The cover sticker on this re-released CD of Necrophagist's debut album calls Onset of Putrefaction "One of the greatest technical death metal albums..." - finally, some truth in advertising! This is an absolutely mind-blowing, blisteringly fast technical death metal album, with really only Cryptopsy being the only other band I have heard who do material this complex yet extreme. Impressively, this is a virtual one-man band, and Muhammed Suicmez manages to produce riffs that are not only insanely fast (imagine Steve Vai playing death metal) but which are also extremely catchy. This re-released version of the album also benefits from the addition of new drum tracks, and 2 bonus tracks from Necrophagist's early demo (and even these sound great). The only slight negative comments regarding this album is that Muhammed's vocals are decent but very generic 'cookie-monster'-style death metal grunts, and unlike their follow-up album Epitaph the lyrics are bog-standard death metal hack and slash ("Fermented Offal Discharge" being a typical song title), but even with these proviso's the music here is so intense that I couldn't possibly give this less than full marks. A stunning album - if you like fast and furious death metal this release is simply essential.
This is Necrophagist's debut album. Well, actually its Muhammed Suicmez's debut album, as the one man maestro did all the guitars, bass, drum programming and loops, plus the vocals you'll hear on this album. And what a job he's done. Ok, so the song titles are straight out of a Carcass 101 text book, but whats in a name eh? And to be fair, the lyrics are the last thing you should be listening to on this jaw dropping first offering from this German black magician. The guitar playing is defining of a genre. You won't hear much better unless you go to a Nile album perhaps. Again the compositions are fantasrtic, giving Cryptopsy and Decapitated a run for their money in technicality and execution, respectively. Opener 'Foul Body Autopsy', has some fantastic hooks, with a pummeling drum beat and Suicmez's slightly generic, yet ultra brutal vocals.. Catchy winners on this album also include 'Mutilate the stillborn' (Would have thought Cannibal Corpse would have thought of that first eh?) and 'Extreme Unction'. The two extra tracks were obviously written at a different time to the main tracks. The sound and arrangements are different. More brutal even.
A great album, with some very confident guitar playing, bordering on smug self obssesiveness, but stopping short of actually blowing ones own trumpet and looking like a big-head. For all fans of technical death metal, old and new, and your blasting, gargling death metal fan who likes it loud, heavy and fast.
This is a fantastic technical death metal album that showcases the genius of Muhammed Suicmez (quite possibly one of the most underrated guitarists ever). That guitar solo on 'Advanced corpse tumour' never fails to send shivers down my spine!!