Album Review :~ Necrowretch - Welcome to Your Funeral (Live)

Live albums have become such a redundant format in recent times. Either cynical stopgap releases or lazily pumped-out contractual obligations, they generally serve little artistic purpose and are destined to gather dust on the shelves of only the most devoted fans. When you talk about death metal bands that have survived more than 10 years and continue to play their trade till date, you often come across many of them celebrating landmark anniversaries whether it be the inception of the band itself or the release of a marquee album from their discography. The trend is to embark on a world tour to perform a “greatest hits” set or a particular album in its entirety. Let’s be honest live albums can be risky, they are usually terrible or brilliant.
France itself is known for producing blackened acts with an aptitude for dark atmospheres and a mild pompous flair. Among all of them another French purveyors of chaos and wrath,bringer of darkness putrid death metal horde Necrowretch unleashed their live incantation entitled “Welcome to Your Funeral” in the starting week of this month with 29:27 min running time along with hellish,skin-ripping ,blood-chilling, raven black and deeply evil death metal artistry. Necrowretch have ended the trilogy with a bang. Mixing death metal with some black and thrash aesthetic was always their forte. Necrowretch serve hellish,satanic,fully blistering, devastatingly sacrilegious, old school death metal. There has been a big push by Necrowretch for this release. This live album is filled with more unearthly, astounding,critical acclaimed,heavy, claustrophobic misery ,enigmatic melodies . This album is consist with 6 tracks. Now I’m straight diving to the point about this live album .

This live albums whole compositions are extremely filthy and unsettling piece of sinister euphoria and unearthly ambiance .Blasting through 6 tracks recorded live Necrowretch delivers an enjoyable black/death album with some thrashy accoutrements. French giants prove not only that they are setting the bar in the world of Black/Death Metal, they also bring their amazing music to the live stage with all the dramatics you would expect from the predecessor work preparing the general Metal world for the upcoming black crusade. This bands each and every members are excellent musician appreciate their unsurpassed quality,ability and skill even on stage. All of their tremendous effort portrayed in this album in radiant way with excellent diligence and nailed it.Their undeniably destructive death metal assault, full to the brim with gnarly black metal and grindcore fringes makes for a record that is deeply unsettling and touches on demented themes with little care for the sanity of its listener.Their musical style ,vocals and other parts of the riffing is straight forward furious simultaneously . The band’s modern day incarnation, which is undoubtedly one of the best live metal acts going around today.
This whole live album consist with all brilliant track reflects the grand diversity of sound brought together on this album . Despite the often fast ,furious,cacophonous ,heavy and barbarous form of black/death metal assaults  laced with dark eerie,gloomy  and occult,arcane atmosphere with a lots of segments of slower,mid-paced tempo too where Necrowretch combines cavernous drum thrashes, evil,devilish guitars ,previously mentioned all  aspects  enriched this album that is very powerful,strong and excellent all at the same time along with a good  balance  of black/death metal music, melody and brutality with strangulated ,filthy,thick,doomy riffs work and those effective rasps simultaneously borrow blackened,gloomy,sinister vibe. "Welcome to Your Funeral"fueled by an immediately magnetic riff and an equally gripping, bubbling bass line, the song is vibrant and fiery. This kind of music dedicated to total aural subversion you need to steel yourself, yet no matter how you gird your loins there is rarely a true escape from the pummelling magic of death metal. The kind of music that swells the heart even as it rips with a fury and speaking of fury, the song eventually ignites in a conflagration of seething riffs and blasting percussion, only then to segue into yet further bounding and barbarous variations, becoming even more dark and predatory by the end. I highly appreciate and embrace this album because of their distinct style . 

