Necrophobic - _Spawned By Evil_
(Black Mark, 1996)
by: Gino Filicetti (8 out of 10)
This EP is a prelude to Necrophobic's upcoming new release entitled _Darkside_. This disc includes one original track alongside three classic covers. The original song, "Spawned By Evil", shows that Necrophobic haven't changed much since their last album _Nocturnal Silence_. The band is still pumping out the blackish death metal with an amazing double guitar blast to their music. The vocals, however, leave much to be desired; they are nothing more than weak screeches that just don't move me. The next track is a cover of Slayer's "Die By The Sword". With this song, the band completely redeems their own shortcomings. The vocals for this track are not as high-pitched and are definitely stronger. The music here is a supreme adaptation of the original Slayer track and by far my favorite song on this EP. Next is Venom's "Nightmare" which the band has no problems covering, but the rawness which epitomizes Venom is lost. The vocals have disappointingly resorted back to their former state of weakness, which could never compare to those of Cronos. Lastly we have Bathory's "Enter The Eternal Fire", a fine song which Necrophobic succeeds in covering well. The bell chimes present in this song give it a gothic feel and provides the Bathory mysticism which every Bathory cover track wishes they could capture. A fine piece to own if collecting new versions of your favorite songs is your cup o' tea.

(article published 10/5/1996)

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