NECROBLATION (STAB YOUR SELF)

  On the ever progressive metal landscape, either a band greatly brings forth the traditional sounds of sub/genres or they are converging genres uncombinable—maybe deemed polar before. The latter is almost a filled gap as many a modern band is multi-faceted—even if a slight hint of their influences, with its pros and cons.

  Necroblation hails from the amalgamating side of metal. This is a Grind-peppered Thrash band with equal measure Death Metal—whose riffs at times evoke Woe Of Tyrants, given that both are thrash-riffing oriented. Not that it matters, but the two also happen to share religious stance.

  As a part grind machine, there are expectations of a fast-paced songwriting approach. Regardless of the excellent instances of ferocious display of energy, it is an aspect that the band does not completely fulfil. The furthest it goes to full grind is on Uncontrolled Rage. An apt title whose missive could be regarded as the album’s breather; gutted between longer tracks.

  A portmanteau of “Necro” and “Oblation” that provides the bands name significantly unravels well with the sophomore’s sleeve art—a proclamation of finally finding and coming to terms with their identity. Parallelly providing an altar at which fuzzily and not-so-clean production—that succeeds in laying a fantastic atmosphere—portrays the sonic proliferations at hand. Notably, the mergers are not as fledged out musically, as would be the case of bands that seek an onslaught of most of their influences in a single offensive—take A Crime of Passion. Necroblation rather achieves this by making their expressions stand alone. Both are ways that work out—while the former risks overwhelming the listener, and the latter provides a situation for surprises, not umlike jump scare.

  Child of Illusion comes out as the standout track—to apply the triviality of the word’s literal sense—as it really is the record’s magnum opus. Given the premises around this track, it easily qualifies as unconventional Black Metal. It is hazy enough to let souls wallow in the desired invocation; also applying a Black Metal convention, a bass drop that hits once the song starts. Considering the ensuing track, it is quite admissible Stab Your Self is more on straddling around genre staple, albeit with polished input, but not necessarily breaking new ground.

  This is a great walk-through across a number of sub/genres thrash holds together—from black metal to grindcore—with a stellar performance envisioned in the instumentals. To the convergence of sub/genres, good effort.

  3.5/5

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