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Necrophobic: Death to All
Black Metal, Death Metal
Regain Records
May 29th, 2009
Release length: 44:45
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It’s been over twenty years at this point since Necrophobic formed and put out their first demo. Since then the band has issued practically one quality release after another with only a few exceptions that weren’t as well received by their fans as of late. However, their sixth studio full-length effort, Death to All, finds the band pulling themselves out of their slight rut and return to write solid Blackened Death Metal once again. This is great news for the fans of this band who have been craving another quality release since 2002’s Bloodhymns.

While Bloodhymns and Hrimthursum weren’t really bad full-length releases, they simply cannot compare to some of the band’s previous recordings, as well as this release. The music on here molds both the Black and Death Metal styles together so well that the music here sounds like it’s own new genre of metal. The band brings a very powerful and energetic performance to an album that is simply draped with a dark atmosphere that many Black Metal acts typically strive for, even as polished as this release really is. While “Celebration of the Goat” is a hard hitting track that welcomes the listener nicely, it’s the overall attitude on “Revelation 666” and it’s energy that will draw the listener into this album with it’s hard hitting Death metal style that are reminiscent of modern acts of that style such as Bloodbath.

But, while there’s that heavy Death influence to some of the songs, there are still plenty of tracks that retain much of the Black Metal style, such as the composition of guitar chords and even vocal approach, like on “For Those Who Stayed Satanic” and “Temple of Damnation” which really seem to bring in a more Black Metal anger with them then anything else. “Temple of Damnation”, however, seems to bring in a slightly symphonic aspect not through keyboards, but harmonized ritualistic singing in the background of the song that is very faint, though loud enough, as well as operatic enough, to be heard over the music. These vocals also appear during “The Tower”, about half way through the song, but are actually female as opposed to the male harmonized vocals in “Temple of Damnation”. These tracks really showcase the band’s ability to weld these two styles together nicely, and really makes up a good amount of the material found on this album with the only exception being that not all songs feature that background singing against the harsh, commanding vocals that mix traditional gutterals with a rhaspy shout that are commonly associated with Black Metal, especially as of late.

Every track on this album is a solid, hard hitting Metal song that has everything right working for them, from ambience to intensity. However, “Wings of Death” feels like the odd man out on this release. While it’s not a bad song or one that conflicts greatly with the music, it’s quite the opposite. This track is perhaps the best on here, and it’s mostly thanks to the presence it brings with it’s more traditional Black Metal sound, as well as how the guitars take this track into more epic-sounding levels then anything else on this release. Again, there are female operatic invocation-like vocals that were laid out on the two earlier tracks, but the chorus on this track is simply astounding and powerful with the vocal performance and way the guitars are played. This track practically makes the album, and pretty much acts as a conclusion track in some aspects, as if the entire album were a conceptual piece and each track seems to build upon one another one, with an exception being “Revelation 666” which has it’s own little commanding presence that kind of seperates it from the rest of the album, and the title track “Death to All” were the closing that brings in the fallout from the rest of the recording nicely.

There’s nothing negative that can be said about Death to All. This is a fabulous piece of metal, and a fine example of two great styles being mixed well together. There isn’t a single track on this release that isn’t great or stand out in it’s own way, and thanks to that fact and the overall atmosphere and intensity of the recording, there’s plenty of replay value left after the initial first spin. This is the release that fans have been waiting quite a long time for, and if you have yet to check this album out, then you simply must as Death to All by Necrophobic is a brilliant album that breathes a breath of fresh air into the metal world, and is simply a must own release for any metal fan in general.

01. Celebration of the Goat – 4:42
02. Revelation 666 – 6:54
03. La Santisima Muerte – 3:36
04. For Those Who Stayed Satanic – 4:57
05. Temple of Damnation – 5:55
06. The Tower – 4:45
07. Wings of Death – 5:12
08. Death to All – 8:44
Overall Score: 9/10


Digital review copy of this release provided by Regain Records via Earsplit PR.