Necrology - _Malignancy Defined_
(Great White North Records, 2001)
by: Chris Flaaten (6.5 out of 10)
Dutch Necrology presents potent brutal death metal on this album, which contains their _Cold Skin_ MCD accompanied by five new songs. The old MCD actually has better production than their new tracks. The newer production chokes the instruments slightly, almost as if the music was recorded in a metal box. The band consists of competent musicians, and the music is executed with great precision. The vocals can be compared to those of Cannibal Corpse, but the vocalist sometimes also utilizes some blackish screams. The music lacks some variation though. With brutal death metal, I need large amounts of either variation, technicality or crushing riffs to weigh up for the fact that I get easily bored by the deep, emotionless vocals and, in fact, the genre as a whole. _Malignancy Defined_ presents little to spur my enthusiasm, apart from the old and more epic track "Emotionless", the only track on the album that I don't find completely emotionless, and on top of that it has some awesome riffs. This is a promising death metal act, however, and they certainly have enough talent to become a big thing within the genre.

(article published 12/8/2001)

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