Engorging the Devourmental Void

There’s something about Cannibal Corpse. It just doesn’t get old. Generations of bands have come and aped them the way they want. There are two eras of Cannibal Corpse worship as well – the Chris Barnes one and of course the Corpsegrinder one. Germany is most notorious where it comes to Cannibal Corpse-influenced bands, especially in the last decade, what with Harmony Dies, Gomorrha, Abrasive and heck, tons of such clouty bands from all over be it Defeated Sanity, Jack Slater or Spawn. It’s what gives that region its Death Metal sound although bands have taken them and gone in different ways.

Necrovile from Romania is no different. There’s a distinct Cannibal Corpse flavour rendered brutal in its own primitive style and extreme vision – the speed is immense, there’s a sprinkling of chugs and it’s a thrill ride. At the same time it’s somewhat slick in its execution despite the dense production, reminiscent of early Prostitute Disfigurement and Severe Torture but not as technically proficient as either. It lies somewhere in between, where it’s doing its bit, its own style of Brutal Death Metal with evolved but not cutting-edge Cannibal Corpse emulation.

The band Necrovile most reminds me of is Gomorrha circa ‘Sexual Perversity by Autopsy’ although the blood-tainted cover is reminiscent of the one following it ‘Body (P)Art’, both accomplished in their own right. It’s simultaneous, the evolution of sound from Cannibal Corpse roots, attained by infusing elements and speed levels of own. What I like about Necrovile is it provides variations and isn’t over-the-top with the blasting despite intense moments and provides a distinct riff pattern that’s always catchy and coherent. There’s no sickness for the sake of it, neither are there any shitty samples. It’s about the music, done in an extreme manner but it’s clear and clean and music-oriented as far as possible.

It’s easy to like this and certainly favourable over Brutal Death Metal bands that are trying to do a copy-paste job or clone some band that doesn’t need cloning. That’s like taking a band and dumbing it down further. It works slightly differently here, taking an era of Cannibal Corpse that’s close to ‘Butchered at Birth’ and pushing it forward, like many have done however, but doing it with flair and utter class.

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Written by Kunal Choksi
January 30th, 2014


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