Written by: The Voiceless Apparition
Death metal is a genre I love. I first heard "Shredded Humans" by Cannibal Corpse when I was 10 years old, and have been a fiend ever since. While I tend to be a person who likes when bands experiment and progress, I also can't deny that I love a really raw and old-school death metal release that wears its influences on its sleeves, and that's where Necropsy comes in. Finland is quite known for their influx of death metal bands (metal in general) but even Necropsy remains a name unknown to most. Though they have only released two albums as of now (mind you, they formed in 1987,) they do remain a cult name within underground death metal's bowels.
This EP immediately kicks in with "Meat Ceremony," one of the most uptempo songs on this release. Complements to the guitar work, as it is catchy as hell but also as simplistic and barbarian as you can get. The main riff to this song is drowning in hooks and memorability but without sacrificing brutality. While not the best song on this release, it makes so much sense for it to be the opener. Now we move on to the aptly-titled "Fucking Dead," and man oh man is this song fucking great. As soon as the song begins we are immediately greeted by one of the nastiest doom metal riffs I have heard in a while, this riff is absolutely devastatingly heavy. The whole song continues to build upon itself before going into another catchy riff that will be sure to be stuck in your head for days.
The second-to-last song on this release, "206 Motives," continues on where the last song left off, albeit more diverse and adding in more complexities to it (still raw death metal). There's a really nice bass solo in the middle of the song that was well-placed. Riffs upon riffs are added into the song ending it on the most old-school riff of the EP, this was a great way to show off the doomed out power of this release. The last track on the album, "Butcherado." is easily the fastest and most brutal. The opening riff is infectious. This is a pretty basic and simplistic song structure, but I really feel that it was warranted and necessary to do that after having one of the more dense songs precede this number.
I don't have too much to say about the production. It's raw, old-school, guitar-heavy, and crisp. I love the tones on all of the instruments: the guitars and bass sound disgusting, the drums sound natural and clear, and the vocals are gruesome and sit perfectly in the mix, not one instrument overpowers the other.
Necropsy seems to have struck a nice chord between their death metal origins and the inclusion of these new doom metal influences. While I wouldn't say that this is the greatest release ever, it's a really strong addition to the arsenal of Necropsy, and of death metal altogether. If you are a fan of Autopsy, Convulse, and the doomier parts in Incantation songs, I would definitely recommend checking this out!
Necropsy - Exitus was released Jan. 21st from Xtreem Music
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