Necrophagist
Epitaph


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kit Brown USER (73 Reviews)
July 14th, 2006 | 211 replies | 26,877 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If you like technical death metal, this is an essential. If you like shredding, this is an essential. If you don't...look onward.

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Necrophagist, a band of many talents. If you mention the name to a fan of death metal then they'll probably exclaim with joy and throw up the horns. Say the name to just about anyone else and they'll either not know what you're talking about or just ignore it. Just from this alone you can see that this band isn't very well known, but that doesn't mean that they aren't bad by any means. This band has been getting alot of exposure on this site and praise too for their amazing technicality, insane solos, and a really incredible rhythm section. I can't really argue with that, these guys are one of the most amazing technical groups I've ever come across. Enter the technical brutal death metal band that is Necrophagist and their album...

Epitaph

Necrophagist is comprised of on this album:
Christian Meunzner - Guitar
Hannes Grossmann - Drums
Stefan Fimmers - Bass
Muhammed Suicmez- Guitar/Vocals

The genre of metal has always been one to have incredible musicianship in it since its formation. With that talent, there have always been bands that stood above the rest with their sheer musical skill and know-how. When you think of one group that simply amazes you with musical talent, who comes to mind first? I thought so: Dream Theater. Sure, they've got the skills of gods, but their songwriting ability is pretty sub-par to say the least. Necrophagist came to give these guys a run for their money, and they've actually surpassed them in my world as the craziest group in the metal world with sheer talent. You'd probably be able to agree with me after listening to the intro of the first track "Stabwound", in which you hear every single person in the band just flat out own. From the abnormally fast drumming to the absurdly technical soloing, you can't help but admit that these guys have talent like no other. Top it all of with a great bass solo and you know you're in for a death metal ride like no other.

Let's expand on what I said about their musical talents. In short, they're beyond great.But let's keep on going. Muhammed Suicmez is simply a master at writing extremely technical death metal riffs, which you can tell within a song or two of this album. His riffs are lightning fast, utilize the entire fret board, and are constantly changing. Most of them are pretty impressive to listen to, but there's also a few that are just there to blow you back and make you bang your head. They're pretty sick. The riffs aren't usually the things people talk about when Necrophagist is mentioned, though. Most people mention the insanely difficult and advanced solos. Those people are right - Epitaph has some insane solo material that would make just about any guitar or bass player's jaw drop to the floor. And every song has some form of solo in it, too so all of you shredders out there would probably get a kick out of this. It's filled with neo-classical madness.

The rhythm section, while not getting as much time to solo, still own up in their own right. Stefan's bass work is certainly comendable, as he doesn't just play the same thing as the guitars the entire time. He'll be laying down some interesting slap work (Stabwound) or some great tapping lines (Seven) or just some great overall shredding on the bass (Only Ash Remains). It's a real pleasure to listen to, especially if you're a bassist. The drums are just as impressive as the bass and guitars, maybe even more so. Hannes is becoming well known in the death metal scene as one of the genre's best percussionists. His work is chock full of hyperblasts similar to that of Cryptopsy's Flo Mounier or Kataklysm's Max Duhamel. Amongst all this chaos he still manages to play some incredibly speedy fills wicked double bass patterns, too. Drummers should really look into this album, as it contains some masterful drumming.

So, is there anything wrong with this album? Sadly, there is. To start off, I can't stand Muhammed's vocals in the least. They just seem so forced. There comes a time when your voice can be just too brutal, and it's shown here. His voice is incredibly low and indecipherable. It's similar to that of Lord Worm, but just not nearly as enjoyable. Luckily the vocals aren't taking too much time in the songs, as there are plenty of parts with solos and great riffing, but when they're present, they're pretty bothersome. I think they'd be a much better group if they found a different vocalist. Secondly, there comes a time when this album can be simply difficult to listen to. Technical music is some of the greatest stuff on earth, but after you hear it for extended periods of time it can begin to wear on your ears. The riffs on this album are often difficult to follow because they always change so it's hard to find the rhythm at times. I know they're not aiming to make music to bob your head to, but it's still something noticeable that I'd like to complain about. Thirdly, this album wouldn't be something alot of people would want to listen to. It's incredibly brutal and heavy so some people wouldn't enjoy it.

