16 September 2013
I’ve long felt a bit like Necro Deathmort superfan-apha. They were one of the first bands I reviewed when I started writing for some dreadful little extreme metal zine a few years ago (you get a firm handshake for guessing which one correctly), and it’s lovely to see them getting nerdier and nerdier as they go on.
Necro Deathmort have always been a bit smarter with their influences than most. They were a doom/drone band of course, but they had the wherewithal to shove that stuff in with trip hop and decent electronica, rather than go all daft and play one note every half an hour with the aim of making you poop. Drone and trip hop are a perfect match, and they pulled the marriage off brilliantly.
However, EP1 sees them dispense with the metal stuff completely for a bit. They’ve gone full on 70s/80s scifi/action movie soundtrack here, albeit with the odd trip hop influence to make you feel a little bit cool (if that were actually even remotely possible – don’t worry, it isn’t). For the most part though, this could easily help punctuate a scene where a cyborg Kurt Russell with an eyepatch runs through a devastated apocalyptic New York, punching robots in the face while neon laser fire illuminates a (cheap looking) backdrop of lurid neon-greens and vomit-pinks.
There was a definite sci-fi soundtrack influence on the last album, The Colonial Script, but it was a bleaker 2001: A Space Odyssey influence. EP1 is more Terminator or Atomic Cyborg (watch it on YouTube, it’s fantastic). It’s synth heaven. The third track on the EP, ‘Probe’, is pure John Carpenter. It’s got a driving drumbeat, catchy, droney synths and could easily be in a dramatic night time car chase or something. ‘Kingdom’ on the other hand sounds like something from the computer game Perfect Dark. Wait, come back! This is a good thing, Perfect Dark was a pretty good Blade Runner homage, so its soundtrack had a big old atmospheric Vangelis influence, all brooding keyboards and minor keys.
Actually Vangelis is a pretty good reference point. Some of EP1 basically sounds like Vangelis, if he was a bit of a grump and drank snakebite.
If there was any justice in the world. Necro Deathmort woukld get picked up to do a film or game soundtrack or something, and soon. There are few bands better at evoking a mood, or setting a scene in your head. Especially if the scene is Michael Biehn jetpacking across an alien landscape with a plasma rifle in pursuit of robot-vampires.
Sounds Like: Synthy sci-fi heaven
Standout Tracks: Probe, Kingdom