Necromortis - _Burning Priest_
(Independent, 1998)
by: Adam Wasylyk (2 out of 10)
It's cool that bands are trying to put CDs out rather than demos, which I already have way too many of. Necromortis hope to give you a serious lesson on brutal death metal, but it turns out that it's just a slap on the back. Yes, this is brutal, but so what? It may be an unfair comparison, but fellow Quebecers Cryptopsy do a much better job at this sort of thing. Their music crushes you, both on record and in a live situation (which 1997 Milwaukee Metal Fest participants can attest to). But with Necromortis, their music doesn't reach out and grab you. It just sorta sits there and picks its nose. The bright spot on this recording? It would have to be the movie sound clip intro to "Occultherion" -- its horror sentiments could really set the tone --, but the aforementioned track degenerates into a death/grind mess. Brutal death metal purists may find Necromortis a haven from the tons of melodic death metal bands out now, but may I suggest Cryptopsy, Suffocation or even Montreal band Hidden Pride instead? And guys, thanking Hitler on the back of your CD ain't gonna get you any new friends!

Contact: Necromortis, 110 rue Gaspar Sud, app. 08

(article published 13/4/1998)


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