Necrophagist - Epitaph review


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Band: Necrophagist
Album: Epitaph
Release date: August 2004

01. Stabwound
02. The Stillborn One
03. Ignominious & Pale
04. Diminished To B
05. Epitaph
06. Only Ash Remains
07. Seven
08. Symbiotic In Theory

"You think a band can't be Brutal and Technical at the same time? You are wrong dude, Necrophagist is one of those bands that merge brutality with complexity." This is what Herzebeth wrote in his review about Necrophagist first album, "Onset of Putrefaction", released in 1999. I decided to quote it because it perfectly describes the music of this band. The only thing that I would change in Herzebeth's sentence is the following: with the new album "Epitaph", Necrophagist shows itself to be not only "one of those bands", but definitely the best technical death metal band nowadays.

If the debut album was performed by the leader Muhammed Suicmez, who played all the instruments and used a machine drum, "Epitaph" bears the mark of a real band and the production is better, extremely powerful and very accurate.

What distinguishes Epitaph from other brutal death metal releases is the sound of the guitars and bass. The guitar riffing is highly technical, much closer to the thrash style, with classical palm muting, irregular chords and harmonics. Every song has an incredibile guitar solo in the middle. Muhammed is a very talented guitarist with a neoclassical influence and this gives the songs a fantastic and original flavour. The bass is also amazing and very technical and reminds me of Steve Di Giorgio's playing in "Individual Thought Patterns" by Death.

There is no best song in this album. Every song is a perfect mix of complex drums rhythm and brutal guitar riffs with a light sense of melody. Let's consider track no. 6, "Only Ash Remains". The beginning is something crazy: first a bass solo, then a guitar solo, and then guitar and bass finish playing solo in harmony. Do you want more?. A fast drum beat, deep growls, then a slower section, another astonishing guitar solo. The end of this song sounds like something I've never heard in a death metal album before: guitar plays an upbeat tempo in a reggae style, the drum is slow, the lead is dark and obscure. The whole is amazing. Enough said.

I could hardly find an album that sounds similar to Epitaph. Sometimes it reminds me of "Millennium" by Monstrosity, a masterpiece of the past decade, but Epitaph is even more technical and varied (believe it or not!). To sum it up, this album does not redefine brutal death metal, but it takes this genre to the highest performance levels. In my opinion, this is the best we can expect.

Highly reccomended? No. Must-have!

Written by foschino | 16.10.2005


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Comments: 16   Visited by: 248 users
08.05.2007 - 07:56
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Good review. This album is awesome.
09.05.2007 - 01:19
This album is pretty boring IMO. Especially when compared to Onset of Putrefaction.
09.05.2007 - 16:28
I think its a solid album, but its alittle uninspired sometimes...onset had a little more balls IMO, but theres some songs that really stand out on this album though.
11.05.2007 - 22:52
This album is very consistent, i remember it was the first one i listened from necrophagist and it wasnt easy to get into in the beggining. After a week I was enjoying every song. It certainly deserves a 9.
Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.

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21.06.2007 - 04:32
I disagree with the uninspired statement, I think that this album is very inspired. So technical, a masterpiece. Id reccomend to anyone....
19.07.2009 - 13:49
Abyssal Zebra
I prefer Onset, there are more ideas. In this one, it's sometimes boring... waiting for the next
02.09.2009 - 21:25
Previous album was much better than this. I found it little bit boring, but overall it is solid piece of Technical death so i'll give it 7.
02.02.2010 - 18:29
Great review, will get it soon
15.03.2010 - 18:08
Written by AyΣm on 19.07.2009 at 13:49

I prefer Onset, there are more ideas. In this one, it's sometimes boring... waiting for the next

i agree.
Υou've sold your human essence to the cold world of dead and empty things... You're SOLD!
24.03.2010 - 23:19
This album is "just" a masterpiece of the genius Muhamed.m/
09.06.2010 - 07:17
You do know that the end of Only Ash Remains is a cover of a Classical Composition. I'm still trying to find out what it is called...
I think the way they do it in their song is amazing. When i find it ill post another comment.
Amazing Album
09.06.2010 - 07:22
Ah! i found it. i believe its called "Montagues and Capulets" or "Dance of the Knights". It is from Act I, Scene 2 of the ballet Romeo and Juliet.
17.10.2010 - 09:29
This album is great but actually it is a bit boring when compared to Onset but overall a landmark in tech death
15.11.2010 - 22:26
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
I love how stefen fimmers plays the 7 string bass thats syck.
Checkout my band here!
30.11.2010 - 21:41
Thrash Talker
IMO it is not boring at all, and I don't see where ppl see that it is uninspired compared to onset. IMO it is certainly more complexe than Onset of Putrefaction and more technical, it might be less Brutal but you can't say that it is uninspired. Lol also, I agree with the review that there is no bad song on this masterpiece. Great work from a great band ! I'm waiting for their next release and Im fucking impatient lol
- I love my technical, melodic, my thrash, agressive and fast paced, my sludge, well thought, my heavy, heavier and my metal, ever-growing -
10.01.2013 - 11:35
I disagree about this being more boring than the debut. Certainly less brutal and more progressive in sound, but the songwriting is more diverse and it feels like a slight step up in all areas - a perfect progression. Makes me want to hear another album even more as Muhammed stated that the songs on the next album are going to be on another level, and he's saving some even better ones he has written for the album after that!

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