In the realms of extreme metal there is no assurance that the grave lays a lasting claim, no protection against the day when long-dormant musical ravagers will hungrily claw their way through unhallowed soil back to the surface, to gnash their teeth and spoliate the air waves once again. Not all such revivals of the ghoulish un-dead turn out to be welcome occurrences, but Necrospell are proving that their resurrection is one to be applauded.
Necrospell took their first fetid breathes in the early years of the ’90s and became one of the earliest extreme metal bands in southern Italy. By 1994 they had recorded a cult demo tape named As Darkness Falls, but by 1996 they had dissolved. Now, more than two decades later, they have returned with a line-up that includes the two original guitarists and new members.
Their new album, Awakening of Tyrants, will be released on November 23rd by GrimmDistribution (Ukraine) with Murdher Records (Italy), and to aid in their reanimation we have a mind-bending new song for you today, appropriately named “Restless Hate“.
“Restless” is one word for this music, but that’s an understated adjective for the exuberant twists and turns the band take as they mount this attack. Make no mistake, it’s a sharply executed attack, but it frenetically bounces around like a wounded but still dangerous beast. The tempo changes on a dime, and so do the drum-and-bass patterns as they chase the veering riffs. The guitarists generate fast, skittering tones; bursts of crazed swarming sounds; and surges of music that seem to pulsate like an engorged vein. And on occasion the entire band lock together to inflict bouts of brutish pounding.
In keeping with all this vicious lunacy (which is technically impressive), the vocalist ejects the lyrics in a mad growling bark, and you’ll also be treated to a fluid melodic solo that spirals higher and higher.
All of this is intriguing as well as savage, but what might surprise you (because you might not notice until the song is over) is that there is a melody within these fierce and feverish sensations that lingers after the song ends, catchy enough to induce a re-play, which you’ll probably want to do anyway just to focus better on what the band were doing the first time they spun your head around.
The releasing labels describe Awakening of Tyrants as “an album where Tampa old school death metal meets Sweden, where echoes from a dark past and morbid Lovecraft nightmares evoke ancient bloody esoteric cults”, and they recommend it for lovers of such bands as Morbid Angel, Mercyful Fate, Grotesque, Dissection, Monstrosity, and of course Death.
The album will be released digitally and in a jewel-case CD format that features eye-catching artwork by Dechristianize Art. Pre-order info is below, long with our premiere and the previously released track “As Darkness Falls” (which is free to download at Bandcamp).
02. As Darkness Falls
03. Under A Dying Frozen Sun
04. Restless Hate
06. Kiss Of Death
07. Necronomicon Gate
08. Awakening Of Tyrants
Length – 29:36