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Repugnant and Refined - 89%

Five_Nails, July 18th, 2017

With a small hook at the end of a roaring reel, Necrophagist completely jumped to a new ship, finding itself in uncharted waters in its second demo and creating one of its most recognizable songs, “Foul Body Autopsy”. Unlike “Requiems of Festered Gore” this iteration of the band, three years older, embraced Muhammad Suicmez's classical training to enhance an already devastating death metal template, displayed in “Dismembered Self-Immolation”, and propelled it into legend with a newly complex and varied approach.

Though a step up from the first demo, the production quality of Necrophagist's second remains in its grimy and repugnant formative stage. Most damning in this choppy product is a sample of a quick guitar moment in “Pseudopathological Vivisection” that comes ripping out of nowhere, a step out of time, through the bass-heavy mix to sear itself into a single ear and then, as quickly as it came, makes its exit like an overly excited audial rapist who finds completion in the anticipation of his act.

In spite of such a glaring mistake, this self-titled demo shows off a tight and well-practiced band that needed very few tweaks on its money tracks, “Foul Body Autopsy” and “Fermented Offal Discharge”, to make its impression on the death metal world. Loud and shrill, the guitars proudly scream out their horror at finding themselves manipulated by the surgeon's hands and receive no respite from the agony they endure. This short demo is the fork in Necrophagist's path where four songs swap styles between the perfected and primitive punishment that began the band and the classical and refined approach that followed this group until its demise. “Dismembered Self-Immolation” and “Pseudopathological Vivisection” would eventually be relegated to the back catalogue as remnants of a less sophisticated Necrophagist that dared to dwell in death metal's well-documented Hell. “Foul Body Autopsy” and “Fermented Offal Discharge” would go on to become this band's classics, appearing on the sterile surgical platform that a newly cold and calculated Suicmez prepared to present to the death metal world.

Though it would take four more years for Necrophagist to release its first full-length, the band had embarked on an exciting evolutionary adventure throughout seven years of humble gigs and humble demos, culminating in a display of technical prowess to sharpen its cutting edge.

The epitome of technical death metal! - 100%

paranj, March 1st, 2010

If I could end this review in two words, those words would have been Muhammed Suicmez. Do I need to say anymore ? Holy titty fucking Christ, Suicmez is a mastermind and even though people blame him for one-man show offs, I love him (well not in a gay manner ofcourse). His technicality and brutality stand unmatched. This demo stands as an evidence of Muhammed's genius and that too at a very early age. He wrote all the material of this demo when he was around 18 and recorded it when he was around 20. Damn, this is fucking amamzing.

The production is very warm, heavy and clear for a demo tape. Necrophagist always had this element of clear and kick ass production since the start. I mean, I like raw and 'kvlt' production but what's the use if the instruments are lost in a muddy wall of sound ? Muhammed also agreed with this point and the clear production was the result of it. The thing that stands out though is the brilliant and epic song-writting. Many condemn Necrophagist or rather Muhammed of being too technical but I feel thats the best fact about the album. The astounding fact is even though being maniacally technically and fast, it flows well and sounds musical! Hot damn, hats off to you Muhammed!

The guitars on this album kick more ass than Jesus with nun-chucks! The leads, are magical in a way that they mesmerise you and make your eyes pop out. I mean just listen to Muhammed going up and down the fret board unleashing sweep picked arpeggios after arpeggios. The solos are top quality and unbeatable. Most of them sound inhuman. Listen to the last half of Foul Body Autopsy or the solo on Fermented Offal Discharge (which is one of the best songs I have ever heard). The technicality displayed on this album is flawless and can't be described in words. Bow down to Muhammed everyone!

The bass is audible though is not out front like the guitars but still awesome. The bass lines are also complex and unique and they dont just follow the guitar riffs. The drumming is tight, fast and brutal and compliments the phenomenal guitar performance. The vocals, well your regular brutal/technical death vocals but the real magic is when they do it live. Muhammed can growl like a fucking machine while doing six string sweeps live. It's horiffic in the sense that even a human can be capable of so much awesomeness.

All in all, this demo isn't worth a listen. It's worth a fucking thousand listens and more. Though it wasn't ever released to public but all the songs are available on the Onset of Putrefication re-release (with Dismembered Self Immolation and Pseudopathological Vivisection retaining their original mix sound). So, if you still dont have that album then go get it or else you will be missing out on some of the best tech. death in the metal scene.

More organic-sounding than Onset of Putrefaction - 87%

Cronos12390, December 23rd, 2007

Here we have a four song demo of the band Necrophagist. All four songs (in one version or another) made their way to the debut album Onset of Putrefaction, an album that led to a new trend of tech death bands with hyper-fast shredding and polished, mechanical production.

Personally, this demo has more appeal to me than the album itself, mainly because of how much warmer and full of feeling this demo is. The production isn't as mechanical or cold feeling and all the instruments are played by a respective player (There is a rhythm guitar player, a bassist, Suicmez, and a drummer. Not just Suicmez and a drumcomputer). While I think the idea of sterile production might actually be a good idea in theory for technical death metal (Cold, mechanical riffs with surgical precision should have similar production, no?) it hardly ever works out right in practice.

The songs seem to be sketches of what would appear on the later album, not quite yet as technical as they would be later on. Fear not, however, if you expect some of the Malmsteen influenced guitar leads, as they are there in great abundance here. Suicmez's growl is far more human-sounding here(Think Frank Mullen), and he actually tries his hand at varying up his performance (look around 0:34 on Pseudopathological Vivisection).

For a demo, this is damn good production for a lot of death metal bands, even if it would fail Necrophagist's standard. In fact, I wish the album were produced like this.