El Dia De La Bestia by NecromorbidRelease date: November 6, 2016
Label: Caligari Records
Blast and stop? Then, blasting almost end to end? Where do we begin to start describing just how intense Necromorbid sounds like? Caligari Records is issuing their latest tape trader’s gem, the album entitled El Dia De La Bestia, for fans of war, black/death metal on analog. The band Necromorbid hails from Italy, an unlikely residence for a black/death metal band similar to Impiety. When the tremolo riffs break down, the insane downpicks slow it down a notch. This is intense, brutal, always uptempo extreme metal, and Caligari Records was wise to release this earth-shattering, ear-splintering recording. Advice for the leary: Get the fuck out of the way!
Literally written to move the moshpit, Necromorbid’s El Dia De La Bestia is black/death metal with the intent to destroy everything in its vicinity. The vocals are raspy, closer to black metal majesty, and the guitar strings are abused enough to warrant a jail sentence for battery. Necromorbid rarely slows down, but when the band does, the vocals get deeper, closer to unintelligible grunting. The mix of styles is effective, and the blast sections are proliferate. There’s nary a chugga-chugga or breakdown section. Lasting an impressive twenty-plus minutes, the record flies by in a herculean stomping of blastbeats, downpicks, tremolo riffs and quality vocal arrangements.
Guitar squeals would have added another dimension to the songs, and the band never slows down to solo. The strongest appeal of this record is its inexhaustible energy. The band stays locked in, no matter how fast the riffs and beats go. The bass backs everything up nicely. The screams come in during sections when the band goes all out, and there is no shortage of armageddon unleashed during those moments. Hell tearing lose upon an army of heaven’s angels, El Dia De La Bestia ends the intense violence with a ritual scourging of saints and church sentinels. Fortunately, the ambient section is kept short so as not to discourage fans who feel disdain for ambient music. But even as I found the church organ outro decent, fans could argue about its importance. Luckily, it lasts less than two minutes and it gives the record much-needed nuance. Had the record begun and ended on a blast section, followed by sections with little variety in tempo and instrumentation, the record would have felt one-dimensional.
You can’t ask for more brutality from the band after launching into orbit on a face-ripping blast section ending all doubts about the band’s intentions. Necromorbid attempts a homage to musical accompaniment fitting for a Black Mass. With the garrison of fallen angels opened and the fallen angels freed from their restraints, heaven is torn asunder in a sky turned bloody crimson, corpses of cherubim lining the earth for miles and miles.
With cover art that is impressive, Caligari Records has released another solid album to refute mainstream factions of contemporary music. Not for casual fans of metal, closer in style and sound to war, black/death, bestial metal of high caliber, Necromorbid sounds the horn to gather the underground minion in preparation for armageddon. All shall fall before Necromorbid.