Buy Album: https://www.recordshopx.com/single/necrobode/split/
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/IronBoneheadProductions
1. Ustolicenje smrti I
2. Ustolicenje smrti II
3. Peste Negra
4. Pisados Pelos Cascos de Satanás
5. Inferno Escarlate
Iron Bonehead Productions are excited to be releasing a special split mini album of the bands Nadsvest, and Necrobode on vinyl format, on 5th March, 2021. Serbia battles with Portugal for a pitch black and devilish cauldron. First up are Nadsvest, who are a duo massively experienced in the underground scene. Their vocalist, Atterigner is also singer of the infamous Norwegian ‘Gorgoroth’, and their Krigeist is the founding guitarist and singer of UK based ‘Barshasketh’. Necrobode on the other hand, unleashed their cult album ‘Sob o Feitico do Necrobode’ in early 2020. It was filthy, raw and violent as is their latest stuff, here.
Nadsvest’s guitar riffs have more in common with thrash metal than black metal a lot of the time. That’s especially true when you get those Metallica-like chord stabs that act as an intro to the real insanity. Other riffs have a Slayer feel that bring to mind slower tracks such as ‘Dead Skin Mask’. There are also some groove metal ideas, thrown in. The singing is a mix of creepy low chants and those familiar shrieks. The former add a stronger and refreshing sense of dark melody, you don’t always find in the genre. And don’t think melodies are for wusses, because the opposite is true, in this case. The cheap sounding keys add a sense of eeriness that bring to mind early 90s black metal, and the frequent and extreme changes of tempo add genuine excitement without being OTT. Everything sounds great, and there is little to criticise… Other than the fact it’s not very original, is it? A very common problem in the world of black metal, to say the least.
Necrobode are much sludgier, and not just in their slower parts. Their fast sections have a kind of muddiness to them that could have worked, if their ideas weren’t so simple. The guitars are highly chromatic ideas that get abused to death in all forms of extreme metal, and there is never any kind of melody to save the day. The band write material that could easily be finished in an hour or so, max. The singer does nothing but grunt like a man-animal hybrid (did I hear him say ‘woof’?’ Must be my ears :S ), which again, isn’t particularly innovative. Even if this stuff came out at the start of the death metal/grindcore era, only open-minded people would be impressed. Or maybe the kind of people who just want to headbang to anything that’s loud and super-heavy. There are some samples used over the band which do add a certain sense of style, kind of bringing to mind White Zombie, but of course they don’t save the group.
In conclusion, Nadsvest are by far the better band. Their music is actually rather intelligent, despite their obnoxious sound. It should please a large range of people due to its genre fusing. Such experimentations are rather mild, but they could perhaps get a thrash fan who is curious about other styles into BM, without him being TOO alienated. Well maybe. Let’s face facts; I don’t have anything positive to say about Necrobode. Their music is bland in all areas, and it’s cliched, too. You will probably only enjoy it if you’re into crazed thrills and nothing else. I’d give the first act and their two songs a respectable 3.5/5 and the latter one and their three tracks, a not so impressive 2/5. So… to balance things out, we get… 2.5/5. Is the album worth getting for the first two tracks? Not really. Personally I’d get some Darkthrone first. Then some Emperor. Then Mayhem. Etc.
Review by Simon Wiedemann