The album's highlights:
Stabwound
Ignominious and Pale
Only Ash Remains
Seven

Pros:
-- Some of the most technical music out there
-- Great soloing
-- Every band member gets plenty of time to shine
-- Great production quality

Cons:
-- Vocals are pretty bad
-- Sometimes the album can be just too technical



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Tyler
Emeritus
July 14th 2006



7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review, but I don't mind the vocals. I just think the songwriting lacks on this album compared to OoP

wrathchild88
July 14th 2006



11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've been meaning to pick this album up. The songs i've heard I've really liked and I don't mind the vocals at all. My favourite song that I've heard so far is probably Epitaph, but they're all high quality IMO.

My favourite solo (ever) however is Fermented Offal Discharge from OoP.

Kyle
July 14th 2006



667 Comments


Yeah this is probably too heavy for me to enjoy properlly, but I've heard a couple of songs which I didn't hate. Good review.

Whiskey On The Rocks
July 14th 2006



36 Comments


Great review, only ash remains has to be my fav cos of the bass solo, guitar solo and weird outro

wrathchild88
July 14th 2006



11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That outro is apparently a tribute to a classical composer. I recognise the tune, but have no idea who the composer was.

The bass at the start of this song makes my head explode.This Message Edited On 07.14.06

metallicaman8
July 14th 2006



4677 Comments


Splendid review /votes

Bron-Yr-Aur
July 14th 2006



4405 Comments


I've been meaning to look into these rather congenial sounding fellows. Anyone have anything to recommend?

And of course, a delightful review.This Message Edited On 07.14.06

Thor
July 15th 2006



10183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If you don't already have Cryptopsy's None So Vile then you should really get that just because it's a classic album in technical death metal. Also get Death's Individual Thought Patterns.

Intransit
August 23rd 2006



2797 Comments


Now I have to say, I really dont like death metal at all. Its far too brutal and Im not a fan of growling in the least bit, but I have to say, Ive heard three tracks off of this album, and it probably has some of the most complex musicianship this side of DragonForce. I actually love the band musically, but I just cant get over those vocals. If the rest of the album is up to that standard though, I think it probably be worthy of a 3 or so. Excellent review

Thor
January 24th 2007



10183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm really getting into these guys now. I'm past the growling and can't get enough of how freakin' tight these guys are.


Thor
January 24th 2007



10183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty much my initial opinion of these guys. But their music is just the best thing death metal can do. So I have to give them their much deserved props.

Mikesn
Emeritus
January 24th 2007



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I liked this album more than their first one.

Shadows
Moderator
January 24th 2007



2530 Comments


I liked Necrophagist for a while, but I grew out of obnoxiously technical metal pretty quickly. This is wankery in its purest form: sheer bordom.

I love death metal and I love shredding, but unfortunately I don't love this. =/

This album catches me a little more than Onset but that isn't really saying much. Great review anyway.

Thor
January 24th 2007



10183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is wankery in it's BEST form, methinks. :thumb:

ScelusNefas
January 24th 2007



274 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I was personaly expecting more from this album/band, it seems to miss something i cannot explain. Also, i'm not a fan of this still of voice, i prefer other death metal voices.

WARPATH_88
January 24th 2007



514 Comments


YEAA necrophagist is sick!!

Killtacular
January 24th 2007



1314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

These guys are even more insane live.

Fucking brutal.

Eakflanderyof
January 25th 2007



2143 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't see how someone that likes shredding and death metal could not like this.

Good review. I usually don't like shredding, but Necrophagist are so creative with it and just have some awesome riffs. Shredding Dream Theater style sucks though, IMO.

Shadows
Moderator
January 31st 2007



2530 Comments


Okay okay okay, you guys win, I'm man enough to admit when I'm wrong.

I listened to those two songs we have here and liked them. I'll re-download this album and see what I think. Hopefully you see this as my giving it a second chance and coming around and not speaking as a hypocrite. :p Good metal is good metal.This Message Edited On 01.31.07

Thor
January 31st 2007



10183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

We've seen you change your opinions about plenty of bands. I can think of Lamb of God and Wintersun right off the bat.



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