Album Review: Necrambulant – Infernal Infectious Necro-Ambulatory Pandemic

Necrambulant - Infernal Infectious Necro-Ambulatory Pandemic

Necrambulant [USA]
Infernal Infectious Necro-Ambulatory Pandemic
2013
Full Length
Lacerated Enemy Records
Brutal Death Metal

Since the infectious new Aborted Fetus album early this year, I have been rather addicted to the slam style of death metal, renewing my appreciation for bands like Devourment to Kraanium. Lacerated Enemy Records last year presented to fans of the genre Necrambulant‘s debut full length album, Infernal Infectious Necro-Ambulatory Pandemic.

Without wasting any time at all, Necrambulant quickly sets the tone for the album with Epoch of Nihilistic Cosmic Failure, and the heavily palm muted riffs of Ron, along with that guttural growls of Richard and the relentless blasting of Craig quickly send listeners into a world of crushing death metal. Brutality is the keyword of Necrambulant‘s style of music, and the influences from pioneers such as Devourment and the likes are extremely clear throughout the entire album. Speed isn’t that much of an essence, and even with the blasting of Craig, the entire album mostly progresses at a mid-pace, allowing for the impact and heaviness of the chugging riffs to really set in to the listener.

At the same time, there are slight moments of technicality that is displayed on Infernal Infectious Necro-Ambulatory Pandemic as well, with bassist Chad showing off his chops with the solos that are littered here and there, like on Epoch of Nihilistic Comic Failure. The complexity and technicality that is shown by the band at times, combined with their lust for brutality even brings in some slight Deeds of Flesh moments like on Rise of the Necrambulants, though for the most part such moments are rather fleeting, teasing one into listening out for more. There are even some slight Incantation moments hidden on tracks like Strategic Dismemberment of Anomalous Reanimated Flesh.

Unfortunately, it is this focus on brutality that also makes for this album to be rather flat, with most of the tracks on the album eventually starting to sound like each other with the lack of variation and that same pace that Necrambulant maintains for the most part of the album. Ultimately, the tracks that are more fun and more infectious are the faster ones on the album such as Rise of the Necrambulants, though for fans of slam death metal and pure brutality, Necrambulant‘s debut would prove to be a satisfying release.

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1 comment

    • JLBorum on March 1, 2014 at 5:11 am
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    I like it! Just received the album today finally after a two month wait! I’m usually an avid fan of all things black and thrash and this album was a great change of pace! Thought it was gonna bust my speakers a couple of times. Overall I enjoyed the hell out of it! Brutal slam/grind at it’s finest! Like the review says it maintains the same pace for the albums entirety but I think it’s a fine debut for these guys and here’s hoping for some more stuff soon! Oh and by the way, they have some narly merch! The dead rock!

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