Obliteration
Nekropsalms


4.5
superb

Review

by hyperi0n STAFF
February 27th, 2013 | 249 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: infected corpses and chemical rot

If 1991 was the height of the death metal in its glory years then it isn't far off to call 2009 the 1991 of revival death metal. Funebrarum dropped their modern classic The Sleep of Morbid Dreams, Cruciamentum unleashed their gloomy torrent of English filth with Convocation of Crawling Chaos, Portal and Ulcerate each dropped records that were arguably the best of their career, and The Chasm unleashed the massive Farseeing the Paranormal Abysm in representation of the might of the Central American scene. Whatever the governments had been slipping into the water supply in 1991 must have found its way back into the rotation almost two decades down the line and sparked a wave of putrid inspiration that hadn't been seen in years. However, among all the stellar death metal albums that surfaced during this burst of quality at the end of the first decade of the 21st century lurks a relatively overlooked and underappreciated album in the Norwegian assault of Obliteration's Nekropsalms. In fact, to call Nekropsalms an overlooked and underappreciated modern classic doesn't really do the album justice; it is easily one of the best death metal albums to come out since death metal died in 1993 and could easily be defended as the best death metal album to surface in the midst of 2009's pantheon of stellar albums.

Nekropsalms is pure, murky, downtuned, putrid, doom-tinged death metal straight out of the bowels of 1990. Trace elements of just about every important development in the death metal world show up somewhere on this record. Autopsy's brand of rotten sewer sludge pervades the album but influences ranging from the thrashy assault of Morbid Angel circa 1989 (see: Exterminate) all the way to the putrid murk of the mighty Finnish scene (see: The Worm that Gnaws in the Night) show up in choice quantities somewhere within the labyrinthine maze of influence that composes Obliteration's sophomore effort. The tortured wails of frontman Sindre Solem are like the ***ed up lovechild of Martin Van Drunen and John Tardy with a side of Leprosy-era Death sprinkled in there for good measure. This stellar package comes lovingly wrapped up in one of the best production jobs you will ever hear on a metal record (especially in the sea of triggered, studio magic bull*** that saturates the majority of metal records this side of 2000). The fully acoustic, thick, muddy punch of a drum sound that would give Fenriz a nice half-mast (which I'm fairly certain it actually did) sits right beneath the clear but filthy synthesis of the guitars and deliciously audible bass.

Nekropsalms doesn't really do anything that hasn't been done before, but when everything is executed as perfectly as it is on this record then it doesn’t matter. What Obliteration have accomplished better than probably any other band in this revival scene is to compile a record that provides an almost flawless synopsis of death metal as it existed worldwide in the glory days of the movement, and for a record that revels in reanimating a dying genre this is probably the most successful they could have ever been. However painfully underrated Obliteration's Nekropsalms remains it stands as one of the highest quality releases to spawn from the respectably interesting revival old school death metal movement. It is essential to anyone interested in what death metal should sound like in the post-millennium climate and a essential part of any genre enthusiasts collection of records.



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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 26th 2013


18524 Comments


first review as contrib for a record that needed a review desperately so you guys could ruin it in the thread

plz dont

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surprisefriend
February 26th 2013


310 Comments


sounds like shit i guess i wont waste my time with it thanks

MO
February 26th 2013


18776 Comments


rules you puss

surprisefriend
February 26th 2013


310 Comments


no it sucks i just listened to it and it sucked

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 26th 2013


50458 Comments


metal

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Calc
February 26th 2013


12215 Comments


lol look at all those years.

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Ovrot
February 26th 2013


10495 Comments


hey someone finally reviewed this

m/

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 26th 2013


19798 Comments


sounds cool will check

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Relinquished
February 26th 2013


25100 Comments


don't get an inflated head you pussy now that you went up in ranks you still have to shine my shoes

Ovrot
February 26th 2013


10495 Comments


hype get me a mouse so we can video games

Calc
February 26th 2013


12215 Comments


relinquished is trippin on 'roids at most hours of the day.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 26th 2013


18524 Comments


nothing can tear us apart wolfe

just steal one from an old peoples home ovrot they wont notice

Ovrot
February 26th 2013


10495 Comments


hype sold out i knew it

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 26th 2013


18524 Comments


they say everyone has a price

Funkenstein
February 26th 2013


264 Comments


album rules hard, been meaning to order this vinyl for awhile now

sweet review

Relinquished
February 26th 2013


25100 Comments


and you're $5 a lapdance

Funkenstein
February 26th 2013


264 Comments


its incredible its like mental funeral and soulside journey had a demented baby

Funkenstein
February 26th 2013


264 Comments


make sure you listen with a huge pic of the album art open on your comp and stare hard

Funkenstein
February 26th 2013


264 Comments


i stared at it for at least a solid hour the first time i heard this

bloc
February 26th 2013


34873 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This sounds pretty great. Lovely art too.



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