Antropomorphia – “Evangelivm Nekromantia”

Antropomorphia – “Evangelivm Nekromantia” (Metal Blade Records)

Occvlt Metal ov Death – Dutch style! Originally formed in 1989 in the vein of old school death, Antropomorphia recently resurrected themselves complete with the original line-up (strewth, no wonder they look so pale lol – Ed) to finally record their debut filled with necro lesbian lust lol! Even down to the 80s album cover the comparisons to Chuck Schuldiner’s Death are unmistakeable from the bestial vocals to the whirring buzzsaw guitars and pummeling drum work. However, much to my surprise songs like ‘Nekrophilian Mass’, ‘Debauchery in Putrefaction’ and ‘Fleisch’ – which woulda been face rippers back then – don’t actually sound that much more amped up for today. Furthermore, the occult element other than in imagery doesn’t seem to have made one iota of a difference to their style, which although matching in brutality, lacks the amazing catchiness that made Evil Chuck who he was. Ironically, there is still a market for this material and Antropomorphia would have been perfectly poised to capitalize on it, but they failed to understand the changing landscape during their slumber and offered a rehash like a 70s Hammer movie trying to be a 90s Hannibal Lecter.

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