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   NECROPHAGIA
The Divine Art Of Torture
2003
Season Of Mist
http://www.necrophagia.com


rating: 4/5

1. Blaspheme The Body
2. Upon Frayed Lips Of Silence
3. Parasite Eve
4. Maim Attraction
5. Rue Morque Disciple
6. The Sick Room
7. Conjuring The Unnamable
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9. The Divine Art Of Torture
10. Ze Do Caixao
Five years have passed since the last release of the uncrowned kings of horror-gore, Necrophagia. The wait is over and they are back with a fresh album, "The Divine Art Of Torture" now. I can`t say either they were just resting on their laurels, since all of them are involved in other bands. Just Killjoy himself is into 10 bands, running a DVD company and a record label, he is making films and he is working on his book, .... who knows what else might keep him busy? One thing is for sure, he is living at 24/7 with his obsession in horror for nearly 20 years when Necrophagia started in 1983. Of course there were shorter, longer breaks during the two decades. And through the years he gathered well known, famous or infamous musicians from the metal scene around himself, working on Necrophagia or in his other musical ideas. Just to mention some names Phil Anselmo was involved, now it's Iscariah who is working with him and he even brought Mirai Kawashima (Sigh) over, whose name might be known for those who are into the Japanese metal scene, for the creation of "The Divine Art Of Torture".

The first thing your ears can realize at TDAOT is that they sound heavier and darker and due to this the whole stuff sounds more brutal to a certain extent. The eerie, spooky horror atmosphere is there in every song, making the album a bit soundtrack-like. We should mention here Mirai who is responsible for the keyboards, exactly he is the "grand inquisitor of pain, torture and hautings". The short horror samples are there but the main focus is on the music now. Their typical riffings - I`m sure they want to break our necks - and the voice of Killjoy - whose job is highly effectively determined as black blood vomiting and corpse shrieks - are the two most recognizable addition of Necrophagia. (Actually, all the band members have similar, apposite titles. For example Iscariah is the "desecrator of goat`s blood and cloven hooves".)
The songs are mostly mid paced with double bass attacks, changes and with their eeire sound ideas dancing on our nerves. Basicly it's fine death metal, just really spiced up. If you have a fertile imagination, don`t listen to this at midnight..."the soundtrack to your worst nightmare". I don`t want to pick out any specific song because all of them are viable, little horror compositions. You can choose only after their lyrics which one stands near to your soul.... Just don't forget, "you are what you are listen" stands on the cd.

Fortunately we don`t have to wait another 5 years for their next stuff. A new release, "Harvest Ritual", is almost done.

submitted by Katalin 02.06.2003

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