Written by: The Voiceless Apparition
So with that, we return again! (If you missed the first, second, and third review in the series, be sure to check 'em out! - Ed). Today's installment in the series is Harvest Ritual. This is the same exact lineup as the previous album. After a lot touring and a sick EP, Harvest Ritual was born.
"Dead Skin Slave" begins the album with a swift banger. It is always important to start an album on a strong note, and this album does so with aplomb. This is a fast-paced thrasher from the get-go until the 2:30 mark, when you are gobsmacked by the nastiest, hardest riff ever. It's not a "breakdown" per se, but it has the characteristics of one, and it is glorious. Things start to take a different turn on "Unearthed" and "Cadavera X." Keyboards were present in previous Necrophagia albums, but they have more of a presence on this album. Weird psychedelic, spacey keys and synths hook you in and really add a cinematic flair to the sound.
I have to talk about "Return to Texas." This is a filthy, grimy, and gory highlight of the album. The opening intro of the song uses a sample of the beginning of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, really setting an unnerving atmosphere, but soon the song blasts off. The opening riff to the song is fucking stellar, one of the best riffs ever in the Frediablo era.
One of the stranger and more off-the-wall songs on the album, and in Necrophagia's discography in general, is "Akumu." This is a purely horror synth based number, but features a really catchy and memorable vocal hook that is guaranteed to get stuck in head. A song like this brings to mind another Killjoy side project in Enoch, a darkwave/horror soundtrack featuring Mirai as well. Another highlight on the album comes in the form of "Stitch Her Further." I love the transitioning between these skullcrushing thrashy sections, and these undeniably sick headbanging grooves.
It may seem rather apparent, but I really love Harvest Ritual. It's definitely one of my favorite Necrophagia albums. I love that with this album you get a more atmospheric and cinematic approach to the Necrophagia sound, but things still stay filthy and brutal. There's a lot of depth and layers to this album. Sure, you could say that this album is pretty primitive and simplistic, but if you listen really closely there's a whole lot of atmosphere spewing throughout.
After another lineup change and delays, the next Necrophagia release would be Deathtrip 69. Stay tuned!
Necrophagia - Harvest Ritual was released in 2005 via Red Stream Inc.
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