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NECROPHAGIA - WhiteWorm Cathedral

It’s fitting that with the constantly expanding universe of metal bands putting out records, a new Necrophagia album would land in late October of 2014. Having been one of the early gore-soaked bands in the genre, Necrophagia broke up in the late 80’s, but reformed ten years later to begin the steady stream of albums they’ve put out since then. On their latest record, the band goes for a straightforward and simplified blend of house of horror antics mixed with Entombed and Scream Bloody Gore-era Death. If I could give a name to their style (at least on this album), it would probably be: Pizza and Popcorn Death Metal – as it reminds me of those days when you go to your buddy’s house, order a pizza and click on a few horror movies. This is even further reflected through the crayon colors present on the album cover.

But they’re more than just simple kitsch, otherwise they wouldn’t merit an album review. Though their not the most intricate of groups stylistically, that doesn’t stop them from piling on some solid riffs and pounding drum beats. The dark, yet clever tongue-in-cheek, atmosphere permeates the entire album, from the satanic chanting on “Reborn through Black Mass” to The Exorcist sound-bite on “Fear the Priest” (it’s from the part where Father Karas first visits the possessed Regan McNeil and splashes her with holy water as she screams “IT BURNS!!!”…though Karas reveals to her mother later that it’s just tap water…clever indeed). Indeed, these sort of horror-tropes are old and well-worn characteristics of metal, but Necrophagia is well-placed to use them to their advantage. This gives the listener an extra layer of subject-matter to chew on, rather than yet another band singing about words that end in -ion (destruction, determination, extermination, desolation…enough already!!!).

As Killjoy says in an interview last year:

Whiteworm Cathedral is the most straightforward Necrophagia release of our entire career. We have always taken chances and experimented in the past…Whiteworm Cathedral contains none of these elements. It's thirteen songs that are very heavy, horror filled and direct…The songs are sick and heavy but they are also catchy at times. There are alot of witchcraft and necromancy themes. It's a very personal subject matter that I have wanted to bring into Necrophagia for a long time.”

Simple, sick and heavy are three perfect words to describe the album. And it’s good to have death metal coming out in 2014 that isn’t all sweep picking and super-complicated scale patterns. Still, there is a bit of drag to this record, to where the listener gets easily distracted from the riffs on display. Readers will know how much I like things to be straightforward, but not to the point where the riffs simply repeat themselves. The guitar sound itself could have been much sharper and piercing, like that on 2005’s excellent Harvest Ritual.

But the atmosphere is there, and is well-honed for the maximum horror-movie effect. If you’re looking for a simple romp through ghouls and screams and witches and hauntings, then it’s time you visited the WhiteWorm Cathedral.

Favorite Songs: “Reborn through Black Mass”, “???”, "Fear the Priest", “The Dead Among Us”

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WHITESNAKE - Made In Japan

FRONTIERS RECORDS

RELEASE DATE: APRIL 2013

Live albums from WHITSNAKE are a double-edged sword since mastermind David Coverdale is known for ‘correcting’ things that didn’t sound well live on stage, in particularly his vocals. I can’t judge how authentic “Made In Japan” really is since I wasn’t at the band’s show at Loud Park-festival in October 2011. However, the 66 minutes of music on this album sound powerful and entertaining. The set consisted of several classics and tracks from the band’s last studio album, “Forevermore”, which fit really well. The bonus CD contains soundtrack and acoustic versions.

M. SPÄTH


   

SUPURATION - CU3E

LISTENABLE RECORDS 2013

Release:        25-02-2013
Origin:            France
Length:          40:54


It doesn’t matter if they call themselves S.U.P.; Spherical Unit Provided, SUP or Supuration. As long as they continue their own style and unique death doom emotional metal, my corpse will forever dwell within these four … three walls.

Number 3 of the “Cube” series and number 9 if you consider all albums and names as one band. France it is and as with French cheese, French bread and French metal: it is different, it is unique and it is weird. This also counts for the third cube.

Since I am complete familiar with the band and their entire discography, I don’t consider them as strange, but as one of my favourite (death) metal bands. So probably my cube is already coloured and not completely impartial.

This third album can be put and listened effortlessly against the first cube. Songs, ideas, structures, sound and vocals are similar and most important transferring same feelings and mixed emotions. After wandering and wondering through the cube more often, I also hear echoes and anomaly images of the S.U.P. period of the band and might be able to label the cube as a second room seven. All in all Supuration is still able to catch up and continue their hegemony within the death doom genre.

Listen to songs as “Consumate” or “The Incongruents” and every one familiar with the band will agree that it sounds like the old school days. As mentioned my view is tinted, but when you are not moved and touched by this band and their music, you better should leave the cube.

Three times the right album! Fortunately a cube has four walls, so one more to construct!



BLOODCORPSE

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