Necrophobic
Bloodhymns


5.0
classic

Review

by Shred Danson USER (9 Reviews)
August 21st, 2006 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


Ah, Sweden. Endless supplier of badass melodic death metal. How I love thee. We've all heard In Flames, Arch Enemy, Soilwork, and Dark Tranquility. Well, all those bands are puppy-eyed pussies compared to the very Swedish and very badass Necrophobic. Yeah, I said it. Once in a while comes a metal album that punches you in the balls over and over again and makes you enjoy it. Bloodhymns , my friends, is that album.

Necrophobic seems to run the gamut of metal in this album, creating a dark, melodic, yet crushing blend of death, black, and thrash metal. Bloodhymns features scathing vocals, driving guitars and one hefty rhythm section, oh and a guest appearance by Satan himself, since only the dark lord can make such driving, evil metal.

Now, I don't intend on making this review all "bla bla METAL METAL METAL cheese cheese cheese PURE EVIL!"...but take one listen to this album and you shall be emitting these same words from your mouth. It's rare to find an album driven by such intensity as Bloodhymns is. And yet, Necrophobic matches that intensity with such beautiful, seemingly passionate melodicism. It seems as much an emotional and spiritual album as it is a bone-crushing, cunt-smashing metal album. Bloodhymns is fucking relentless.

Case in point: Taste of Black . opening tracks are usually defining moments for albums. You've got your "Battery"'s, your "Hells bells"'s, and so on and so forth. Tracks that set the pace and anticipation for the rest of the album. Taste of Black immediately defines Bloodhymns with ferocity, attacking your ears with such speed and force and at the same time pleasing them with intense melody. You may realize after reading all my reviews that I love me some goddamn melody.


I have to say something about the lyrics real fast. You can sum up the lyrics as the weakest thing about the album, particularly because of the cheesy, evil, "christianity is inferior" lyrics. Not to say they aren't badass, but with music so driven and heavy, lyrics don't mean a damn thing and therefore have no place in this review. So sue me, I don't enjoy poetry much. The music is the focal point in this review, as it is on the entire album.


The pulsating, cunt-smashing metal doesn't stop there, with Dreams Shall Flesh and Act of Rebellion (of which the chorus bellows "I punch my fist right through your flesh and tear out your fucking spine", causing me to inadvertantly shit my pants) continuing the fast-paced melody-driven madness. Blast beats and tremelo-picked riffage dominate. I'm pretty sure this would be the music being played during the crucifixion of Christ. And Christ would be banging his motherfuckin' head off.

As I said before, this is an album driven by melody and ball-crushing riffs. In no way is this repetetive, at least not in a bad way. Shadowseeds strikes up many a black metal influence from start to finish. Mourningsoul could be called the "ballad" on this album, but if you told Necrophobic that, they'd most likely slice your throat and crush it in their hands. Not to say this song isn't as heavy or fast as the other songs on this album, no, it's just as good but relies more on melodicism than anything. The opening clean riff, while too short, gets the point across. Mid-way through the song, some tasteful guitar leads come into play through melodic riffing. One of the best songs on this album.

Bloodhymns is versaitile, there's no doubt about it. Not once does the music relent. The melodic, heavy riffs are brilliant. The drums fit without being too over-the-top and too predictable. Bass serves its purpose by not standing out at all (JUST KIDDING, BASS PLAYERS!). Songs like Hellfire and Cult of Blood should be metal anthems, songs heavy enough to make Kerry King wet himself. These songs are also where the band's shredding skills come into play. While nothing amazing, these solos fit, rather than mindlessly shredding out-of-place.

Roots of Heldrasill has a very dark mood to it. The slow pace of the song, the droning guitars, the anguished vocals..it all ends 2 minutes into the song and it's back to Necrophobic crushing your balls. The album closes off with Blood Anthem and the instrumental Among The Storms, and it is a great way to end a great album. Blood Anthem summarizes this album; dark lyrics, heavy yet melodic music, a tinge of black metal here and there, and leaving you suspenseful of where Necorphobic will be going next in the song. I love how each song will keep you guessing. This track is no exception. The pounding drums in this song, as in every song on Bloodhymns drive the music, keeping it heavy and keeping your attention.

Bloodhymns is capped off with Among The Storms, a great instrumental. Usually, instrumentals are a bad choice, to me, for ending an album, but somehow this fits very well with the whole mood of the album. Swords clash throughout the song as some beautiful, emotional lead work is laid down between dark riffs and pulsating drums. A sense of drama, evil, and hatred is given by this album and I find myself listening to it over and over again. Maybe it's Satan fucking with my ears.

As I end this review, I know I usually name off some recommended tracks...but each track on Bloodhymns stands out on its own, so therefore I recommend the entire album. Happy listening, folks!



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Shadows
Moderator
August 21st 2006


2530 Comments


I love you Trev!!!! Sweet review for an album I really need to check out.

Shred Danson
August 21st 2006


118 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I thought you've heard this CD, Ben? I recommended it to you a while back with some songs off this album.



Shred Danson
August 21st 2006


118 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Also, I belive this album is out-of-print...so either eBay it or download it (you fucking pirates!) it is well worth the listen.

Shadows
Moderator
August 21st 2006


2530 Comments


I think I checked it out a while ago but I can't remember it at all. I'll investigate again.

loathed
August 21st 2006


174 Comments


woah...sweet another heavy melodic album, i'll maybe check this out

Shred Danson
August 21st 2006


118 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It definitely is worth checking out. Necrophobic is certainly an underappreciated band. More people need some Necrophobic in their lives!

TheStarclassicTreatment
July 30th 2007


2910 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My friend's starting get into death metal and he downloaded these on Limewire I think, pretty much cos they were highly rated. I think they're absolutely awesome, so melodic and powerful. Deserve a lot more recognition.

combustion07
April 23rd 2008


5398 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I got people from my school digging this.

J34
July 25th 2008


24 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is intense! Every song is varied and different. Not a big fan of the lyrics, but damn that rhythm and melody is bone crushing.

FukuiSan
September 20th 2008


179 Comments


This review is fuckin' great. I'm getting this.

rattlehead42147
January 14th 2009


1345 Comments


similar bands: Rotting Christ, At the Gates, The Crown, Carcass

whoever added these guys is a fucking nitwit

Hawks
September 14th 2010


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Darkside is awesome, this is equally as awesome. Still gotta listen to The Nocturnal Silence.

vanderb0b
September 14th 2010


3473 Comments


The Nocturnal Silence is better than all. I'm genuinely considering 5'ing it.

RippingCorpse
September 14th 2010


1087 Comments


yeah its one of the best osdm albums ever

and this is easily their worst album

Hawks
September 14th 2010


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah everyone seems to like that the best. I'm saving that for last.

bloozclooz
September 28th 2011


1770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

if this is their worst album then i really need to check out their other releases



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