Nekrogoblikon just revealed through an Instagram post that they are currently working on their fifth studio album following their most recent release Welcome to Bonkers in 2018. The group is collaborating with Jason Suecof who has worked with groups such as Whitechapel and The Black Dahlia Murder, sure to give the group an even heavier kick in their new work.
Nekrogoblikon is a melodic death metal band that formed in Santa Barbara, California, in 2006. The uniqueness of the group comes with their goblin-themed concepts and goblin mascot known as John Goblikon often featured in their live shows and music videos. Goblikon even makes surprise appearances through their YouTube channel, such as John Goblikon’s Twitter Q&A!
Although they have been around for nearly a decade, Nekrogoblikon has recently gained tremendous attention due to the praise received from legendary artist Post Malone when he was a guest on Joe Rogan’s podcast.
— Nekrogoblikon (@Nekrogoblikon) July 29, 2020
Post Malone mistakenly identified John Goblikon as the lead singer of the group as opposed to Nicky Calonne, an honest mistake but not one to be repeated as the group spikes in popularity from the sudden exposure. Malone and Rogan discussed the concept of an actual goblin being a rock star and gave props to the innovative idea that Nekrogoblikon is embracing.
With many different sub-genres of metal emerging within an incredibly diverse landscape, goblin metal is something we did not expect to have on our playlists and yet is not entirely surprising. Despite the concept being relatively odd, perhaps even surpassing pirate metal in catching you off guard, Nekrogoblikon is not playing around with providing the heavy riffs and sharp vocals we come to expect from metal.
Whether a long-time fan or a curious seeker after Post Malone’s unexpected praise, this group is worth checking out even if just for the novelty. Their fifth album is sure to be filled with talented instrumentation and a growing love for John Goblikon giving the metal scene a new green hue amidst smashing musicianship.
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Stream their albums on Spotify.