Belched out of the same pit that spawned such blackened metal as God Dethroned comes Cleveland’s Mass Murder Phenomena, with five brutal tracks on Necrotrophic.
“Belligerent (By Your Hands)” is an apt title for the opening track, which starts off the disc like a punch to the face. No intros or grand orchestral movements for these great, this is straight-forward aggression laid out through screeching vocals, blistering riffs and an almost painful low end.
“Unholy Rapture” slows things down and is a slow and steady, doom-drenched track that bleeds into the Slayer-esque “Descent”. Both are awesome in their grim, brooding atmosphere and show a lot of maturity from a band that has only been together since 2010.
“Pile the Dead” picks up the pace before slamming its way into “The White Light” – both of which are more straight-up thrash.
At the end of the day, these guys are probably thrash, but that just seems dismissive. Hell yeah, they channel the likes of Slayer and Testament at times, but there’s more going on here. Like a parasite, Mass Murder Phenomena feeds off the best of the thrash, death and black metal and gives forth something all their own, something Necrotrophic.