Now this is a throwback for you. First off, I have some hometown metal in Philadelphia’s own Goreaphobia and then you have their latest release, Apocalyptic Necromancy, which oozes 90’s death metal. Even the album title is bleeding classic death metal. Formed way back in 1988, Goreaphobia can be said to one of the early death metal bands, and having operated primarily on the underground scene, they are also one of the lesser known death metal acts.
Circle back around to 2011 and what do we have? Well, not quite what I would expect. As much as I like the classic death metal sound, the main problem here is that there is nothing new here. It was as if Goreaphobia had these tracks laying around for 20 years and just released them now. I understand that they want to stay true to their classic metal sound, but with no progression, all of their songs sound the same. That is not to say that this is a bad release in any way. I am enjoying the hell out of it.
Some of the standouts on the album are Void of the Larva Queen, Shroud of Hyena and the title track Apocalyptic Necromancy, but overall, there is not a track that I do not like on here. If you want to take a trip down death metal history, you could do much worse than starting in the present with Goreaphobia.
Apocalyptic Necromancy Track Listing:
1. Apocalyptic Necromancy
2. Xurroth Rreeth N’Vez Helm (City of Rot and Decay)
3. The Attractor
4. Void Of The Larva Queen
5. Shroud of The Hyena
6. Footpaths In The Vortex of Doom
7. Darkstar Dementia
8. Igigi Reactor
9. Totem Of The Vulture
10. Sigil On Death’s Hand
11. White Wind Spectre
12. Rust Worms And The Noxious Fevers They Bring
Legendary Philadelphia death metal battalion, GOREAPHOBIA, are pleased to join forces with Dark Descent Records for the release of theirÂ long-anticipated new full-length, Apocalyptic Necromancy. Slated for release on August 9, 2011, the follow-up to 2009’s Mortal Repulsion, was recorded, mixed and mastered by drummer Jim Roe and features new guitarist VJS (Kult ov Azazel, Crimson Moon, Demoncy, etc.).Â
Chris Gamble – Vocals/Bass
Alex Bouks – Guitars
Jim Roe – Drums
VJS – Guitar