well, this live albums opening track “Sprawl of Sin” starts with sonic assailment,obtuse,grotesque,atmospheric sound followed by an onslaught of tremulous ,dark eerie, savage, dense swarm of pestilential riffing  and a wall of blast beating ,spectacular, jolting thunder of attacking  drums laced with aggression,deliberate cadence and easily the song throws open the gates to black chaos . "Welcome to Your Funeral" is replacing gothic imagery and symbolism with satanic and occult references and themes,brutal and nostalgic as the horror. Their whole composition and musical style is impeccable also borrow great atmosphere. They have injected some thrash metal riffs into furious black/death metal style. There’s true savagery in Vlad's growls, and there’s also a morphing of the sensations conveyed by the music as the song progresses, with the seething riffs reaching heights of incendiary ecstasy and the melody turning from grim and ominous to elevating and inspirational.Their musical representation evolves into souls wandering vicious, crushing and ominous wasteland . This whole album gives u pitch-black feel from beginning to the end and I warn you this is a gloomy,blasphemous,vile, infernal journey in live.

This album is filled with a slew of cadence, apocalyptic, squalid, ominous,hellish,filthy, crawling, powerful riffs work .In each track breathtaking,morbidly delicious, scalding,macabre,soaring riffs,bass lineups matched in well manner with hellish,devilish chords and horror sounds are rightly used as an additional uncanny harmonic layer. This whole albums sound  deliver a dissonant,grim feeling,sinister,gruesome,ghastly black/death metal with pure energy . This album indulge strong songwriting and brilliant musicianship .The lyrical segment is lending a somewhat more esoteric and philosophical aesthetic to the entire mysticism of Satanic beliefs. Vocals large, inhuman voice that does well for Necrowretch . Vocals howling  hideous screams, hoarse , reverb-soaked, deep rasps , deep lung-burning roars, immense voice emerged on this album in a well manner and intertwined perfectly with their utterly  spellbinding,obtuse,bizarrely arrogant, mysterious,fully blistering, grandiose,blasphemous  black/death  metal,distant musical style with a lots of thrash metal riffs accompaniment  and  embedded perfectly .The vocals are also a match for the boiling intensity of the music, ranging dynamically through savage growls and lung-bursting cries to make this electrifying song even more intense. Overall you will get  sinister,gloomy,desolate,mysterious ambient from this whole album . I really worship this band . 

Each songs are utterly bloodthirsty,fast, savage and blasphemous odes to early extreme metal .They have incinerate with horrid power.These tracks are designed to fit the mold of manic death metal taking large cues from the black metal aesthetic and hammering out an unholy concoction like thus. Every track is superbly performed and brilliantly captured for the live experience, not just living up to the hype, surpassing all expectations and serving us their unholy communion for our extreme enjoyment. The quality of the recording and mastering is almost as if it was recorded in a studio, although the crowd interaction gives it that extra live feel. Stand out tracks are all of them. The production gives the music a powerful clarity, the blood-rushing drum propulsion and vibrant bass performance producing a non-stop surge of adrenaline. The rocketing rhythmic drive subsides past the mid-point, making way for a new and electrifying riff accompanied by the boom and tumble of percussion before Necrowretch return to the grim ferocity and tumultuous explosiveness of the song’s main course, with the vocals reaching a crescendo of wild barbarity just before this expression of draconic fury comes to an end. "Welcome to Your Funeral" becoming ever more extreme and challenging. Subsequently, performing the live album in its entirety made perfect sense.Overall “Welcome to Your Funeral” whole album is fiendish,infernal,vile, nefarious,primordial, Spectacular,engrossing ,significant,rich.The old school approach to death metal here is almost ancestral in its atavism. Chances are the song structures themselves won’t captivate, but the unholy bedlam spewed out of “Welcome to Your Funeral” will more than do the trick. When it comes to records like this one, the ability to maintain that old-school feel is key, and they for sure stick to old tradition in live. If you are looking for  something different, epic this pure unadulterated,elegantly and savagely decomposed live black/death metal album then it is perfect. Indeed it is incredibly refreshing, riff-dense monster of an album embedded with crust, rust and cadaverous unmentionables.

Album Review done by – Souvik Basu . 
My Rating – 5/5 , Published on 30.09.2018

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