Release DetailsLABEL Hammerheart
RELEASED ON 10/1/2002
posted on 10/2002 By:
Necrophobic returns in 2002 with a follow-up to 1999's crusher The Third Antichrist. Necrophobic seems to be one of those bands that is always able to put out a solid recording; no crap periods like so many other bands. Needless to say, their latest, Bloodhymns perfectly follows this standard. This is some superb black/death from Sweden. These guys have always seemed to have a black metal mentality but with a great death metal sound. One thing I've always enjoyed about Necrophobic is they throw those short, but sweet solos in between those crushing riffs and cool melodic pieces. As I mentioned above the music has some crushing riffs most of which are fast and almost thrash like. There are also a few really cool melodic breaks found inside the book of Bloodhymns. Tobias Sidegård does a great job with the vokills. There are times when he almost reminds me of Abbath from Immortal, but still holds his own original sound. Compared to The Third Antichrist, this album also has a much darker aura surrounding it, which helps Bloodhymns stand out against its predecessor. Necrophobic uses the old tried-but-true blasphemous lyrics (as if you couldn't have guessed that just by looking at the name of their last album). At times they are creative, but as I've said before the blasphemy just is never original enough to get me excited about the lyrics. The production on this is pretty good too. It sounds pretty similar to The Third Antichrist, but ever so slightly more polished. One thing I would've have like to hear would be for the drums be a little more crisp, but I think that's just me being greedy. In the end, Necrophobic has yet again thrown out a solid release. If you're a fan, buy it, you won't be disappointed. If your ears have not yet been graced by the evil entity that is the band, then I recommend checking them out; you get a pretty good bang for your buck.
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