Necrot
Mortal


3.8
excellent

Review

by Atari STAFF
August 29th, 2020 | 86 replies


Release Date: 08/28/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Forever in hell trapped in this skin. Tear it apart

Immediately unfolding with an anxious, swarming riff, Oakland’s Necrot start their sophomore LP off on the right foot. With an approach resembling old school giants like the great Chuck Schuldiner, Mortal is stubbornly determined to sound like it came out in the early '90s. Fans of cave-dweller growls and thick guitar riffs are in luck. The album's predecessor, Blood Offerings, had some moments of highly melodic guitar grooves, but this is simply not the case here. You’re trapped in a dungeon of sacrificial rituals – flesh piling up, decomposing – and there’s no escaping the stagnant air. Rotting corpses march to the beat of alternating fast and mid-tempo chugging, dissonant drums, and the kind of deep bellows that could only come from such a vile place.

I’m having fun with the imagery here, but you can tell Necrot did as well. One of the more relentlessly paced numbers, “Dying Life”, is ripe with vivid imagery of being skinned alive and thrown to the pack. Lead vocalist, Luca Indrio, provides a raspy yet decipherable snarl that leaves you hanging onto every word. His cavernous cries with themes hyper-focused on – uh, skin – have quite the chilling effect over each dirty guitar riff. Mortal is the kind of listen where you can’t help but stare at the album art as each meaty number unfolds. The way the album art represents exactly how the music sounds here is a bit uncanny.

Mortal is pointless to critique or analyze on a deep level since it’s all been done before. If you dig Like an Ever Flowing Stream or Death’s earlier works – and who doesn’t, really – it feels like an honorable homage to a traditional sound. Thankfully, the effective trio do sprinkle in an unexpected moment or two. The eight-minute closing title track is nothing short of a massive heap of chunky guitars. During the last several minutes, a vibrant and urgent solo suddenly takes form – a calling for the final ritual. Mortal won’t win any points for originality, but it doesn’t have to. There’s no doubt it can shred your face off with the best of them. So jump on in, the flesh pile’s still warm.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Atari
Staff Reviewer
August 29th 2020


26122 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

#dm2020

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TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
August 29th 2020


15266 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album has some killer riffs, good stuff

Digging: Akhlys - Melino

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
August 29th 2020


12158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Atari still out here on that dm kick, nice.



Like to see even more riffs coming out this year.

Thranth
August 29th 2020


447 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This rules

AxeToFall93
August 29th 2020


247 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This slaps

evilford
August 29th 2020


46514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rules [2]



Atari aint gon let errybody else take all the dm revs!

Digging: The Roots - Do You Want More?!!!??!

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
August 29th 2020


4440 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this fucks

evilford
August 29th 2020


46514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jac check this

evilford
August 29th 2020


46514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck I was too late

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
August 29th 2020


4440 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Already have it's gud, hence why it fucks

Atari
Staff Reviewer
August 29th 2020


26122 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Haha, if someone wants to give a more in-depth analysis they’re certainly welcome to!



next up on the hype machine: Undeath -Lesions Of a Different Kind, but not out until October just in time for Halloween. I’ll check the new Skeletal Remains as well despite not being blown away by what I’ve heard.. I love the artwork

parksungjoon
August 29th 2020


22855 Comments


neck rot

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evilford
August 29th 2020


46514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

one day I will rec u a dm album u havent heard and u will enjoy it



Then and only then will I die satisfied

evilford
August 29th 2020


46514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

undeath is gonna rule

Atari
Staff Reviewer
August 29th 2020


26122 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

The 2 singles are ridiculous



Jac, you should shout me some brutal dm recs.. just started to sort of fall in love with it

Darius The Imposter
August 29th 2020


22649 Comments


is this the death of metal

JayEnder
August 30th 2020


8691 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gotta check this ASAP.

botb
August 30th 2020


14137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fucking love this, easily top 3 for dm for 2020 for me so far

evilford
August 30th 2020


46514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hmm idk if its that good lol

botb
August 30th 2020


14137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

In my defense, I just love this band



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