Al Necro

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Provocateur/Connoisseur of all things dark and grisly. Freelance writer/published author addicted to metal of the highest order. Al Necro lives and writes in Manila, Philippines.

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Articles by Al Necro

Throne of Heresy – Decameron (Review + Exclusive Track Premiere)

Try Throne of Heresy’s quality effort rife with originality and musicianship, the sort that history lovers will appreciate. ‘Decameron’ suits the intelligent metal fan. For a change of pace, consider a retrospective on one of mankind’s darkest periods, and an album that attempts to tell the stories in the form of music fitting that darkness.

Vacivus – Temple of the Abyss

Vacivus does a good job on ‘Temple of the Abyss’. It is a good release to bring friends together for a fun listening session, and is excellent inspiration should a metal fan be in search of quality music to provide some backdrop to while busy brainstorming.

Merrimack – Omegaphilia

Merrimack’s latest album, ‘Omegaphilia’, is stoked in second wave-inspired frenzied tempos without the catchy song writing and simpler structure. I like it, but don’t love it.

Centuries of Decay – Centuries of Decay (Review + Exclusive Album Premiere)

The guys on Centuries of Decay put many ideas into the music, and their self-titled album should rival those of djent bands that put little credence into expanding the template. In other words, fans should give this a listen to judge for themselves. Calling them djent is presumptuous. On the other hand, praising them for the worthy effort is only done deservedly.

Entrails – World Inferno

Swedeath fans need to gather around and support the bands that keep this sub-genre alive. For the fans, by fans, Entrails’ World Inferno is quality Swedish death metal, without being either monumental, or disappointing. Die-hards will not intentionally miss a chance to hear a record so heavy, brutal and well-executed, but casual fans will notice the brutality and either find this too brutal or too genre-specific. Either way, Entrails should be proud of another welcome effort.

Interview with Necrot

Al Necro recently had a chat with Necrot about their album ‘Blood Offerings’, and he was stoked to hear that Necrot are just getting started releasing material.

Paganizer – Land of Weeping Souls

Solid song structure all throughout, ‘Land of Weeping Souls’ may not please too many jaded fans who are into more forward-thinking, progressive acts, but fans like me who will never admit to harboring a distaste for Swedish death metal will love this to bits.

Entrench – Through the Walls of Flesh

I’ve followed Entrench since their debut album ‘Inevitable Decay’ won me over, and I am pleased to say that the band’s latest album ‘Through the Walls of Flesh’ reignites my fondness for their material.

Uttertomb – Necrocentrism: The Necrocentrist

‘Necrocentrism’ reminds me of the band Set, and fans of that band will dispute said comparison because Set utilizes more traditional song structure than Uttertomb does. If you like the sound of volcanic ash sweeping through the plains and engulfing towns, burying the townsmen alive where they stand, you’ll like the wall of sound the band makes while blasting.

Abazagorath – Disciples of Sacrilege

‘Disciples of Sacrilege’ is easily Abazagorath’s best work, most intense, most nuanced and most complex.

Suffocation – …Of The Dark Light

Suffocation is clearly a beloved institution. They’ve never released a truly bad album, and with ‘…Of The Dark Light’, they sound like they’re getting even better.

Mind Mold – Mind Mold

Mind Mold plays psychedelic, atmospheric rung notes to slower tempos. Unique in style but difficult for some fans who like accessible music of any form to appreciate, Mind Mold present just the tip of the iceberg for the band and its fans so far.

Vlad from Necrowretch

Al Necro recently had a chat with guitarist/vocalist Vlad from French putrid death metal band Necrowretch about their plans and their latest album, ‘Satanic Slavery’.

Dying Fetus – Wrong One to Fuck With

2017 may be death metal’s resurgence in a hugely popular time for genre-bending acts. The first album to consider whether this notion is accurate, is Dying Fetus’ Wrong One to Fuck With. Give technical brutal death metal a chance.

Svartsyn – In Death

Not exactly artsy-fartsy, but sincere in aesthetic and performance, Svartsyn is recommended for an intelligent black metal audience that tires of second wave hackery.

Death of Kings – Kneel Before None

Death of Kings’ latest album, ‘Kneel Before None’, might get you as excited as an eighteen-year-old on a first date with the most popular girl in school without either’s parents around to spoil the fun.

The Watchers – Sabbath Highway

The Watchers play heavy stoner rock/Sabbath doom very well, especially on the first track Sabbath Highway. Five songs of stellar execution await Sabbath Highway’s anxious listener, and the band effectively audition for a label to keep putting out their records based on these five tracks of obvious quality.

Maim – Ornaments of Severity

Mankind proves far and away the closest to extreme and utter barbarism any jilted angel can profess to being guilty of, so if you love Swedeath and can’t get enough of it, check out Maim to hear how it’s done.

Gods Forsaken – In a Pitch Black Grave

Gods Forsaken’s ‘In a Pitch Black Grave’ has some moments when melody supercedes brutality, but that comes rarely. Mostly, this band loves to play up-tempo. They nail it on blast sections and d-beat, and vary up the song structure by adding mid-tempo and slow segments.

Necrot – Blood Offerings

Just know that even Bolt Thrower could pay homage to Necrot in the wake of the latter’s highly-substantive ‘Blood Offerings’ release. Bolt Thrower is largely untouchable up and down their impressive history of releases, and if Necrot just wanted to play music even remotely similar in quality to that of Bolt Thrower, they’ve just done it.

Dødsengel – Interequinox

Dødsengel doesn’t strike many as infallible in reputation, so support this band and spread the word on just how good they’ve become. They’ve always been an intriguing band, and ‘Interequinox’ should usher in more fans to hear their music.

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