I just did a search on the word xenomorph to be able to tell you what the band name XENOMORPH stands for. Unfortunately my dictionary didn’t provide me with an answer. I do, however, know enough about XENOMORPH to give them a proper review. I’ve listened to “Necrophilia Mon Amour” many times just to be sure to get the score right, some records are harder than others This Dutch band performs what one could call Death Metal with Black and Thrash influences. It’s not Death Metal of the most brutal kind, but closer to that than Melodic or Old School Death Metal.
XENOMORPH released their first record in 2001, that being called “Baneful Stealth Desire”. I haven’t heard that one but I hear that XENOMORPH consists of good musicians. “Necrophilia Mon Amour” is released on a sub-label called Under Her Black Wings; this is the debut for that sub-label. In my opinion they’ve got a good start. I just hope they manage to keep this quality in the future. I’m saying this because the promo sheet said they were aiming to release only quality music, heard that one before?
Cynicism aside, let me tell you about “Necrophilia Mon Amour”. “Inside Teradome” gives the aforementioned record a head start. This song is a very good mixture of Death and Black Metal, shifting flawlessly between the two. The vocalist handles both styles very well, many could learn something from him, people about to growl and scream that is. If there is one band that I’m certain that some, or all, in XENOMORPH likes, then it’s BEHEMOTH. I’m not saying that XENOMORPH is a blue print of BEHEMOTH, but you can hear the influence. BEHEMOTH is a very good band; XENOMORPH isn’t there yet in my ears, but closer to that than being mediocre or bad, much closer.
“Necrophilia Mon Amour” contains everything from blast beats to really heavy passages, the variety can’t be complained on by others than those who hated Extreme Metal in the first place. Even though I don’t know shit about producing, mixing or mastering I’m able to hear that XENOMORPH used digital equipment when recording “Necrophilia Mon Amour”. The sound is kind of sharp, not the ultimate sound for a Death Metal album. This maybe a result of the Black Metal they have implanted in their music, Black Metal is definitively more treble based than Death Metal, though there are all sorts of bands being called Death Metal these days. The sound quality isn’t of such quality, however, that it ruins my impression of “Necrophilia Mon Amour”.
Picking out any favourites aren’t the easiest task, but I favour the first half of the album. That may be because the same formula is used throughout the record and can wear a bit thin. It could also be that I’m a bit jaded, which doesn’t matter because you probably understood I would recommend fans of screams and shouts to take a listen to this. I think that XENOMORPH will survive in this business if they are a good live band. They have written a good album that almost reaches the very good mark. So if they are able to perform as well, or better, than what I’m hearing hear I’m positive that we’ll see another record from them in the future. (Online January 17, 2006)