|Review: Necrodeath - Black As Pitch|
|Black As Pitch|
Label: Scarlet Records
Year released: 2001
Review online: November 11, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Black As Pitch
Rated 4.11/5 (82.22%) (9 Votes)
When I got this in the mail I took a look at the cover art and thought "yet another generic death metal band"... WRONG! This started kicking ass just into the first few seconds. Necrodeath is an Italian black/thrash band that has reformed not long ago. Being pretty much used to power metal coming from Italy, I am agreeably surprised at the quality of the extreme metal presented here. The music is more on the Thrash metal side, while the vocals have more of a Black Metal feel to them. The guitar work here is great - precise and razor-blade sharp, pretty amazing in a few places too. The drums are also very good here, not too loud nor too discreet in the mix, no full-speed crap just for the sake of being extreme but rather very precise work. Those guys definitely know how to play their instruments. A very good production gives this an added edge. This should please fans black/thrash and also maybe some Thrash fans who don't mind the more extreme vocals.
The only downside on this album is the last track, which lists crimes committed in the name of Christianity over the course of a few hundred years during the crusades and the holy inquisition. The track over 3 minutes long with the dates and events being read along with a fucking annoying noise in the background. This is just stupid. This doesn't belong on an album... Use a page in the booklet or something. Yet another space waster... Anyway, this is minor considering the overall excellent quality of the music here, but is worth mentioning, hoping somebody somewhere will get the message.
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