|Review: Excrecor - Hypnotic Affliction|
Year released: 2014
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Review online: June 30, 2014
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)
As most Metal Crypt readers know, Death Metal is not one of my favorite sub-genres. That said Melodic Death Metal does hold some charm for me and New Hampshire's Excrecor have an album called Hypnotic Affliction, their debut full-length, that I can appreciate. First off, the vocals are a harsh, dry shout so if you dig cookie-monster growls or too-much-questionable-chili belching, look elsewhere. The playing is tight and aggressive but much thought has obviously been put into the melody lines, which are quite enjoyable. Most of the songs on Hypnotic Affliction are straight-up, thrashy Death Metal that isn't overly technical (another plus, in my book) but Excrecor vary things a bit with the slower, hypnotic "Starlit," a song with great atmosphere, and the bass-only instrumental closer "The Callus' Thoughts." This song is in the vein of Metallica's "Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth)" and is probably too long at almost seven minutes, but it is different and gives Hypnotic Affliction some character.
Excrecor haven't changed my mind about Death Metal; it is still a style that doesn't do a whole lot for me. But it would be unfair to say Hypnotic Affliction isn't a good album, based on my personal taste, because it is actually quite good. Definitely check it out if your affinities run to heavy, melodic and not too technical thrashy Death Metal.
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