Another day, another Rogga Johansson death metal album that kicks fucking ass. Seriously, how does he have this much time and this much ability to write ripping death metal? Necrogod is a work with Master Butcher, a scathing vocalist from Costa Rican legends Insepulto and is an expression of classic Scandinavian death metal fury.
Opener proper ‘Worms in Holy Flesh’ reeks of brutal, filthy death metal, like a hyperactive Autopsy. The vocals are savage even for death metal, and the riffs have this timeless, deathly groove about them. ‘The Death Provokers’ gurgles and growls through a two and a half minute thrash, while the immensely heavy ‘Human Misery’ slows the beating down a tad. That track is the highlight of a MCD that never drop in quality from start to finish.
Sounding like it was recorded in a grave, ‘The Inexorable Death Reign’ is created from an ancient evil, an evil that lurks within the hearts of all men and is older than the world. Rogga has discovered the key and each decaying riff drags you closer to the void from which it came. ‘The Inexorable Death Reign’ will be one of death metal’s most devastating releases this year, and Master Butcher is a big part of it. His vocals drip with intensity, and add an extra layer to songs like the pummeling ‘Skull Crushing Death’.
Rogga Johansson can never stop writing death metal as far as I’m concerned. Everything he touches turns to bloodstained gold, and with Master Butcher by his side, Necrogod is going to be a project I’m going to anticipate every release of. Brutality defined.