Released: 2009, Scarlet Records
Hard to believe, but Italy’s Necrodeath have been slogging it out in the underground for over 20 years now. Granted, the only original member left is drummer Peso, but that hardly matters these days. Fact is, since reforming in 1998, the band has been steadily firing out albums of blackened thrash. In fact, PHYLOGENESIS marks the band’s 6th release since reforming – pretty prolific for a band that was inactive for a decade.
Unfortunately, the music being offered up on this album is purely second rate black thrash. It’s not particularly fast (blast beats do not equal speed) and the riffs are generic as hell. Not a single song on here reached out and grabbed me. Flegias’ vocals also drag this thing down, as his caw is strictly run of the mill black hacking – no emotion, no energy. It’s fitting I guess that the vocals are as soulless as the music. If I give the band anything, it’s that the music is competently played and the production is clear, even while appropriately dirty.
I hate to say it, but I just don’t hear anything to recommend this release. Every song bleeds into the next and I can’t help but tune it all out. Given that they’ve been around so long, I’m sure Necrodeath has its fans, but I can’t imagine who. From what I’ve read, PHYLOGENESIS is a bit of a return to form from the previous album, so if you ARE a fan, check it out. Everyone else can feel free to move right along.