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  • Audio CD (25 Oct. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Relapse
  • ASIN: B000AU1KAY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,822,488 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Format: Audio CD
I approached Necrophagist with some caution, as the review I had read for Epitaph had given the impression that this was a bunch of soulless virtuoso muso guitar-twiddling rather than a collection of decent songs, but though the muso trappings are apparent ('Diminished to B'?!?) give this record a few spins and you'll find a whole host of catchy riffs have wormed their way into your brain. Necrophagist are fearsomely proficient musicians - particularly the guitarists and bassist - in fact I would go to say this is the most technically proficient death metal band I have ever heard (including Cryptopsy), but for all the dazzling arpeggios and sweeps they know the power of a good solid riff, and for the most part stay well clear of any muso fret-wanking. They also evidently have a sense of humour, as witnessed by the sudden drop into Great Kat-style classical metal at the end of Only Ash Remains. The arrangements of the songs are relatively complex, but don't descend into completely chaotic math-rock territory, and overall the band sounds very much like a collision between Symbolic-era Death and Steve Vai. If there is a weak link here it's the vocals - guitarist Muhammed's vocals are eminently serviceable, but as one-tone bog-standard cookie-monster death metal vocals they sound somewhat average compared to the dazzling nature of the music. Still, easily a five star release, and one of the best death metal releases of 2004 - if the future vocals can match the music Necrophagist will be very big indeed.
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Epitaph is simply brilliant.
I had heard of Necrophagist, but never really given them much of a listen until I was introduced to them via a website that plays free music (Named after a woman who owned a box that contained chaos and hell...) and I was just blown away by `Only Ash Remains'. I had to have the album that came off of !!!
The first thing that jumps out at you is the stunning guitar work. It's just dazzling. Reminding me heavily of late era `Death' in its virtuosity. I am a death metal fan through and through, and this kind of superb melody has always had a big effect on me. I love the brutal blasts and shredding riffs, and obviously the belching vocals, harmoniously played against the classical style leads that just abound on this record.
`Seven' is a track that leads in with some great mid paced music, broken up with tempo changes, some guttural vocals and a nice bass twang. This track more than the rest for me reminds me of Death and Cynic. The band do have their own sound, so don't be alarmed that you'll just be purchasing a Schuldiner copy, you won't.
Through out this record there is a real sense of musical prowess, but it never gets on top of the main sound. If you like technical death metal you'll love this !! If you just love plain old brutal/ fast death metal you shouldn't be too disappointed either.
Don't be put off by the song titles either. I am suspecting that the band members have a nice sense of humour, and after all in today's mainstream of death metal, how do you expect to sell a record unless it has an opening track entitled "Stabwound" on it huh?
This album is all about the fantastic music contained within it. For fans of Cryptopsy, Nile, Decapitated and Vital Remains' 'Dechristianise' album, as the great melody is very similar to the 'Suzuki widdling' on that fine record.
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This is technical Death metal at it's best, The guitar playing is just astounding, The vocals are pretty standard death metal but the musicanship on offer is incrediable, The drumming is fast and precise, the bass playing is very good, and the guitars, well as a guitarist the leads on this album are mind blowing, not your standard death metal at all, these guys take more influence from players Like Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Paul gilbert, they have a melodic, Neo-classical style of shredding, with heavy use of sweep picking. As a band they change tempo and change time signature with great ease and at great speed. This album is really all about the guitar playing and should be heard buy all that enjoy listening really good guitar work.
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Necrophagist have come from seemingly out of nowhere to release one of the finest technical Death Metal albums ever to be heard. The German four-piece are basically the brainchild of mainman guitarist/vocallist Muhammed Suicmez, but the other members all perform their roles to a magnificently high standard anyway. This is not a band who's primary concern is blasting away with the most brutal sound they can make, they are all highly skilled musicians and in Suicmez they have probably the finest Death Metal composer since the late Chuck Schuldiner. For those Death Metal afficionados who aren't familiar with the band, they aren't exactly the easiest to describe. Possibly the best description would be to compare them to Technical Death legends Atheist, as their styles are not a million miles apart, though in terms of ferocity and sheer brutality, Necrophagist are in a different league entirely. Whilst the heaviness and intensity doesn't seem to be the be all and end all of their sound, unlike some other Death Metal outfits, they are still a massively heavy and intense band. When this is mated to Muhammed Suicmez's full range of guitar arpeggios, sweeps and other techniques more befitting a Dream Theater record than a brutal Death Metal one, it produces a sound and feel that is absolutely superb, not to mention almost unique. Fans of Technical DM bands such as Death, Theory In Practice, Cynic, Gorguts or the aforementioned Atheist will lap this up. Along with Decapitated's astonishing 'The Negation', 'Epitaph' is the Death Metal album of the year so far.
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