Monday, May 19, 2008
Necrodeath - 1987 - Into the Macabre
This album is enough to make Necrodeath my favorite band to ever come out of Italy, which is really saying a lot considering the huge amount of great releases that have come from that country.
This is great black/thrash/proto-death metal and is sort of a mixture of Tormentor's Anno Domini, Sodom's In the Sign of Evil and Sodom's Obsessed by Cruelty, with traces of Possessed's Seven Churches. Despite these similarities, it still really has a unique sound of its own.
The production is relatively thin which is very fitting and gives an eerie, occult feel to the album. The overall sound is drenched in reverb (especially those drum toms!), and each instrument is very clear in the mix. The music is full of thrashy black metal and proto-death riffs, bestial drumming and blasphemous vocals, which are done perfectly.
This album is truly a masterpiece and is an important milestone in the history of Italian extreme metal. It's essential. Download it.