Necrovation + S/T

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Posted 17 September 2012   Music Reviews

In the short time since it tore it’s way out of the heart of darkness and into the light of day, much has been said about this eponymous release by Sweden’s Necrovation.  I won’t argue that the attention isn’t well deserved but be warned:  It isn’t the sort of thing that I’d expect will blow anyone away on the very first listen.  That’s not to say that it isn’t without it’s charms, however.  Gazing deeper into the abyss, it’s difficult to turn away.

To put things into historical perspective, this is the second full-legnth release for Necrovation.  It’s a strong step forward from their previous LP, Breed Deadness Blood, and it continues to build on the sound and momentum of their more recent EP titled Gloria Morti.  The band continue to reach beyond their roots and the typical “swedeath” sound into a more confident and eclectic manifestation of their abilities.

Rather than challenging the listener with sheer, unrelenting brutality or mind-searing technical complexity, this is death metal that sticks to your ribs and burns with a sort of nostalgic familiarity.  I don’t mean to imply that this is any sort of simple-minded “throwback” record.  Necrovation have the knack for writing songs that make the most of their influences without losing their own identity.  Looking beyond that, one of the album’s greatest strengths is that it turns away from a purist take on death metal, blending of different stylistic elements of thrash and “blackened” metal.

With all of that said, Necrovation is death metal.  It goes without saying that strong vocal performances one of the cornerstones of the genre and it’s certainly the album’s greatest strengths.  Vocals and guitars are handled by Seb who deals out a killer performance and is also assisted in the mix by a thoroughly kick-ass recording.  There is a coarse, smoky quality to the vocal treatment that is one of the highlights of the album.

Fredrick Almström shares the duties on guitar and on the guys do a fine job of it on the whole.  Although there are plenty of incendiary leads and solos over the course of the album, overall, the playing tends to serve the song rather than the other way around.  Likewise, the rhythm section of Anton (bass) and Bünger (drums) does a respectable job as well.  While nobody is likely to confuse Bünger’s playing with that of his fellow countryman and rhythmic mastermind, Tomas Haake, the drums stand out as another high point for the album, generally speaking.   To be blunt about it, Necrovation is less about technical proficiency and more about the overall listening experience.

Personal favourites include “Necrovorous Insurrection” and “Pulse of Towering Madness”.

Hhighly recommended.

— TBR

 

Rating 4.0 / 5

 

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