Blood Offerings reviews
bolmeteus6 on June 20th, 2017
Pummeling to the end
Necrot is a band that’s best described as being absolutely pummeling, with no intention other than to pound listeners into submission. They don’t play technical or complex music, they don’t sell themselves as introspective- they just crush and rip their way through their approach on death metal, and that’s why so many people have come to love them in recent years. Pounding and groovy riffs are reminiscent of Bolt Thrower, the least mystical sections that Demigod conjured, or some of the other groups that extremely prolific members of the band are also involved with, but despite being reminiscent of other groups Necrot have their own distinguishing flavor that I keep coming back to. Brief moments of melody pop up for just long enough to draw attention and vanish just as quickly, adding an extra layer to an already extremely catchy album. Vocalist Luca Indrio rasps over the music at a pitch that’s just a bit higher than what listeners unfamiliar with the band might expect from their music, but he does so excellently, perfectly fitting the music, and timing his assaults well with the riffs and the primal drumming, which ranges from more standard death metal beats to some punk ones, always perfectly suiting the music, and often carrying a riff far further than it might otherwise be palatable.
Though I said earlier that the band willfully steps away from complicated songwriting, that isn’t to say that the composition was done carelessly- there’s a large variety of influences integrated into the album, and each song flows excellently through them, and even at their most similar, extremely well written transitions separate riffs that on a less competent album would blend together, leaving behind a distinctly memorable assault. On a related note, despite many sections of extreme repetition of a single riff or group of them as well as sections that spend a lot of time developing a single idea, Blood Offerings does an excellent job of avoiding overstaying its welcome at any point, and will likely be in my rotation for a long time. After the hype that Necrot built around themselves through years of excellent shows and several killer demos, it’s nice to see them deliver.
Originally written for howlingflesh.com
televiper11 on June 9th, 2017
Raise The Blade
To say that I've greatly anticipated Necrot's Blood Offerings would be a bit of an understatement. Having charted the band's growth over a series of demos and comps, hearing the band actually change and grow as musicians to a point where they were no longer engaging in a primitive form of mimesis but actually crafting music that stood on its own, well, to say my expectations for this were high and perhaps difficult to match would be the honest truth. So how does Blood Offerings fare? Well, it won't set the world on fire, won't give them the throne, but it won't disappoint the rabid throngs either. This is a rock solid release that shows Necrot fully come into their own yet with the potential to still further grow.
Emerging out the Oakland war crust scene, Necrot evolved away from mud caked crust and towards more blood spattered death metal. I've described them to friends as a 'more grime besmeared Dismember circa Where Ironcrosses Grow' and I stand by that description, though Necrot have grown slightly past it now. The grim-n-gritty buzzsaw with heavy bottom end sound is still there, the occasional flourishes of melody still arise, the no-fear approach to vile yet catchy song craft is as apparent as ever, but Necrot have added a few new wrinkles to it.
Opener "The Blade" is a good example, the main riffs churns like vintage Bolt Thower, nailing that monolithic wall-of-sound that was BT's calling card before giving way to a very circle pit friendly two-kick punk beat. The cavernous vocals roar over, almost overpoweringly so, and it is these vocals that keep Necrot toeing a more death metal mien. Necrot nail the hybrid style, carefully threading the needle of stitched together influences. So there's lots of crusty punk in here still. And a lot of groovy mid-tempo death metal ala BT or Demigod ("Empty Hands" as the best example). When they do kick it up a notch, like on the stellar title track, Necrot demonstrate their uncanny knack for writing singular death metal out of influences that might come across as staid or generic in lesser hands.
Necrot's songwriting feels easy and unpretentious, which is both a both a strength and a weakness. In strength, this record is diverse and well crafted with ear worms aplenty; in weakness, one gets a sense that they could've challenged themselves a little harder for while the songs on here are all very good, they are also fairly standard -- just one little extra push here or there could've made a difference in terms of excellence. As it stands, Necrot's Blood Offerings is a dark horse AOTY contender but I think that accolade is truthfully still ahead of them.