Friday, September 07, 2012

Review: Zombiefication - Reaper's Consecration

Zombiefication are a semi-recent death metal band out of Mexico, having formed in 2009. A year later the two man band released their debut full-length album, Midnight Stench, which saw mediocre to slightly good reviews at best. The group then waited an additional year before finally following up with Reaper's Consecration. Does this EP have anything to bring to the table for death metal?

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Chaos Records
Release Date: August 14th, 2012
  1. Dead Today, Dust Tomorrow
  2. Deathrides
  3. Necrohell
  4. I Am the Ripper
  5. We Stand Alone
Total Playtime: 26 minutes, 00 seconds






Rating: 9.5/10







Zombiefication are a semi-recent death metal band out of Mexico, having formed in 2009. A year later the two man band released their debut full-length album, Midnight Stench, which saw mediocre to slightly good reviews at best. The group then waited an additional year before finally following up with Reaper's Consecration. Does this EP have anything to bring to the table for death metal?

It should go ahead and be noted that Zombiefication are comprised of two members; Mr. Hitchcock, the vocalist, and Mr. Jacko, the guitarist and bassist. For their live performances the group recruits the help of an additional guitarist, Mr. Brain and a living, breathing drummer who calls himself Mr. Kim, both from the Mexico based thrash metal band PiraƱa.

Onto the content itself, the drumming is really well done, the beats don't stick to standard black and white death metal styles and vary often. The drum patterns roll fluidly into each new segment, and switches things up in the background continuously. There is always some new additive that freshens up the beats, though your standard blast beats can still be heard scattered throughout the material as well.


There is a deathly atmosphere that pervades the entirety of Reaper's Consecration like a thick fog. This is created by the subtle flanger effects present from time to time within the guitars, the very pronounced echo on the the drumming and vocal tracks, and the heavy reverb style that the vocals take on during key parts throughout the content. As anguished growls fill the air, the reverb carries it on in a ghostly manner that can send a chill down the spine, and the production quality of the content has a slight classic 80's feel to it. The vocals themselves have enough variety to keep the listener entertained, making use of a good range of highs, lows, steady mediums, growls, and screams.

As for the guitars, there are two tracks. Both the rhythm and lead are played by Mr. Jacko and are laced over each other during the content. Both of the guitars take on the same crushing, gritty, heavily distorted tone that makes the very ground quake harder than the bass does. Occasionally the lead guitar will take on a much cleaner tone during the solos and some of the tremolo picking, however they mostly stick to the heaviest tone they can muster without becoming so distorted the chords blend together. The bass, also done by Mr. Jacko, sits at the same steady level and gets lost behind the guitars a lot, but it fills the void when the distortion is gone on the lead guitar.

"Necrohell" is where the album really starts to pick up and unleashes a hell-fury of double bass drum beats, electrifying solos and blistering tremolo picking. In fact, the later part of Reaper's Consecration is the heaviest and most brutal, "I Am the Reaper" and "We Stand Alone" are two amazing tracks as well. "We Stand Alone" has an 'epic' feel incorporated into it and brings into place some chanting and demonstrates the vocal growls and screams more powerfully.

Zombiefication have stepped up from their mediocre debut release with an EP that sheds light on the potential at hand. Although Reaper's Consecration doesn't bring anything new to the world of death metal, Zombiefication have taken the style and incorporated their own vision and sound to create something zesty and flavorful which they can call their own. This EP is a strong recommendation, especially for those looking for some good horror metal that doesn't have horrible, machine-gun drum programs.

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