Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Review: Nekrofilth - Devil's Breath

Let's just come out and say it; it has been a long time since a truly perverted and gruesome band has come full force in the underground. Sure, you have your horror bands and the brutal death metal groups that rant on about fucking and abortions, but can you remember the last time it actually caught your ear and stood out as something new? Well Ohio thrashers Nekrofilth have come to fill the gaping void of sleazy desolation in our metal hearts. This isn't the first time this three piece has been picked up by Hell's Headbangers, Nekrofilth's self-titled 2008 demo was re-released as a 12" vinyl in 2011 by the label under the title Worship Destruction. Now officially signed with HHR these gritty thrash punks have unleashed their debut LP; does Devil's Breath deliver the grime that it has been sworn to?

Genre: Death/Thrash Metal/Crossover
Release Date: October 31st, 2013
  1. Crave the Grave
  2. Scum Freak
  3. Wormskull
  4. Death Rush
  5. Deep Inside Disease
  6. I'm a Degenerate
  7. Crocodile
  8. Junkie Cunt
  9. Devil's Breath
  10. Lead Us to the Death
  11. Smear the Sleaze
  12. Volcanic Zit
  13. Blood Bug
Total Playtime: 26 minutes, 12 seconds
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Rating: 9.0/10







Let's just come out and say it; it has been a long time since a truly perverted and gruesome band has come full force in the underground. Sure, you have your horror bands and the brutal death metal groups that rant on about fucking and abortions, but can you remember the last time it actually caught your ear and stood out as something new? Well Ohio thrashers Nekrofilth have come to fill the gaping void of sleazy desolation in our metal hearts. This isn't the first time this three piece has been picked up by Hell's Headbangers, Nekrofilth's self-titled 2008 demo was re-released as a 12" vinyl in 2011 by the label under the title Worship Destruction. Now officially signed with HHR these gritty thrash punks have unleashed their debut LP; does Devil's Breath deliver the grime that it has been sworn to?

Press play, now head bang furiously for the next twenty six minutes and stop only to fist pump and scream along to the lyrics; this is all you're going to want to do once the album begins, and by the end of it all the repeat button will be a must. Devil's Breath is a sordid roller coaster that oozes with crunchy distortion tones, raw production and fluctuating tempos. All three instruments work under one composition most of the time to forge unforgettable hooks that will work their way into the listener's cranium. Not only do the instruments make a huge first impression but track titles such as "Junkie Cunt", "Smear the Sleaze" and "Volcanic Zit" hold true to a promise that the lyrics are a dripping pustule of degenerated slime.

Rawer than the other instruments, the guitar sounds greasy and slick as it slides into power chord progressions. The riffs are formed by simple power chords that wind along the fret board in a manner that allows Nekrofilth's punk influence to seep through into some tracks like "Scum Freak" and "Junkie Cunt". A large part of each track is made up by the same repeated chords and arrangements, however this is what gives the album a solid grounding. Occasionally the guitarist embarks on a short solo, the most notable ones lay in wait for the audience within "Wormskull", "Deep Inside Disease", "Crocodile", "Volcanic Zit" and the title track "Devil's Breath".


The bass makes the biggest impact on the audience with its overly deep modulation, groovy style and uniquely twisted sound. Songs such as "Crave the Grave", "Deep Inside Disease", "Blood Bug" and "Smear the Sleaze" are bass heavy abominations that shake the very foundation of Devil's Breath and are sure to rattle your neighbor's windows when the volume is cranked to eleven. The bass hammers away in the background, rising up to the front of the mix during a few tracks, and follows in tempo and rhythm with the guitar riffs; this ultimately allows for the creation of such insanely haunting musical structures.

The drums work on a minimalist kit, which is standard for most thrash metal, and are heard roaring away with medium-fast paced blast beats, drum rolls, tom-tom bangs and snare/tom/hi-hat combination beats. The drummer is modest with his abilities and in the spirit of the rest of the album K.I.S.S (keeps it simple, shithead) instead of overcompensating or overfilling the background with unnecessary audio clutter. Along with the aforestated, the drums also keep on the same composure as the bass and guitar tracks; the beats change when the riffs do and the tempo keeps on par with the stringed instruments.

Nekrofilth have come forth with a highly impressive debut LP. Devil's Breath is the shameless epitome of sleazy, greasy, vile, disgusting metal in every imaginable aspect. The fact that the instruments all combine together and stay on the same page creates structures within the content that won't soon be forgotten, however it also causes the material to become stale after a while... but not for many enjoyable listens to come. If the slutty thrasher in you is screaming for more, you can pick up your copy on a sick limited edition colored vinyl or CD directly from Hell's Headbangers Records. A must listen for lovers of gritty raw thrash with hints of punk and death metal.

Digital Download Provided by: Hell's Headbangers Records

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