The Collapse of the Human Race by NecrobloodRelease date: March 31, 2017
Label: Amor Fati Productions
France’s Necroblood has Amor Fati Productions joining forces with Iron Bonehead Productions to release their highly-anticipated debut album, The Collapse of the Human Race. Their death metal sound has slight nuances in underground black metal, and France has a rich black metal tradition, while death metal from France gets widely-overlooked due to the former genre’s immense popularity. However, the guttural growls and severely-downtuned riffs that make up Necroblood’s sound reveals a band at the height of its creative prowess. Song dynamics and catchy riffery both advance the material beyond mere competence. Fans of analog format will love the band’s issue in vinyl, and such format is highly recommended for fans of this type of underground death metal.
In digital, everything is clear enough for fans not to strain their ears detecting the drums. The bass lines are fat enough to add meat to the guitars. The guttural vocals stay locked in the lower registers. The periodic introduction of spoken word samples are tastefully included to the grinning joy of metallers with a dark sense of humor. The Collapse of the Human Race is a splatter of quality underground death metal for long-time fans of the genre and neophytes to death metal in general.
Sounding like a cross between old-school Nile and old-school death metal the likes of Morbid Angel, Necroblood’s The Collapse of the Human Race either sees the band exploring blast sections for a death metal juggernaut, or finds them locking down mid-tempo black metal groove, using downtuned three-chord riffs to complement the aforementioned 4/4 time signature sections. Fans of more popular death metal bands will liken some of the approach Necroblood uses to that of Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka and Black Seeds of Vengeance-period Nile. Dark and archaic, the vocals render the lyrics an unintelligible quality that is best deciphered with a print-out of the band’s lyric sheet, and the guitars never so much as move up the fretboard on the lower strings and instead stay locked on the sixth and fifth strings of the guitar.
The drums suitably keep time without sounding overtly technical, and the riffs don’t sound like there was a pronounced attempt by the band at infusing technically-advanced play either. While the band plays quality death metal with suffocating atmosphere, the experience of hearing this album is resoundingly familiar to fans of ancient death metal who wish to hear a band do this style well, if not exceed their expectations of the sub-genre. Necroblood is on an exciting path with its career trajectory thus far, as this is only the band’s debut album, showing remarkable potential for any future releases going forward. The Collapse of the Human Race may not be incendiary or genre-defining in the very least, but the quality death metal on this record is enough to generate some interest from fans of ancient death metal in general. I doubt if Necroblood will devolve into an arpeggio-obssessed technical death metal band not worth its salt, so try this record if this review piques your interest. There are hordes of death metal bands gracing the pages of print magazines like Decibel and Terrorizer, but few bands can summon ritual worship and musicianship in an attempt to pay fitting tribute to this style like Necroblood easily can, so reluctant fans can either dismiss their skepticism with a listen to this, or remain miserably-ignorant of good death metal in favor of the sort made popular by bigger bands.