"Destination: Nulle Part"

(Agonia Records 2008)Necroblaspheme - Destination: Nulle Part

Necroblaspheme is just one of those bands in which everything about them is damn odd. Their promo shots feature the band members slathered in a black gooey substance that's probably best not to speculate on what it's made of. The cover of their latest full length, "Destination: Nulle Part," sports a lonely house set against an impossibly expansive sky, marred by a large swatch of more inky stuff. They come up with ridiculous song titles like "2h40 am" and "???>I." The thirty second clip of "Sussudio" right in the middle of the record doesn't help. Plus they're death metallers from France; outside of Gojira, it isn't exactly a country bubbling over with new DM talent.

Necroblaspheme and countrymen Gojira have very different views on how exactly to punish the listener. Whereas Gojira write thoughtful odes to environmental decay and mankind's failings, Necroblaspheme simply lower the horns and brutalize. Taking death metal's classic tenets of savagery and abandon, the band adds a distinct flair of modernity, with the help of clear yet gritty production. Zoupa nails the band's sound to the ground with jackhammer rhythms, while frontman Yann's vocals spill like congealing motor oil over axmen Christophe and Lychar's mechanized, smoke-belching guitar grinding. And while the band clearly has enough proficiency to get all technical if they felt like it, they're way more interested in breaking bones than showing off.

Chalk "Destination: Nulle Part"'s overall listening experience to something else that's odd about Necroblaspheme. There really aren't any memorable songs, riffs, or vocal lines on the album, which is usually a good indication that a record blows. But that strangely isn't the case here; "Destination: Nulle Part" makes a terrific impact while it's actually playing. For all of its sheer force, it's ultimately a fleeting experience. Powerful, yet fleeting.


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