Hailing from Greece, Necrovorous joins the ranks of bands such as Dead Congregation in playing and paying homage to old school death metal. 6 years after their formation and numerous demo releases, the band finally releases their debut full length album Funeral for the Sane. What also caught my attention for Necrovorous is the involvement of A. Devilpig, also from Embrace of Thorns, one of the few Greek acts that has managed to really get me hooked.
Funeral for the Sane opens with Sanity’s Fall, an atmospheric track driven by synths, yet do not be fooled by this intro (like I was on first listen) into thinking that the album is going to be a pussy-black metal wannabe release. As the album starts off proper with Succubus Dormitory, the furiously trem-picked riffs remind listeners of death metal pioneers Incantation, down to the heavy and dark atmosphere present in the music. Even the vocals of A. Devilpig reminds listeners of the aforementioned Incantation‘s John McEntee, abrasive yet not to the point where the lyrics become totally undecipherable. The seemingly random insertions of shouts indeed test the sanity of the listener.
The influences from old school death metal bands do not simply end there. The crushing guitar tone and chugging riffs, backed by the rumbling bass of Tolis B. reminds listeners of fellow Greek countrymen Dead Congregation. The band also constantly breaks into slower and almost doom-paced segments such as at the end of The Flesh that Smiles and tracks like The Vilest of All Dreams, reminiscent of the dark style of death metal that bands such as Incantation has also helped to popularise. The frantic solo at the beginning of The Vilest of All Dreams, in addition to displaying the abilities of guitarist A. Devilpig, adds a nice touch to the overall feel of the music, further pushing the limits on the listener’s mind, enforcing the theme that has been set with the title of the album. However, not all sense of melody is lost as evident from the guitar solo on closing track, Dwellers of My Flesh. Necrovorous also does not shy away from using synths to enhance the atmosphere on the music, and the addition of synths is with good effect, reminding listeners of bands such as Vasaeleth.
The dark and at times haunting atmosphere certainly ensures that no one finishes listening to the record sane, making this fittingly, the Funeral for the Sane. What Necrovorous has created here might not be entirely original in its style, yet the extremely well execution of the music has certainly made this album sound like a classic in the making.