Written by: The Voiceless Apparition
Well hello again, friends! (If you missed the first, second, third, and fourth review in the series, be sure to check 'em out! - Ed). Today's review is the unearthing of Deathtrip 69. By this point, Necrophagia had a solid roster and was finally able to record this album. The lineup for this album is Boris Randall on guitar, Damien Matthews on bass, and Shawn Slusarek, with Killjoy leading the charge.
"Naturan Demonto" starts out like how all Necrophagia albums start out: with an ass-kicking so viscous. It's evident from the start that this album is a lot rawer and more blunt and straight-to-the point. "Beast With Feral Claws" is a groovy monster--the main riff to this song is just so headbanging and infectious. That said, "Tomb With a View" is where the album really starts to take off. I absolutely love the atmosphere of this song, it's macabre, and quite catchy too.
I think my favorite song on the album is "Suffering Comes in Sixes." This is a balls-to-the-wall thrasher. Absolutely devastating riffs and the putrid vocals of Killjoy. My favorite section of the song is around the 2:15 mark, the transitioning of that riff just boils my blood every time. That riff is just beyond catchy. One of my favorite Necrophagia songs for sure. I really love the ambient and darkly atmospheric approach to "A Funeral for Solange." The album ends with a great little folk ditty with a dark twist called "Death Valley 69."
All told, "Deathtrip 69" is quite a different beast in Necrophagia's discography. I feel that it's a more brutal offering compared to Harvest Ritual. Whereas that album was more cinematic in scope, this album is more stripped-down, raw, and simplistic. But this was merely just a detour, as the next release would be another departure...a departure into something quite special. Next, we move on to Whiteworm Cathedral.
Necrophagia - Harvest Ritual was released in 2011 via Season of Mist
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