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A varied but more forced experience - 59%

Byrgan, December 14th, 2010

Necroterio's second full length isn't entirely night and day compared to the debut, however, the style of straightforward death metal with the biggest variation being two vocal styles and a hook, began to take on more abrupt blasts, some breakdowns and a forceful brand of extreme metal that leans more towards characteristics from grind and brutal death metal.

The prior production, that had a dark layer and uniform sound, is altered more for the worse here. The guitars are so deep and distorted that they easily get drowned out by the vocals and drums. The snare was tuned tighter than other bands in genre on the debut, but here it's to the point of jeopardizing a rip in the head with each snappy hit. When the band is churning out their swampy tunes in midpace it's not always a major distraction, but when stepping up the energy, it creates hits that sound like continual rim shots to everything else being bass, bass, bass. Not really the effective contrast it could have been, as it can make you instantly focused on it when you don't need to be.

Necroterio included more variety, additional tracks and time length, as the debut two times in a row might not have sailed the bulky ship home with further praise. Though where "Lament of Flesh" did succeed is the band was able to glide into various speeds and then stay awhile to mine for resources. "A Rotten Pile of Dead Humans" will have a really catchy part going and then suddenly jump in with those poppy snare hits at a hundred miles an hour, which occasionally have abrupt stops between the action if that wasn't enough. For something that's supposed to be about shock or spontaneousness, it can feel calculated. They seem to have a knack for slow sections, as these less common areas are usually worked through. There are a few that take on Mortician's particular middling thrashy beats. And other areas include breakdowns, but not the synchronized type.

The vocals are still going with screams and growls, except instead of having one just take the lead and the other wait their turn, both can dual up at the same time. It creates a bigger impact when both are spouting their filth at once as just a monotone belching growl on its own might have felt stationary. The guitars escape with some decently catchy portions, and then others try and squash you under its 3 ton weight. Quick samples are used at the beginning of some tracks like Skinless, except the typical one has the quality of one of the most generic '90s computer games.

"A Rotten Pile of Dead Humans" is Necroterio included more elements to their death metal ways. Though some of the abrupt stop-and-go changeovers, MIA guitar and in-your-face snare ruin an experience that should have been steadily pulverizing my senses, as this built off the template and included more changeups than the last.