Saturday, August 5, 2017

Single Review: NECRORITE Necronomicon Ex-Mortis

Necronomicon Ex-Mortis
We know this isn’t the first time a song was dedicated to Sam Raimi’s horror classic The Evil Dead since its 1981 theatrical release and its ascendancy to cult status. It was done by Necrophagia, Deicide, Mortician and countless other bands since the 80s. Now that The Evil Dead has spawned two sequels, a stage musical, a remake and a TV series featuring Bruce Campbell it wouldn’t surprise me if this was to continue in the future. It’s one of the most celebrated movies in underground metal, and it has become a tradition of sorts to pay homage to Raimi’s vision. What more can be said about an independent film that inspired underground death and black metal bands far and wide? Necrorite’s Evil Dead tribute Necronomicon Ex-Mortis was recorded in June and given an exclusive Bandcamp release on July 2. Being that Necrorite is based in Rumania (the drummer is from Mexico) they have a purist attitude and distinguishable ties to death metal from 1986 to 1992. All the thumbprints of early DM are highlighted in this five-and-a-half minute track: clouded, porous guitars, rasping, distorted vocals, callow, coarse percussion and a gnarled bass sound. Production-wise Necrorite is comparable to old Sarcofago, Beherit and Blasphemy; the energy those bands channeled into their material is indicative of the energy displayed here. A brutally scant lyrical approach correspondingly attains the classic DM theme, laying bare the movie’s occultic events with a clear impression the band studied the narrative with dedication: “Evil resurrection/Demons from beyond/Kandarian invocation/Naturom Demonto/Human possession/Evil is unleashed.” Note the inclusion of the term Naturom Demonto which the ancient book the ill-fated friends discover in the old cabin is referred to in the screenplay. This attention to detail shows the band’s alacrity and extreme fondness for horror. At Necrorite’s Bandcamp profile you can stream an EP, an anthology and two split releases with Necroven and Necrophile. And new fans of The Evil Dead can check out Sam Raimi’s 1978 short Within The Woods, a low budget early version of The Evil Dead featuring Bruce Campbell and Ellen Sandweiss. And remember, “you’re only cursed by the evil spirits if you violate the graves of the dead.” -Dave Wolff

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