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Necromantic Love Songs
March 2016
Released: 2016, Metal Blade Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: UK Team

Two years on from their third album, Dutch metallers ANTROPOMORPHIA offer fans a glimpse at their early beginnings with this reissue of their 1993 EP “Necromantic Love Songs”. Couple this with the bonus of addition of their demo “Bowel Mutilation”, it should come across as the perfect completionists release.

Unlike most re-releases these days, ANTROPOMORPHIA keep things as they were – there's no remixing, remastering or repackaging. If you were into your brutal death metal scene in Tilburg back in the early 90s, then you'll be hearing the exact same record. Featuring a typically old-school sound, “Necromantic Love Songs” is your classic death metal EP – rough, unrefined and aggressive to the point that such descriptions may inspire more than a mere aural assault. The combination of both early releases makes for great comparison between songs: “Rotted Flesh” from the earlier “Bowel Mutilation” EP sounds oddly heavier than its more recent incarnation (despite the rawer production), whilst “The Carnal Pit” benefits from maturation of songwriting in its shorter form.

While this may be a completionists item, it is also a wonderful aural time machine to a band in its infancy – it's oddly compelling to hear an established Metal Blade Records band at its earliest and hungry to achieve the heights they've reached. Naturally dark, raw and heavy yet classic-sounding (though may not be one for a candlelit dinner).

Review by: Lee Carter
Track Listing

Necromantic Love Songs EP
1. Crack the Casket
2. The Carnal Pit
3. Birth Through Dead
4. Chunks of Meat
5. Rotted Flesh
6. Outro/A Necromantic Love Song

Bowel Mutilation demo
7. Intro
8. Bowel Mutilation
9. Splattered Remains
10. Rotted Flesh
11. The Carnal Pit


Ferry Damen – Vocals & Guitar,
Jos van den Brand – Guitar,
Marc van Stiphout – Bass,
Marco Stubbe – Drums.

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