Necrosadistic Goat Torture - _Maniac's Banquet_
(Independent, 2006)
by: Jeremy Ulrey (8 out of 10)
Browsing through NGT's discography, I notice that of their three releases, none of them contain more than five songs. I know some reviewers either dock points for brevity or at least cap off the highest score they'll give at somewhere around an 8 (this ostensibly has something to do with "dollar value", even though these releases are usually a fraction of the cost of a full-length CD). Personally, I have a certain admiration for a band that may lack the genius to shit out one classic song after another, but work their strengths for all they're worth, and if they spend all their tour downtime honing their craft and only end up with a half-dozen songs or so, hey... fuck it. Better to have five really good songs than to rush through the writing phase and end up with a full album's worth of half-assed material.

_Maniac's Banquet_ won't set the world on fire (although their website bio would tend to indicate they'd like to do nothing more, albeit quite literally). Nonetheless, it's an all around solid slab of workmanlike death metal, with those omnipresent black / thrash grace notes lending color. Or is that the other way around?

"Nekrolog", the opening salvo, fires off with a purist black metal riff, but by the time the vocals kick in they've had a rethink in favor of death, yet unafraid to dip back into their sister genres for added depth. "Immortals" finds NGT utilizing the frazzled antipathy of black metal, but with an obvious predilection for the technical chops that thrash and death metal allow them to utilize. "Faceless" ups the thrash ante with an extended acoustic intro and throwback Bay Area riffing.

While the triad crossover thing -- black / death / thrash -- is becoming increasingly common, few bands get it right to the extent that Necrosadistic Goat Torture has accomplished on this MCD.


(article published 8/3/2007)

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