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Review: Necroblaspheme - XXVI: The Deeper, The Better
XXVI: The Deeper, The Better

Label: Independent
Year released: 2011
Duration: 28:15
Tracks: 6
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: June 18, 2012
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
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Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (8 Votes)

I enjoyed Necroblaspheme's previous full-length, which was a quality sophomore album and hinted at a lot of promise from the band. Three years after the release of Destination: Nulle Part the band released this EP. What immediately struck me about XXVI : The Deeper, The Better was the bright, surreal artwork which really appealed to me and is in fact the perfect cover for the release.

When compared with their previous full-length you can still detect Necroblaspheme's DNA in the tracks, however in the three years since Destination... the band have grown into a different, bizarre monster. Whilst under the surface this is still quality death metal, the surface itself is essentially death metal's answer to Deathspell Omega. Throw some doom sensibility into the equation, and Necroblaspheme have really carved there own place in the scene.

I'm salivating over the prospect of the band's next full-length release. If this EP is anything to go by it's quite likely going to be mind blowing. The production here is well done, splicing the modern and old schools well, with an almost post-black tone to the guitars that is anchored perfectly via the bass, giving a strange, unearthly feel, which when coupled with a great earthen drum sound counterbalances the tone well. The vocals are quite low in the mix, and at times they're distorted via effects and whilst I've seen this approach fail often, here it works very well.

Necroblaspheme have unveiled a pretty interesting sound here, and I can't really say I've heard anything like this before, which definitely earns them a few points, not to mention the fact that this is actually really enjoyable. I look forward to hearing more in the future, but for now this will do the trick. Recommended!

More about Necroblaspheme...
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