel as though the end is nigh and each of these tracks make you buckle under their sheer monstrous weight. Through four tracks, Nekhen makes you feel entirely small and on top of that, each track makes you feel as though you can be and will be crushed without a second thought. The combination of doom and the more traditional Egyptian sounds and instruments makes this sound up and makes for an interesting and unforgettable listen. The addition of the traditional Egyptian sounds really ties everything together and really makes the overall dread inducing sound just that much more monstrous and deadly.
Entering the Gate of the Western Horizon was impressive, and Akhet certainly impresses just as much if not more. Nekhen is an interesting one man project that has an interesting take on doom with the addition of Egyptian themes and instruments, and boy does it ever work. Each element is sewn together nicely creating a cohesive and overall massive sound that you aren’t soon to forget. Nor is Nekhen a band that you should pass up on.
You can find the entire Akhet release below on YouTube!
And you can find Akhet right on Bandcamp