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Nekrofilth: Worship Destruction
Crossover, Death Metal, Thrash Metal
Hell’s Headbangers
April 26th, 2011
Release length: 15:52
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Nekrofilth is a Cleveland, Ohio based act that formed back in 2008. The group incorporates a Death Metal sound with Crossover and Thrash. With two demos under their belt, the band had been picked up by Hell’s Headbangers Records to release their debut full-length effort, Worship Destruction. However, it isn’t quite what you would expect it to be. In fact, this is meerly just a vinyl reissue of the group’s 2008 self-titled demo recording. Given the underground nature of the band at this point, it’s pretty obvious that if you’re interested in this release for whatever reason, chances are good you’re eyeing it up for it’s vinyl-only pressing, even if you already have the cassette demo. So, for those who didn’t know about this band, is it worth going for the second chance to get in on the ground floor for this group?

Right off the bat, the recording quality of this release is pretty raw and feels kind of chunky, the best way to describe it. You can easily tell this was a self-financed band demo that tries to capture the aggression of the Crossover Thrash sound with a Punk attitude, though this doesn’t become so obvious until “Worship Destruction”, the second track into the recording. The vocals are a typical aggressive screaming style one might expect with a more Hardcore Punk sound then anything else, and come off more like a toned down and not as energetic version of the Punk band Amen. The old-school Crossover sound works out nicely, and the screaming fits that aggressive sound, but the muddied, chunky recording quality doesn’t really seem to work in the band’s favor, taking away some of the bite and leaving it to just sound a little more bland and amateurish then it should.

As far as the music goes, there’s clearly a strong mixture of old-school Thrash and Crossover with a strong Death Metal presence, but more along the lines of an earlier approach to the style, if there even is one. “Jerusalem Decay” doesn’t necessarily seem to have that influence in there, and instead comes off more a strong Thrash track in the vein of Slayer. The music sounds like it’s meant to be fast and heavy, perhaps even a little crushing too, but due to the muddied sound of the instruments and the loss of bite to them, the intensity and speed feels more like it’s been lost in the mix. While it’s still a good song, some of the tracks on here really seem to just go nowhere, and while they aren’t necessarily bad, they can easily become bland due to not really doing anything too special and the overall quality of the music. “Death Scum”, for example, really doesn’t do anything fresh, new, or even exciting to keep the listener interested, plus the song really feels like it’s just cut off at the end, as if the band just didn’t know how to finish it.

But, when you take everything into consideration, it’s really not as bad you would think, at least not on purpose. Sure the quality of the recording isn’t the greatest, and it’s clearly a self-financed project, but this roughly fifteen minute release was originally issued on cassette, and honestly this edition sounds like the source music was taken from the cassette, which would explain the rather rough raw quality of the recording. So, when you look at it from that stand point, some of it’s flaws become a little more tolerable, though some songs like “Get Fucked” and “Death Scum” just aren’t all that interesting now matter what. “Give Up On Life” is a good way to start the album, showing off a decent amount of energy, and following it up with the aggressive “Worship Destruction”, both feeling only held back by the quality of the release and the more young, amateurish vibe the music gives off. “Anguish” is a pretty solid song too and on par with the opening material of the album, heaving a good amount of energy and really just hammers away at the listener. “Full of Shit” features plenty of tempo changes with a classic Thrash vibe to it that is unmistakable and instantly catchy to the devout fan of the style, and actually seems to be where this recording picks up as the rest of the recording feels a little stronger, solid, and less amateurish in the long run, which is a little odd considering some of the faults that happened earlier in the recording like music that wasn’t too inspiring and vocals that kept going in and out from the vocalist clearly moving towards and away from the microphone in the studio.

In the end, the final quality of the recording is a little questionable, but if it genuinely is due to this being a transfer from their demo tape, it does kind of make sense. Even with that tought in place, for a nearly sixteen minute reissue of a demo recording, it’s not the worst you’ll hear, but it’s also not the best when it comes to mixing Death Metal and Thrash Metal of any form together. There’s some solid tracks on here, and some that just don’t deliver for one reason or another. It’s raw, it’s crusty, and it’s got a good amount of energy behind many of the songs. For a debut demo, it really isn’t too bad, and it makes for a nice insight to the band for any future products. It’s sad that this is simply a reissue of the band’s demo and not a newly recorded album given it’s released under a different name entirely, which really seems like it’s trying get the fans of the band who don’t pay close enough attention to purchase something they may already have. But, whatever the reason, it’s honestly worth checking out, just don’t walk in expecting something jaw droppingly fantastic and you should get a decent amount of spins with this release.

01. Give Up On Life – 2:36
02. Worship Destruction – 1:49
03. Get Fucked – 0:55
04. Jerusalem Decay – 1:13
05. Death Scum – 1:40
06. Throne of Sluts – 1:28
07. Anguish – 2:28
08. Full of Shit – 1:04
09. I Feel Nothing – 1:59
10. Fuck You – 0:36
Overall Score: 7/10

Digital review copy of this release provided by Hell’s Headbanger.