Necrophagist
Onset of Putrefaction


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kit Brown USER (73 Reviews)
January 31st, 2007 | 42 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A great album for fans of shredding and death metal, and features some of the most amazing musicianship the genre has to offer. But this album certainly is not for everyone.

One of the reasons that I listen to metal and love it so much is because of the immense talents some of the genre’s musicians possess. There’s just nothing like flipping on an album like Death’s The Sound of Perseverance or Between the Buried and Me’s Alaska and just sitting back and absorbing all the album has to offer. Since I’ve always taken a liking to technical bands, I delved more into the technical death metal scene. After coming upon the now underground classic that is None So Vile by Cryptopsy. It took me a while to get used to the band’s sheer brutality, but with time I came to love the album. The same can be said for Necrophagist.

Upon first hearing these guys almost a year ago with the song “Stabwound”, I loved and hated them at the same time. I loved them because I had never heard something so unrelentingly fast, technical, and brutal. The latter reason was the thing that turned me away, as I could not get used to vocalist and guitarist Muhammed’s incredibly guttural roars. And with time, I’ve come to truly appreciate Necrophagist for what they are: one of the most technical and amazing death metal bands I’ve ever listened to.

Onset of Putrefaction is a trip into the musical world of Muhammed Suicmez, the only person who recorded anything for this album. He recorded all of the guitar tracks, bass tracks, did vocals, and programmed the drumming. And after hearing what each instrument does on the album, you’d have to be a fool not to say that this man is a musical virtuoso. This album never misses a beat or note, it’s all incredibly tight and never loses track through all eight incredibly technical, and often random, tracks.

The real highlight of the entire album lies in Muhammed’s guitar playing. It’s simply some of the best shredding you’ll ever come across in the death metal scene. The opening track, “Foul Body Autopsy” is just short of two minutes and features brutal down-tuned death metal riffs, harmonized leads in the middle of doing vocals, as well as a blistering solo with some incredibly clean arpeggio sweeps. And it all comes at you at incredible speeds. It’s almost just too much at times. Perhaps the finest moment in the album though, can be found in the seriously epic solo of “Advanced Corpse Tumor” in which Suicmez slows things down a bit and puts much more emotion than his typical million-miles-an-hour shred fest. The solo is long, and features a great backing riff to accompany it. It’s great songwriting and is a short break from the rest of the album’s furious onslaught of insanity.

The bass doesn’t have as much time to shine as it did on their following album, Epitaph, but still has a few moments to play out. This is mostly because Epitaph had an actual bass player and not just Muhammed playing. But there are still moments of some tapping leads. It’s not as much as there could have been, but it’s certainly not bad. The drums, for being programmed, sound pretty real. They actually sound very similar to the drums in Epitaph. They’re very technical, and I was very surprised to hear that Muhammed went through that much trouble in programming a drum machine. It’s just what the album needed and constantly features blast beats and double bass annihilation; ideal for this type of sound.

The problem with this album though is that it has extremely limited appeal. Fans of death metal and probably some shredders will flock to this album and say it’s amazing, but those not used to this genre of music won’t like it in the least. The guttural vocals were even a turn off for me at first, and I was a metal fan at that point. The extreme technicality might send others packing their bags as well. Not everyone wants to hear an extreme song that is constantly changing, and I understand that. There are also some moments of weirdness, like the main riff to “To Breathe in a Casket”, where it’s actually just obnoxious. If you’re into technical metal then pick this up soon. But if you’re looking for a band to tap your foot to, you’ve come to the wrong place.

Thor’s Top 3 from this album:
Foul Body Autopsy
Advanced Corpse Tumor
Fermented Offal Discharge

Final Rating: 4/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Angmar
January 31st 2007


2689 Comments


Good review, I have only heard Epitaph and it was decent. The song titles are amusing :lol:

Thor
January 31st 2007


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah I try not to pay attention to the song titles. They're pretty horrible.

Digging: Black Crown Initiate - The Wreckage of Stars

Angmar
January 31st 2007


2689 Comments


Song titles dont really have much to do with the music, minus cannible corpse. I find these guys to be much more talented anyway.

Dethtrasher
January 31st 2007


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

One of the reasons that I listen to metal and love it so much is because of the immense talents some of the genre’s musicians possess.

Words of wisdom Thor :thumb:
Informative review!

Angmar
January 31st 2007


2689 Comments


Agreed with metal it is either really talented or really untalented but when its talented boy is it ever.

Eakflanderyof
January 31st 2007


2143 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review and I agree with most of it, but I think Fermented Offal Discharge has the best solo

Also, Culinary Hyperversity is very under-appreciated. Culinary Hyperversity has some of the best rhythm guitar playing ever and features some great sweeping.

hermitspancho
January 31st 2007


278 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fantastic album. Ive heard it critizised as too samey but if you love the guitar then its a brilliant listen in my book .

great review btw .

Wizard
January 31st 2007


19641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A top notch, well written review Thor. Your opening paragraph summed up everything I love about metal too. I have never heard these guys, but I will be sure to check it out.

Digging: Ash Borer - Cold of Ages

Wizard
January 31st 2007


19641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I just immediately flew to their website about 2 minutes ago to check out some of their music. This stuff is fresh and is soooooooooooooooo much better than most death metal. They have a little bit of everything mixed in. Some prog, some death metal, etc. I dont really think these guys are that brutal. There is good brutal, and than there is just crap brutal (Converge hahahahah). I might be starting up a war by saying that.

hermitspancho
January 31st 2007


278 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I checked out (and subsequently cant wait to get )Alaska by Between the buried and me based on the mention they got in this review , heard 6 tracks from Alaska and this is now a must have .Another reminder why i love this site !

Angmar
January 31st 2007


2689 Comments


[quote=wizard](Converge hahahahah)[/quote]
I agree to some extent i didnt really like them thier vocals sounded like a drowning boar. Anwyways yeah...

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2007


17945 Comments


Agreed with metal it is either really talented or really untalented but when its talented boy is it ever.

Well that's not true at all.

Eakflanderyof
January 31st 2007


2143 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yea, there's plenty of mediocre metal out there.

Angmar
January 31st 2007


2689 Comments


Yea, there's plenty of mediocre metal out there.
Yeah I was mainly talking about death metal though.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2007


17945 Comments


Well then you should have said death metal.

Doppelganger
January 31st 2007


3124 Comments


All I've heard from this band was Only Ashes Remain, and it was mediocre at best. I dunno, that's certainly not enough to judge all of their music.

Good review, also.

Mikesn
Emeritus
January 31st 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This is okay. I like Epitah more.

Goood review.

Shadows
Moderator
January 31st 2007


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The production on this is fairly flat, but other than that, it's about as good as tech death gets.

south_of_heaven 11
January 31st 2007


5438 Comments


Good review. I'll get this sooner or later.

it's about as good as tech death gets.

Nile :confused:

Shadows
Moderator
January 31st 2007


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nile isn't tech death.



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