Asphyx - Necroceros review


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Band: Asphyx
Album: Necroceros
Release date: January 2021

01. The Sole Cure Is Death
02. Molten Black Earth
03. Mount Skull
04. Knights Templar Stand
05. Three Years Of Famine
06. Botox Implosion
07. In Blazing Oceans
08. The Nameless Elite
09. Yield Or Die
10. Necroceros

Is it too early to talk about AOTY contenders?

Asphyx are a band remarkably short of plaudits given how consistent they have been throughout their career, always serving up good-to-great records but never managing to increase their profile the way their output would support. Necroceros yet again sees the band deliver in spades and reward fans who have waited five years for some new recorded output.

Necroceros follows in the path of the band's prior work, the same heedy mix of death/doom making for yet more great tracks and songs to scare your unsuspecting friends with. Nearing their twenty-fifth year active, time has not been a constraint or hinderance for the band and they produce a record with as much hunger and passion as many bands younger than them. The ten tracks that comprise Necroceros serve to highlight the different and diverse flavours the band have made their own; from the take no prisoners death metal assault of tracks like "The Sole Cure Is Death" to the mid-paced but no less hard-hitting "Yield Or Die" and lumbering leviathans such as the title track, Asphyx have encapsulated it all in one record for fans. The common thread between all of these tracks is the lavishing's of death metal guitars from Baayens, who gives each track a cutting guitar attack of its own.

If Martin van Drunen isn't a contender for the title of best metal vocalist then clearly something is wrong with the world. His distinct hoarse roar compliments the chaos created by the rest of the band; sitting just to the side of the music in the mix, his vocals are clear and do not limit or distract from the amazing barrage of riffs and passages the rest of the band throw out with apparent ease. Tracks like "Molten Black Earth" and "In Blazing Oceans" see perfect musical mutualism for the benefit of the listener.

Speaking of the mix, the production on Necroceros is spot on; everything is crisp and pushed to the fore of the speakers to the point you think the music is going to burst through, leaving you captivated and on the edge of your feet awaiting that moment to occur. While this issue of pushing everything up in the mix usually ends in a muddy mess as each instrument overlaps the other, care has been taken to keep them separated but connected such that the band occupy every bit of space but do not stand on each other's feet. The bass fills the void of only having one guitarist perfectly and creates a floor that raises everyone else up; though it has no stand out moments of its own, it is used well throughout tracks like "Three Years Famine".

Asphyx do double down on giving fans what they want, and this does have a drawback for those who are not fans of what they offer; if you were not a fan of their brand of death metal before then Necroceros will unlikely be enough to convince you to change your mind. With that said, for those who are unaware or have only just gotten into the band, this record should get you off of the fence and running full speed into the pit as the band start up "Botox Implosion".

Asphyx blow away the January blues with hurricane force and ensure 2021 gets off on a hell of a strong foot (musically anyway, any news when we can go outside again?) and plants its footprint on the top spot already, raising the bar for those who come afterwards to try and knock it off of its perch. Necroceros may not convince those who have already turned the band down, but more fool them.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 9
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 8
Production: 9


Written on 31.01.2021 by Just because I don't care doesn't mean I'm not listening.


Comments: 6   Visited by: 160 users
01.02.2021 - 01:23
You are so right, this album is very good
"Whoever fights mosters,should see to it that
In the process he does not become a monster
And when you look long into the abyss, the abyss also looks into you."

-Frederik Wilhelm Nietzche

Open your eyes, metalstormer
01.02.2021 - 10:30
Awesome review! And no it's not too early to talk about AOTY contenders. sometimes you just get that AOTY feeling
Heavy Metal is the law that keeps us all united free
A law that shatters earth and hell
01.02.2021 - 15:08
The live stream was so good ! and yeah for now this album is easily my number one ...but I think this year will be a great year for metal.
01.02.2021 - 17:32
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Written by KaninStryparn on 01.02.2021 at 10:30

Awesome review! And no it's not too early to talk about AOTY contenders. sometimes you just get that AOTY feeling

What is SOTY?

Good band, old school dm where music, guitar does the talking, not double bass and vocal grooves. Here its melodies, good piece, doom lovers can also like it
Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
01.02.2021 - 19:41
Written by Bad English on 01.02.2021 at 17:32

What is SOTY?

AOTY = Album Of The Year
Jusqu'ici, tout va bien...

2021 goodies
01.02.2021 - 20:33
Sentenced Odiin
Great review! I will also write mine for the Hungarian webzine I write for sometimes. Asphyx never had a bad album, for me it is the embodiment of death metal - the Netherlandish way, with the more is less principle.
Life has given me much, maybe taken more...

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