Necroexophilia – Intergalactic Armageddon (CDN Records)Friday, 13th April 2018
Can’t help but grin a little bit with a band titled Necroexophilia. Yet at the same time, it seems to be a perfect fit to their obvious slam-dedication. But it also begs the question, if you are in space, can anyone hear you slam? With the heaviness provided by Necroexophilia, the answer seems a probable yes.
Intergalactic Armageddon isn’t going to be an album that converts the naysayers. Everything that one either loves or hates about the genre is here and proudly on display. That includes the ‘90s classic tin can drum approach (which in turn dominates everything when they go into more grind-inspired territory), the gurgle-y, croak-y vocals, and thick & chunky guitar riffs. There’s some space ambience at times, given the band’s title and inspirations but for the most part this is pretty straight-ahead, by-the-book type slamming death metal. But let’s not overlook the important part – when Necroexophilia slows down, they know exactly how to channel the slamming portion of their sound into something quite massive and impressive. “Imploding Sphere of Mass Deformation” is a fine example of this, with some slams that will get all but the most reserved metalheads wanting to destroy the nearest object and bang their heads along. Ultimately, with a release like this, it’s the most important component, and it is one that is consistently done throughout.
While Intergalactic Armageddon is basically slam 101, it can bring the bludgeoning riffs with the best of them. While some of the genre’s annoyances are in full display (such as the dominating drum sound), it’s a solid pick-up for those who swear by this type of material.