Apocalyptic Necromancy (Dark Descent Records)
GOREAPHOBIA is back with their highly anticipated second post-hiatus record and it is a killer. Long time Killadelphia underground stalwarts, the band pillaged and rampaged the entire east coast on the strength of some tape trades and demos for years back in the late 1980′s and 90s. An old junior college friend of mine had the Omen of Masochism cassette single back in the day and I recall being just mind-jobbed by hearing it. My ears were a little too unsophisticated back then for true death music and the band broke up and went in to exile for fifteen long years. Coming back strong a few years ago with Mortal Repulsion (Ibex moon), I thought their debut full-length was solid and it was cool that they received the notoriety they long deserved. Now they have more than upped the ante on Apocalyptic Necromancy and I have to say the growth is noticeable. They are ready to unleash some sonic hell on people and I’m not even sure the old-school heads will be ready for what they are about to hear.
Raw and uncompromising right out of the starting blocks, this record is going to be a treat for fans and converts alike. The title track is first with its veritable tornado of riffs and drums. Alternating classic death styles shift and tug at the soul with ghastly vocal screams. There is a level of technical excellence heard under the din and the sound quality is produced, but definitely not too modern or overdone. There are great overtones of gloom and doom in the song created by some super textural guitar parts, tempo changes and hellish guitar solos. “Xurroth Reeth N’ves Helm” lifts off like a death metal IRON MAIDEN, complete with galloping riffs and thunderous drumming. If Satan was a WWE wrestler, this would be his entrance music! Bassist/front man Chris Gamble (BLOODSTORM/ABSU) sounds amazing on vocals with his gnarly, sneering scream. The entire band sounds really hot on the track with thrashy guitars and punishing bass lines too. The amazing ending guitar solo just got me right in the gut it was so good. Back to the grinding funeral march beats for “The Attractor” the band veers back and forth all record long from the true sound of gory days gone by while still tipping their cap to other types of metal. Another slick solo also marks this track as a can’t miss. The guitar team of mainstay Alex Bouks (INCANTATION/MASTER) and the more recent (like a few years ago) addition of VJS (KULT UV AZAZEL/NIGHTBRINGER) have made this the best lineup of the band ever. Another top track is “Void of the Larva Queen” which is a bit more technical and sounds like SUFFOCATION, MALEVOLENT CREATION or the slower stuff by OBITUARY. Drummer Jim Roe (INCANTATION) is just a beast here with his amazing poly-rhythmic style and fabulous footwork. “Void….” is perhaps the best and most gruesome cut on the entire album. “Shroud of Hyena” has a real doom feel to it with Gamble’s distorted bass lines and sick vocals adding a lot of character. The mid-song breakdown has a bit of kult black metal feeling to it too for good measure. Back up to light-speed, “Footpaths in the Vortex of Doom” is a masterpiece of evil music with complex progressions and rhythms. Other top tracks are “Darkstar Dementia”, “Igigi Reactor”, “Sigil on Death’s Hand” and the near atmospheric goth (death goth?) epic “White Wind Spectre”. This is a deep album from top to bottom of quality songs and great performances from all.
"Why yes! I'd love to meet your parents! And then kill them in the name of Satan"
by Keith (Keefy) Chachkes