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Necrowretch - Even Death May Die

by Matt Hensch

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Brief sampler of Necrowretch's "With Serpents Scourge" in the form of a two-song EP. From France this Necrowretch hails, a vile band whose brand of death metal strikes up similarities to old Death, Grotesque, Autopsy, other acts of sickness. I've never had the privilege to experience the group's "Putrid Death Sorcery" album, but I'm told it's a brutal little beast. "Even Death May Die," just seven minutes in length, holds one original number (the title track) and a cool cover of Slayer's "Black Magic" (an understandable tribute to the late Jeff Hanneman), both utterly disgusting. Like crawling through endless swamps of entrails and grime; it's squishy and vile, plus the smell is unbearable.

The title song is exactly how one would picture ultra-primitive death metal in the vein of the aforementioned groups. Chaotic tremolo riffs and sickening barfs surround the nonstop onslaught of untidy blast beats and fills la Chris Reifert's Autopsy poundings. Sound quality is askew and meaty, bringing out a constant storm of malevolence while lyrical hurling of Lovecraftian lore yelps over the mess of gore. The cover of "Black Magic" is mostly loyal to the original, save for blast beats applied to certain parts and the nonstop retching on the vocal end. "Black Magic" is an excellent track; it's hard to screw up a classic. Got to give Necrowretch a hand for making one of the most evil songs ever sound somewhat unique under their interpretation.

"Even Death May Die" is a spoonful of grotesque death metal, no other way to put it. It gives foresight to a new moon, and if the aeon is strange enough, even . . . well, you know.

Necrowretch - Even Death May Die
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