Released: 2008, Blood Harvest
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
I have heard/written it many times before, but sometimes the Swedish can indeed do it better...We are of course talking about some classic death metal here, early Swedish old school death metal to be more precise.
Still remember the times when bands like Nihilist/Entombed, Dismember, Grave, Unleashed, Treblinka, Grotesque and such Swedish forces of death ruled pretty much the whole European underground scene back in late ´80s and early ´90s? I´m sure you do - I mean, if you were old enough and got seriously involved with that scene at that time. Those marvelous times will never come back (which is kind of sad), but at least a tiny bunch of metal heads try to imitate the bands from those times the best they can. Imitation is the best form of flattery - of course, and when done well enough, it´s even the best way to get your heads turned toward something ´special´.
The death merchants Necrovation from Kristianstad, Sweden, are true suckers for the old-school death metal sound. The band has managed to capture some of the best musical elements of such past death metal troops as Nihilist/early Entombed, early Grave, Autopsy (the SEVERED era) - even some Demilich, with probably hints from other early Swedish death metal bands that crawled out from their dusty and dark cellars during late eighties and early nineties. Necrovation sounds a real badass act, throwing a listener mercilessly (but so sweetly and pleasingly) back in time to that golden era of ´90s Swedish death metal; back to those times when every band still sounded fresh, appealing and somehow innovative in their own genre. There´s nothing fake, or false in Necrovation´s heavy and crisp death metal approach - quite the contrary actually. These days, on the rare occasion that a band like Necrovation crosses your way, you don´t want to miss the opportunity of sinking your teeth deeply into the flesh of it.
Seb (vocals and guitars in the band) sounds very convincing with his evil death grunts; his vocal tone is a bit like Chris Reifert´s (Autopsy) - and on one hand, some other honest references can be made toward those legendary Californian gore-meisters´ direction musically. Check out "Dead Faith's Purulence" for example, and you´ll notice similarities to Autopsy´s stuff right away. Otherwise, you can tell - based on their sound from the early ´90s, they come clearly from Sweden, having this special, sort of trademark-ish Swedish distorted and chainsaw-like "Sunlight" sound.
Along with some of the recent Swe-DM bands - like Kaamos, Insision, Repugnant, Nominon and Verminous, Necrovation are a very nice addition to the same list in the old style. If you happen to like that old style, I´m sure you don´t want to miss Necrovation either. Damn cool old-school Swedish ´döds metall´ is what you are about to get. So get it!