Released: 2015, Century Media Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
The words “dirty” and “filthy” will be appearing in many mainstream magazines at the moment, mostly in the context of describing film 50 Shades of Grey. If you wish to find these adjectives anywhere else however, your best bet is to read up on some rotten, stinking French death metal, found here in the form of NECROWRETCH. The trio has crossed from the grimy underground and moved up to the ranks to be signed to Century Media Records, and having enjoyed their debut on wax, I was eager to review this new offering.
Opener “Black Death Communion” kind of tells me immediately that not much has changed since 2013’s Putrid Death Sorcery. This is still the same riff-based, chromatic death metal we already know. Vocally however, the lack of change is no problem. Vlad’s scorching voice is still reverb soaked and ghastly, much to my wicked delight. The conjurings that erupt from the man’s throat are enrapturing enough to drag innocent minds into the darkness! Some riffs take a more mid-paced feel, but it’s all very much the same evil that was heard two years ago.
And this is the record’s main fall-back. Sure, one album of unrepentant face-melting may have been entertaining, but to repeat this formula again is not. Instead, the LP begins to stagnate noticeably around the halfway mark. Despite this, signs of some progression can be found- rhythmically an melodically the trio seems to have gained greater sensibilities, and in-terms of song-writing the French daemons seem to be on their way to finding their feet. Furthermore, some respite can be found on the atmospheric “Infernal Imprecation”, albeit some rather hellish downtime indeed. Fans of Merciless, Marduk and especially Belphegor may enjoy the push in musical technicality, whilst old-schoolers will have little to grumble about Ilmar’s skin pounding and firey cymbal flares.
This Morbid Angel on amphetamine sound does have it’s charm, especially with the further incorporation of more blackened influences, there’s certainly some stuff to enjoy on this LP. However, the shallow depth of the band’s progression is rather disappointing, although the responsibility for this could lie on the short time gap between record one and record two .
Review by Jarod Lawley