Released: 2013, Century Media Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Some of you might recognize the death metal three-piece Necrowretch coming from France after proving themselves with their 2013 (January) debut Putrid Death Sorcery and having already established an underground cult status. Following the footsteps of bands, like Death, Obituary, Dismember and Nihilist, Necrowretch are straight forward when it comes to their music and are clearly not wasting their time. The 21st of October 2013 saw the release of Bestial Rites 2009-1012, which is a collection of the band’s early demos and E.P.’s presenting their attempts and showing what they’re all about in the first place.
“Putrefactive Infestation” makes a great opener sounding heavy and persuasive. What instantly stands out is Necrowretch old school and raw sound with reverbed black metal vocals making their music a lot more atmospheric.
Unlike their debut album Putrid Death Sorcery, Bestial Rites 2009-1012 includes multiple cover versions of songs by bands like Death, Merciless and Nihilist (pre-Entombed) clearly emphasizing their musical influences. All three cover versions on the album show Necrowretch ability to add their own signature touch to such classic tracks like “Zombie Ritual” by Death also showing great guitar work.
As the album develops, it is clear that Necrowretch are not trying present something that’s surprising or groundbreaking, however Bestial Rites 2009-2012 makes a solid and genuine record. The significant rawness that runs through the record is, possibly, the closest thing to early stuff from Death or Gorefest that you’ll get in 2013.
Apart from the shrieking Black Metal vocals and full-force death metal sound, Necrowretch music holds a lot of old-school heavy metal influences.
“Evil Dismay/Necrollections” is a track that instantly stands out with its doom and Black Sabbath-like riffs that follow. Allowing the guitar and drums to stand out,
“Evil Dismay/Necrollections” is a growing piece and definitely one of the most exciting and extensive songs on Bestial Rites 2009-2012.
Similarly to “Evil Dismay/Necrollections”, the following song “Unholy Stench Of Sin” starts off with slow paced and moody bass intro and evolves into a classic heavy metal piece with profound death metal elements.
Bestial Rites 2009-2012 album itself seems to gradually evolve, as songs tend get more exciting towards the end, not allowing you to switch off or skip a single song. However, the sound quality of Bestial Rites 2009-2012 recording is more than arguable at some points, there’s no denying that Necrowretch musicians are professionals with great ability to write technical songs that have captured a specific feel.
Bestial Rites 2009-2012 would not sound as exciting if it wasn’t about the well-considered song intros that manage to get the listeners attention and songs like “Called from the Grave” and “Evil Dismay/Necrollections” are great examples of just that.
Songs like “Sepulchral Pleading,” “Pure Hate” (Merciless cover) and “Impending Morbidity” demonstrate impressive drumming that hammers through the whole album and manages build up great intensity.
Necrowretch guitarist and vocalist Vlad demonstrates outstanding guitar work on tacks, like “A Rancid Spree,” “Regurgitated Remains” and “Rising from Purulence”. With added reverb effect, his vocals on Bestial Rites 2009-2012 are sounding hellishly atmospheric and demonstrate an impressive performance on songs like “Sadistic Expiation,” “From a Hideous Summoning” and “Repugnizer”.
There’s a great difference in production of Bestial Rites 2009-2012 and Putrid Death Sorcery albums, as the collection of their demos and E.P.’s sound a lot more primitive and represent everything that Putrid Death Metal, as a genre, is all about.
Fuelled with gore and raw aggression, Bestial Rites 2009-2012 makes a great addition to any underground death metal fan’s record collection and is highly recommended to fans of Nihilist/Entombed, Necrophobic, Carnage, Asphyx, Death, Grave, Dismember, Autopsy, Possessed, etc.
Bestial Rites 2009-2012 is out now via Century Media Records.
Tracks 1-4 taken from “Putrefactive Infestation” 12” MLP, originally released on Detest Records in 2011
Tracks 5-6 taken from the “Now You’re In Hell” 7” EP, originally released on Detest Records in 2012
Track 7 is a previously unreleased track recorded in 2012
Tracks 8-10 are taken from the “Necrollections” demo tape, released on Aural Offerings in 2010
Tracks 11-17 are taken from the “Rising From Purulence” demo tape, released on Adžove Vrbe Records in 2009
Review by Anna Dumpe