Although a lot of modern Death Metal looks to a highly polished sense of brutality paired with precision, the roots of Death Metal were far more sporadically intense. Taking Thrash to an extreme, Death Metal sometimes shared a raw nature that Black Metal took to the forefront. With this a lot of the older Death Metal bands have a thundering bass and a course sense of punishment that runs through it. Despite the growing popularity and diversity of Death Metal there are many bands that still prefer this under polished atmosphere that feels violent as hell. Ritual Necromancy are one such band.
With Disinterred Horror, we see their second full length album and first since 2014’s EP Void Manifest. They, whether or not through choice, take underground as a badge of honour. Their throwback to a lot of the earlier Death Metal bands is prominent throughout their five track album Disinterred Horror. We also see, borrow from Black Metal, tremolo picking for some sparse rhythms that also feels like the slow treads of Doom Metal. This makes for long songs boasting long riffs that sometimes overstay their welcome but certainly build the atmosphere. It’s dark and punishing, like the deep, almost bestial growls of earlier Death Metal.
This leads to some of the problems with a lot of these bands. Despite powerful atmospheres being built and without any criticism for musical aptitude, they can write themselves into a corner. The band fails to bring anything too interesting to their mix to make the album any more noteworthy than an efficient Death Metal album. Songs like ‘Cymbellum Eosphorous’ have their best and worst aspects, allowing for the riffs to develop with some atmosphere to start to develop into an area that feels like an effective song. However, it takes too long to get there and with the running length of the song coming to eleven minutes, it just is too long to be too effective. Whilst other songs bleed into each other too effectively to become too distinct from each other.
This leads to an album that is both effective and easily missed. A weird mix of talent from some true Death Metallers, fallen in love with their roots, perhaps a little too much. For effective Death Metal there are many bands doing this and, though not amongst the worst, they fail to capture the best either.