“Destination Nulle Part” is the second album of French Death Metal merchants NECROBLASPHEME. Their first album was released back in 2002, but the band went through the typical musical industry story where their label went bankrupt, so that’s why there was a six year wait between albums.
NECROBLASPHEME play a very old school brand of Death Metal of the Swedish variety (GRAVE, DISMEMBER, etc). Nothing too crazy, just nice and fast tremolo picked riffs mixed in with more mid-paced chugging riffs and slower groove based crushing parts, all in the name of heaviness.
What this album has, other than the endless amount of dynamics in the tempos (which results in nary a boring moment) is this sense of demented evil fun to everything. The album starts off with this amelodic chord pattern, similar to something ISIS would write if they wanted to pay homage to GRAVE’s slower stuff, so the intro track sounds very discordant and twisted. What’s good about this approach is that the song will go on with the typical Death Metal sound, full of fist pumping headbanging action as the music plays on, and then all of a sudden, boom, this very atmosphere of doom-iness just trusts forward, making the riff feel much more ominous and deadly.
Yea, these guys wear their influences on their sleeves and don’t try to re-invent the wheel. Who cares? This album is absolutely fun!
(Online March 1, 2009)