DEATH COURIER – Necrotic Verses

Rating: 2.5/5
Distributor/label: https://www.facebook.com/transcendingobscurityrecords/
Released: 2020
Buy Album: https://deathcouriergreece.bandcamp.com
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/Death-Courier-423460954403378/

Band line-up:

Billy Soulas – Bass and Vocals
George Petousis – Guitars
Ilias Iliopoulos – Drums

Tracklisting:

1. Necrotic Verses
2. Mourning Ecstasy
3. As Heaven Blends With Rot
4. When Death Fits To Skin
5. Interlude
6. Pillars Of Murk
7. Morsimon Imar
8. Immune To Burial
9. Visceral Slice
10. Remnants

Review:

The legendary Death Courier are a Greek death metal band on Transcending Obscurity Records. They were one of the first of their kind in their country. They released a number of demos all the way back in 1987 and unleashed an album and an EP in the early 90s. More than three decades later on 5th June, 2020, they will be showing the world one of the most anticipated albums to come from Greek extreme-metallers; their third full-length ‘Necrotic Verses’. It is for fans of Slayer, early Death and Vader.

First things first, there really isn’t much variety on this album. Rather, the band have a very simple formula they usually stick to – play wild tremolo picked guitars then slow things down and play palm muted power chords. The same kind of scales get used repeatedly and the riffs are almost always forgettable. (Apart from the ones in ‘Visceral’ which almost have a neoclassical vibe and the ones in ‘Remnants’ and ‘Mourning Ecstacy’ which are classic thrashers). The drumming is even less creative. The blast beats get annoying quickly and they really do sound fake. The singer grunts with no individuality and the bass guitars simply copy the guitars, most of the time. There are some individual bass parts which are pretty cool, but they aren’t as common as many would like. The bass line in ‘As Heaven Blends With Rot’ has a great doomy sound, though. 

So the songwriting is rather amateurish, here. But does that matter? It’s all about the adrenaline, isn’t it? DC certainly get the listeners pumped with their rage-filled precision and to be fair, there are some twin guitar parts that add depth in the form of eeriness and despair, but they’re not as frequent as one would like, either. It’s often the case here that the more creative elements sound rushed and underdeveloped. There are some guitar solos on the album which are moderately flashy, but if you’re into your tech death metal, you most likely won’t be too impressed with them. They certainly aren’t bad, though. 

In conclusion and despite the world’s most unspectacular drum intro to a death metal album, this LP IS fun, it’s just average in almost all areas. Again, there are definite highlights, but as there are similar albums out there that are constantly thrilling and inventive, they kind of make Necrotic Verses seem bland. Of course there is nothing wrong with being made to wait for the strongest ideas, but many death metallers aren’t known for their patience. Yes, the majority of the riffs here ARE raging, but they’re just not the same as the more adventurous ones in Nile, for example. But don’t take my word for it, check out one of the band’s songs, below!

Review by Simon Wiedemann

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