Necrot
Lifeless Birth


2.5
average

Review

by Hawks USER (170 Reviews)
April 21st, 2024 | 62 replies


Release Date: 04/12/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Lifeless? That's for sure...

2024 has been a goldmine for great death metal. There has been multiple noteworthy releases for the genre and we aren't even a full quarter into the year yet. Sadly, not every band in the genre can create an all time banger and Necrot's newest album Lifeless Birth falls very firmly into the "meh" category.

Nothing here is particularly bad. In fact, these guys come off as a very cohesive unit overall. Their debut was an absolute ripper full of heavy hitting riffs and monstrous vocals and a filthy atmosphere. Lifeless Birth tries to take the same kind of approach but the album name itself is a good indicator of the music itself. Lifeless. The riffs here are mostly midpaced chugs with little variety or excitement. The drumming, while proficient, doesn't inspire much outside of the normal blasting and filling typical of the genre and just ends up sounding stagnant. Like I said, there's nothing here that is so offensive that you'll want to shut it off but you also won't find yourself clinging to any moment that makes you want to return to this album more than a couple times. Vocals here are, once again, pretty good, but lack the appeal of death metal vocalists with more range and are way too one note to be anything more than just decent.

Another big downer for me personally is the production job. When attempting to make an OSDM album in modern times, you need to have production that sounds dirty and as if you're recording from inside a buried coffin. It doesn't have to be poor a la the early black metal scene, but having crystal clear production on an album of this ilk just completely defeats the purpose.

Lets face it, we can't all have our cake and eat it too. We have been spoiled with some amazing and possibly even "all time great" death metal so far in 2024. It would be irresponsible for fans to expect nothing but greatness in one year. There's bound to be some duds, and unfortunately, Necrot find themselves strongly placed in the dud category. Lifeless Birth would probably be a good starter album for someone looking to get into death metal, but honestly, it holds little appeal outside of that. You're better off looking elsewhere for filthy hard hitting death metal in a year chock full of great releases.



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Hawks
April 21st 2024


88146 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Wanted to deviate a bit from my normal "positive" reviews and try something that I didn't dig much. I know people are digging this but it just sounds stagnant to me. :[

evilford
April 21st 2024


64389 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Based

Hawks
April 21st 2024


88146 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Ily!!!

evilford
April 21st 2024


64389 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Smae

Hawks
April 21st 2024


88146 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Glad we are on the same page. M///

evilford
April 21st 2024


64389 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Lol yup

evilford
April 21st 2024


64389 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I was excited for this, really enjoyed mortal but I was bored by this mostly. Not terrible, it was ok but very uninspired.

Hawks
April 21st 2024


88146 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Album is prob one of my biggest disappointments so far this year. :[

artificialbox
April 21st 2024


1685 Comments


Good review Hawks, I agree and felt pretty much the same. It was good but also a bit boring.

Hawks
April 21st 2024


88146 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thanks buddy!!

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 21st 2024


10734 Comments


Hawks and evilfold you need to do yourselves a favour and clear the wax from your ears, the album is awesome.

Hawks
April 21st 2024


88146 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm glad u think so bro lol.

evilford
April 21st 2024


64389 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I refuse to argue with sputnikmusic.com hero Voivod

Hawks
April 21st 2024


88146 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Same. I bow down. Gonna 5 this now.

ThyCrossAwaits
April 21st 2024


3991 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I dunno man, Necrot have a very specific dungeon flavor to me that makes the midpace not so dry. I really like it but I can see why others don’t I suppose. I still dig this more than Mortal.

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
April 21st 2024


26046 Comments


this is one of your best reviews from a writing perspective brother. deserves a feature i think.

Hawks
April 21st 2024


88146 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Damn high praise from the Hypester! Thanks bro!

Hawks
April 21st 2024


88146 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The ghost negs when people don't like the rating always kills me lol.

NightOnDrunkMountain
Contributing Reviewer
April 21st 2024


646 Comments


Really good album Hawks! But can't agree on all of them lol

Hawks
April 21st 2024


88146 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Indeed buddy!!



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