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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Necrophagia - WhiteWorm Cathedral

Anthemic and creepy, these are the things that define the Necrophagia sound. It has been far too long since Necrophagia put out a record, so long that in fact WhiteWorm Cathedral's  predecessor Deathtrip 69 was one of the first death metal records I really got into! Yet now Killjoy has created something epic and far more powerful than one might ever think possible from a band this late in their career. With WhiteWorm Cathedral Necrophagia prove that thirty one (!) years into their career they still have a lot to say.

I think the thing that really gets me about this record is the cheesy horror vibe of the keyboards that rest on top of the music. They, along with the samples, make this entire record very fun to listen too. In fact, I might even go so far as to say that the sounds of WhiteWorm Cathedral take me back to the first time I watched Friday the Thirteenth. It's distinctly evil, yet some rational part of you desperately tries to remind your sanity that it's all make believe. WhiteWorm Cathedral is a joy to listen too because you can tell Killjoy and the boys had a good time making this record. Necrophagia have produced something fun and brutal, and what more could you really ask for from a band like this one?

Perhaps the best part of WhiteWorm Cathedral though is the choruses. Songs like Fear the Priest have you singing along, even on the first play through. Do you know how hard that is to accomplish with a death metal record? Necrophagia get it, their music is tough and gritty, a reflection of the 80s horror that inspired so much of it. This is the kind of lighthearted obsession with Satan that metal dudes like us love to dig in too. It's what makes metal fun! Perhaps that is the heart of WhiteWorm Cathedral essentially it taps in to what makes metal fun.

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