Necrophobic are one of the classics of the legendary old school Swedish death metal scene, along with underground titans such as Entombed, Dismember, and Carnage. They remained slightly less known then the aforementioned compatriots but nonetheless command great respect in underground circles and bring a lot of history with them. If you are at all familiar with and love old Swedish death metal then you will instantly know where the gratification will come from here.
Satanic Blasphemies has nine songs brimming with evil vibes and the trademark buzz saw guitar riffs that are so prevalent in the genre. Think Entombed circa Clandestine or Carnages Dark Recollections for further reference. The songs are never too fast here but rather fluctuate in tempo and always remain savagely raw.
This collection is comprised of re-mastered material from the bands infant years. It contains songs from their first two demos: 1990s Slow Asphyxiation and 1991s Unholy Prophecies along with The Call 7 EP from 1992 and a deluxe twelve-page booklet.
Its enough old material to have fans salivating, and listening to it you are struck with how the band seemed to find their voice so early on. One of the reasons these guys get so much respect is, apart from the great music, the fact that they have never changed their sound. It has always been based on death metal with a heavy touch of black metal, which is where they also slightly differ from the above mentioned colleagues. They may have found their feet fully later in their career and sound a tad unpolished here but still recognizable.
This is most evident in the melodic, heavily frostbitten guitar melodies in the title-track but theyre also interspersed throughout the album. It is cold sounding as only music made in Scandinavia can be. Bands like Necrophobic never excelled technically but with small means they have always managed to outdo most modern metal bands that think its important to sound as technically adept as possible.
A song like Sacrificial Rites with its swarm-like riffs, shifting tempo and sick growls will always sound more savage. The guitar playing gets even grimier and scuzzier in Unholy Prophecies but still maintains the underlying melodic quality. The guitar harmonies are one of the bands best features and contrast well to their otherwise feral attack. Get involved.
7.5 / 10
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