|Review: Baest - Necro Sapiens|
Label: Century Media Records
Year released: 2021
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: April 14, 2021
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4.6/5 (92%) (10 Votes)
I'm always annoyed when I hear an album that kicks ass like this and realize that they've been around a while and haven't heard them before. Like... How? Anyway. Denmark's Baest play old-school death metal that's heavily influenced by early Swedish death metal and the "Florida school" of U.S. death metal. They're not the only bands drawing influences from these two revered schools of death metal, but they certainly are up there in terms of succeeding at marrying both sounds and leaving their own mark. What struck me the most about Necro Sapiens is how it grabs you from the start and doesn't let go, taking you on a rollercoaster of death metal goodness with some catchiness to boot. Lots of speed here and some guitar work that sometimes take you into plain old heavy metal territory. Let's just say that there's quite a bit of headbanging and air-guitaring in your future when you put this sucker on. They also throw in some much slower passages that crank the heaviness to 11 and are simply crushing, pin-you-to-ground songs that will make you gasp for air. The growls are top-notch, decipherable if you pay attention, and a perfect accompaniment to the crunchy, abrasive guitars. Necro Sapiens is one of those albums I don't like reviewing because it's hard to do it justice in words. It's the kind of album you need to experience firsthand. Highly recommended if old-school death metal is your thing or, hell, if you're just getting into the genre, you'll fall in love with it after listening to Necro Sapiens.
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