Necrosadik (interviewed here) is a rather prolific solo-project from Mexico. During it's about one year of existence, the band has released three full-lenghts, four splits, two compilations of his own material, and has taken part on two compilations. This record is the latest one of his full-lenghts.
I was rather surprised of the album's nature when I listened to it for the first time, as I didn't know what to expect. The music is really, really bare: the first song starts with a loud and distorted scream, after which a very distorted, lo-fi and somewhat low guitar comes up and starts playing a simple riff somewhat sloppily. Every time the usually echoed vocals, ranging from higher shouts and screams to speaking and something close to what a person on his deathbed might utter, the music on the background fades a lot, occasionally even becoming unaudible. Most of the songs feature just a guitar as the music, a couple feature a piano, one features and acoustic guitar and one features a violin, most likely a synth-sound one - and yes, all the tracks feature just one of these as the music alongside the vocals.
Despite the songs' bare and lo-fi nature the they tend to stay interesting for their whole lenght. The riffs are simple but fairly interesting, vary a lot from each other, and more importantly they conjure up a good and fitting atmosphere for the songs and vocals - there are misses here too, such as the fifth track and it's tremolo-riffing sounds dull and makes the whole track forgettable. Song four is the one with a violin, and it would work otherwise but it's patterns are unimaginative; luckily they have a nicely atmospheric and depressed sound and the hateful vocals are used really well, saving the track. Track number seven with the slow and eerie piano just works plain better, though. The vocals are varying (as mentioned earlier) and their varying styles are employed well into each of the songs' atmosphere, and they have a great deal of emotion in them. It on occasion seems that the vocalist sung too close to the microphone or there is too much distortion in them, and although this is nothing that the album's atmosphere couldn't handle it still messes up the lyrics, thus making the songs less approachable. Luckily the booklet includes the lyrics, but it's still something that the band could work on to deliver a greater impact.
The album might seem a bit too lengthy. The amount of vocal distortion causes the lyrics to be inaudible at times, making them less easy to grasp, and as the riffs tend to be rather repetitive the music can become numbing towards the album's end. This numbing is actually more due to the facts that song eight has a really dull and repetitive riff, song nine has a better one but the vocals moreso ruin it that take use of it, and that the last song is more than nine minutes long doom-esquely slow and minimal track. So, the album's structure could've been more thought out and some compositions would've needed more work to really make the album last for the full 42 minutes.
Based on Necrosadik's "21 years of self-destruction and mass murder"-compilation, which features songs from all of the band's full-lenghts, this one is the most interesting and varying one. The songs from the first album seemed to feature only a bass guitar as the music and the second one featured only a piano; along with the vocals of course. This album sounds more planned out and has more variation than the two previous ones, most likely because this album was recorded in more than a month whereas the two previous ones were recorded in a noticeably shorter time.
Visually the album is rather dull and usual, featuring pretty much nothing that you wouldn't have seen before. The lyrics are luckily good, and they of course should be as they're such a big part of the album. As you may have guessed, they're about life, death and suicide from a depressed and hateful view, and have a good amount of emotion and honesty in them.
The album has it's flaws, sure, but it's nonetheless a really refreshing Black Metal-listen and even a daring release. If you want something new from your Depressive Black Metal, Black Metal in general, maybe even noisy ambient, or are just looking for something that you can listen to while weeping in the corner of your room, this just might be the album for you. Some Les Légions Noires-fans might also find this interesting. An open mind and a taste for lo-fi-sounds is nonetheless recommended.