No doubt about it, Sweden really is on a roll as far as metal goes at the moment, and looks set to dominate the death, black, thrash and old-school metal genres for some considerable time to come. Since everyone over there appears to be in about five bands, it’s unsurprising to find that Necrocurse contains a number of extreme metal alumni and while they might not quite qualify as a supergroup, the fact that they contain members of Runemagick, Masticator and Nifelheim certainly makes them an interesting proposition.
Necrocurse: Grip Of The Dead
Swedish veterans exhume their country’s death metal glory
Despite apparently forming almost 10 years ago, Grip Of The Dead is the band’s first full-length release following a series of recent EPs and draws heavily on the country’s early death metal bands, the fast and frenzied riffing combining with slower passages in a manner that recalls the likes of Nihilist, Grave and Repugnant.
Organic and unfussy, it’s a catchy and spirited affair, topped off effectively by the screams of the inimitable Hellbutcher, a touch which gives the record a slight old-school black metal overtone. Needless to say, it’s hardly original but as far as this sort of thing goes you could do a lot worse.