Metal Review: Necrophagia: WhiteWorm Cathedral (2014)

Necrophagia: WhiteWorm Cathedral

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“WhiteWorm Cathedral is the most straightforward Necrophagia release of our entire career,” stated band leader Killjoy in a recent interview before “WhiteWorm Cathedral” was actually released. Perhaps no truer words have ever been spoken by a veteran of the death metal genre.

With only 7 albums under their belt, many would not realize that Necrophagia has been in the business for 30+ years. There was a nominal hiatus and a myriad of line-up changes, but through it all, Necrophagia has been pretty consistent. The band keeps it simple and keeps it horrific. There may have never been a more horror metal band out there.

WhiteWorm Cathedral” takes us back to 1987 with its simplistic approach reminding us why we fell in love with classic death metal. Sure, there are a few decent bands out there that play that brand of metal, but I am not sure if anyone plays classic death metal this well any more. Necrophagia is surely the exception to the rule.

Of course, there is something to be said about revisiting the golden years and not having the need to do so. I can genuinely understand that school of thought, but good music is good music to me.

Listening to their latest album, Necrophagia is simply killing it. With a run time of over 50 minutes, there is no shortage of nice tracks, but there is an abundance of massive riffs and explosive crashes sampled with horror quotes and sounds. Even the classic “The Exorcist” gets sampled on this album.

Killjoy shows that he is still relevant and that Necrophagia should be taken seriously. If you have not heard of this band yet (I am not quite sure how that could be), then you need to take notice now.

Necrophagia: WhiteWorm Cathedral Rating

6.5 Stars (6.5 / 10)

WhiteWorm Cathedral Tracklisting

1. Reborn through Black Mass
2. ???
3. Angel Blake
4. Warlock Messiah
5. Fear the Priest
6. Elder Things
7. Coffins
8. Hexen Nacht
9. Rat Witch
10. March of the Deathcorps(e)
11. Silentium Vel Mortis
12. The Dead Among Us
13. WhiteWorm Cathedral