Necrowretch – The Ones from Hell

French Death/Black group Necrowretch return for their fourth full length that attempts to break out of the limited confines that have defined them for the entirety of their twelve year existence. Though there is valour in trying fix one’s errors no matter how late. Necrowretch strive to do this in the worst way possible.

Riffs oscillate between standard standard Death and Black metal tropes while short melodies float on top for the most part. While the riffs do form the main backbone of the songs here, they aren’t the main attraction. That honour is given to the many tricks that stand out on each song. Flashy solos, extended acoustic guitar segments, unconventional vocals are the distinguishing factors. This is reminiscent of what Absu did on their eponymous album but without the instrumental flair or Proscriptor’s dogmatic madness. These defining passages are easily cast aside due to the actual lack of substance surrounding them. Only “The Ones from Hell” has an actual attempt at a riff that almost works but falls to the level of the other tricks as there is nothing around to support it.

The flow of the songs is viscous as the band make every transition heard. There is no transition between riffs that isn’t explicitly stated without a sudden change of tempo or a break that is held in together by a mundane melody. The riffs in themselves revolve around two note motifs that are injected in the ideas of better bands resulting in very stale riffs that don’t convey anything more than background noise. “Lucferian Sovranty” has a two note pattern that relies on the vibrato trick that Inquisition popularized which shows how boring this album is in general.

While there is nothing of value in this record, it serves as a reminder that a few cheap illusions won’t work if the rest of the music is already disillusioning. Bands like Blood Incantation and Wilderun have built their fanbases not on gimmicks but on a combination of tricks in otherwise unremarkable songs and this method of composing is now trickling down to other bands in the fundeground. Gone are the obvious gimmicks related to lyrical themes, appearance or caricatural compositional elements. This decade marks the birth of bands playing familiar sounds but with the occasional maneuver to convince the listener that there is more to the music than there really is.

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15 thoughts on “Necrowretch – The Ones from Hell

  1. D.A.R.G. says:

    Punch in the gut to the funderground.
    Excellent and very relevant points made, especially in the last paragraph where you generalize.

    1. I learned from the best!

    2. Was Beethoven really a Mexican or is this just a rumor? He looks swarthy in some paintings

      1. El Negro says:

        He was an immigrant from a sub-Saharan family. He is painted with European features, though a bit darkened, to Europeanize him and steal the glory of the blacks.

  2. Land of Congenital Autism says:

    Metal is a just a better version of rock music, and nothing more. Having decent standards is important in any artform, but this site way overdoes it. You assclowns build hilarious pseudo-religious and “academic” philosophies around a form of music that involves a bunch of guys screaming in the forest as it were. You look worse than gaytarded when doing so.

    There’s a lot of crap music out there (wow really??) now that making music has never been easier, but so it is with every other genre, except metal seem to be just a bit more snowflakey about it (or maybe it’s just this site). Besides, half of the “golden era” metal is overrated as fuck, especially Burzum and Slayer.

    Reminds me of the newer Batman movies where they were trying to portray a guy in a fucking bat-suit as overly serious, political and dramatic – as opposed to the more appropriately tongue-in-cheek Tim Burton adaptations that were better. Yeah I prefer the “funderground” over this retarded fake ass elitism.

    This is why you Brettards will never ascend to anything higher than a nerdy rock music blog that no one gives a shit about. Mush on fools!

    All Hail Brett Stevens – King ov Relevance 2020!

    1. Johnny_cab says:

      A lot of “I” and “you” being thrown about yet no sense of authority whatsoever.

      DMU/ANUS has been around for a long time. If it makes you feel better, there are dozens of flash-in-the-pan blogs that have followed behind long-standing sites like DMU and Voices From The Darkside. They have a lot of synonyms for “dark”, “scary” and “heavy,” with no actual dissection of the music whatsoever. You’ll love it.

    2. the left is the truth says:

      “Besides, half of the “golden era” metal is overrated as fuck, especially Burzum and Slayer.” You were starting to make a point, but then you uttered this pedophilia. Make like Chester Bennington and kill yourself.

      1. \m/@ says:

        Slayer IS overrated. don’t believe me? go see em live. I saw Lamb of God open for them last year and they were much better then Slayer. Guitars sounded better, louder, warmer, more crisp, the audience engagement and energy was a lot better. pits were equal or better. also dont forget Slayer made a Nu-metal album once. I don’t get the obsession these hessians have with Slayer, like they were the first and last greatest thrash band. I think it has a lot to do with their nostalgia for the early 80s(when they were still young) and certain hard “rules” for metal: you have to be a hesher with a vest/patches, long hair, ripped up jeans, shout “Slayer” at every other bands show, no matter how much metal evolves Slayer is always number one, etc etc. no their not. pay $200 plus to go see them live up close on their so called “final tour” and then talk to me. they’re average at best but your caught in the hype of popular opinion. after the show I had two middle aged old school Slayer guys ask me who Lamb of God were. they were both like “omg I cant believe i never heard of these guys. they were amazing. I would’ve been happy tonight just seeing them as the final set!”. that should tell you something too.

        1. Shame that Lamb of God never released a good album. Slayer are old and useless at this point so if LoG played better, it’s not surprising. Comparing Slayer’s best output to LoG’s best will show which band is infinitely better. It’s not about nostalgia, it’s about quality and Slayer at the best made LoG look like the children that they are. listen to the first 4 Slayer albums and you will see.

        2. Gardens of Queef says:

          Bud, you have got to be 4-D trolling here… your proof that Lamb of God is better:
          “Guitars sounded better, louder, warmer, more crisp,
          the audience engagement and energy was a lot better.
          pits were equal or better.
          also dont forget Slayer made a Nu-metal album once.”

          In case you were serious, those points are all external to Slayer’s compositions.
          And you’re potentially comparing a 35 year old band to that band at years 1-8.

          You have got to be joking.

        3. bloodypulp says:

          lol u went to slayers farewelll tour fucking fag

    3. Ship leftists to Ecuador says:

      To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to understand Brett Stevens.

  3. saywhaaaaaa says:

    This site needs more Vomitory talk.

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  4. this spank Zach thrusta says:

    No reason to review an album with this cover art except to service dopamine when you should service my cock instead

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