Ritual Necromancy - Disinterred Horror
Dark Descent Records
Death Metal
5 songs (37' 37")
Release year: 2018
Official Label Bandcamp
Reviewed by Andy

Starting as merely one instance of a great cloud of Incantation worshippers, Ritual Necromancy has persisted over the past decade with their cavernous, filthy sound. Disinterred Horror (released by Dark Descent Records, needless to say) continues on this path, serving up a short but reasonably good heap of doomy retro-death tracks.

Starting with a funeral bell, the sullen tones of their blocky riffs introduce To Raise the Writhing Shadows until they speed up to into a chaotic mess, to the sounds of bassist Justin Friday's murky and completely incomprehensible vocal snarls. At mid-tempo, the riffing is simple but always preserve an atmosphere of ghoulish filth and depravity, punctuated by sharp-edged pinch harmonics. The drums are mixed down to the point of providing merely a steadily pulsing background, and whenever the band speeds up, the mix loses a lot of its individual cohesion; it's Friday's vocals, echoing over the sonic ruins in a hollow rumble, that lends the most menace to the music.

At the end of the day, though, it's hard to keep interest in a band like this unless you really love Incantation so much that you want to hear it again and again. By its very nature, Ritual Necromancy finds it hard to come up with anything that wasn't done before, many times, by their influence and peers. But for Incantation-worshippers, or those who just want a big echoing dollop of subterranean death metal for their day's listen, this is perfect.

Bandcamp: https://darkdescentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/disinterred-horror.

Killing Songs :
Command the Sigil, Disinterred Horror
Andy quoted 75 / 100
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