Necrophobic
Mark of the Necrogram


3.5
great

Review

by Bloon CONTRIBUTOR (74 Reviews)
February 24th, 2018 | 42 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With Satan as their witness, Necrophobic arises from the dirt.

An album like Mark Of The Necrogram is hard to talk about without contextualizing it with the rest of the band’s discography. While the group may have The Nocturnal Silence under their belt, which is considered a classic blackened death metal album, their releases from 1999 to 2013 are lackluster in many facets, namely that they lack what made the group's earliest records so enthralling. Yet, the five years between 2013’s Womb of Lilithu and this current album is certainly a long time to go without releasing an album. Even still, it’s questionable if the group is even capable of putting together another record worth listening to, but, despite all odds, they somehow did it.

Much of what separates this record from much of the band’s lackluster material comes down to the pugnacious and heavily apparent energy. This crucial element is often what kills late career metal, as the engaging tension is lost when the members play with the enthusiasm of a retirement home dweller. The performances here are lively and sharp, balancing the raw aesthetic of black metal and the crushing attitude of death metal. These compositions benefit from the occasional, strange grooves, heard most obviously in “Lamashtu,” spicing up the instrumental progressions and solid structuring of the riffs. Songs like “Tsar Bomba” and “Requiem for a Dying Sun” exemplify this record’s levels of consistency, as they show a strong grasp on pacing and maintaining attention. The percussion is punchy and satisfying, further perpetuating the pace of these songs, while delivering a barrage of satisfying blast beats and drum fills. All of this is accentuated even further by the ominous bass, which subtly builds a hazy layer behind the riffs at centerstage.

Much like a lack of dark spirit, many returning bands often have trouble with balancing the dense murkiness found in productions of yesterday and the higher fidelity clearness of today’s recordings. The inbetween found on this album is serviceable, with everything having a weight to it without sacrificing all clarity, but it’s hard not to notice the over importance placed on the vocals, which very rarely escape from an average growl. The various production oddities, which also entails a slight lack of interesting cacophony in the atmosphere, detract from the experience a bit, as does a lack of uniqueness in the songwriting. While maintaining a level quality, it’s strict adherence to its formula leaves a bit to be desired, making it’s lack of fluctuation is both a gift and a curse. Still, the experience is quite a fun one, featuring infectious extreme metal that’s surprisingly bold and exciting. Despite the odds, the once fallen Necrophobic has returned to a level of quality last seen in 1997’s Darkside.



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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
February 23rd 2018


1440 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Stream here: https://open.spotify.com/album/1qQg28aoo5RjtdcYBba0T2

Thanks to Fullofsounds and BBGames for helping me out.

This is much better than I thought it would be.



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zaruyache
February 23rd 2018


19007 Comments


i am all the hype

MarsKid
February 23rd 2018


7033 Comments


Short and simple, good stuff. Didn't know you got contrib either, congrats my man.

Album title made me chuckle

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
February 23rd 2018


1440 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks man! Yeah, the title is really silly. Idk if I'd have it any other way tho.

bbgames
February 23rd 2018


374 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

mark of the teddy grahams

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
February 23rd 2018


1440 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

my man

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 23rd 2018


7852 Comments


Good review, new Demonical album should be good too.

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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
February 24th 2018


1440 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Can't say I've heard either Demonical or Centinex. I assume they get the Voivod seal of approval.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 24th 2018


8753 Comments


Demonical album should be good too.


As long as it’s better than their last one.

Hey bloon you did it, it’s up : ]

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
February 24th 2018


1440 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yay! :]

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2018


17359 Comments


owo

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
February 24th 2018


1440 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ouo

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2018


17359 Comments


/ono|

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2018


7852 Comments


From Demonical, I liked their previous album and EP.

As for Centinex, they have a solid discog, albeit not of equal impact as that of Grave or Dismember.

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
February 24th 2018


1440 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'll give the groups a spin. Thanks for the recs!

InFlamesWeThrash666
February 24th 2018


7974 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Okay album

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Demon of the Fall
February 24th 2018


6660 Comments


I’m just going to presume this isn’t a meteoric rise & return to form in the vein of TNS then. I’ve heard a few other albums by these guys & although I enjoyed them nothing really compared at all favourably.

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bloc
February 24th 2018


50420 Comments


Really hoping this is better than a 3.5 for me

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bbgames
February 24th 2018


374 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@Demon of the Fall it definitely doesn't come close to TNS, but it's a fun listen

SteakByrnes
February 24th 2018


11507 Comments


Good review Bloon, noticed a minor thing tho

"All of this is accentuated even further by the ominus bass, which subtly builds a hazy layer behind the riffs at centerstage."

Should be 'ominous' yea?

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