January 26, 2013

Filthy Music Review - 'Necrowretch: Putrid Death Sorcery'

Necrowretch – Putrid Death Sorcery (2013)

Century Media

Review by Jude Felton

Death Metal came into my life back in the late 80s by the way of Slayer and Possessed. It was a natural progression with bands like Death, Obituary and the like paving the way. Since then the music has changed, evolved and pushed the boundaries in many different directions, but it’s always good to hear bands that remain true to that old school Death Metal vibe.

One such band is Necrowretch, a French band consisting of Vlad and Amphycion, who are intent on blasting brutal Death Metal for all to hear. Their debut album, Putrid Death Sorcery, is 35 minutes of unrelenting savagery that delivers 11 tracks that are designed to slay.

Musically, although it has a traditional Death Metal sound, also incorporates an almost Black Metal feel to it at times, with Vlad’s vocal being screamed forth with incredible venom. The opening track, Ripping Souls of Sinners, sets the stall perfectly, delivering a memorable yet brutally hostile 2 ½ minutes. This is continued throughout the album, which includes tracks such as Impious Plague in Catacombs and Soiled into a Crypt, this is sick and evil music, and quite a joy to listen to.

The production is spot on, allowing the music to spew forth clearly, without sounding at all muddy, with each instrument having its own identity. This is definitely one Hell of a debut album and bodes incredibly well for the future. Stick this in your cd player, or wherever you play your tunes, and play loudly, very loudly, because Necrowretch want to rip your ears off.

Putrid Death Sorcery is released by Century Media on January 28th, in Europe, and February 5th in North America, and can be purchased here.

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