This, my friends, is Swedish death metal. Death to All is a wonderful brew of fuzzy bottomed Sunlight goodness, corpse painted blackness and Gothenburgian melody. Way over the top lyrics, memorable choruses and buckets of riffage make this album a complete metal victory.
Necrophobic have evidently been around since 1989, but I'd never heard of them. That's what you get for naming your band after a Slayer song, I guess. I have to thank Cosmo Lee at Invisible Oranges for turning me on to this glorious cacophony.
So yes, this is a great album. I know I mention Dissection a lot, but I personally consider Storm of the Light's Bane to be the perfect distillation of 1990's Nordic metal. Necrophobic are a whole lot less serious than Jon Nödtveidt ever was, but their sound is a similarly fantastic fermentation of flavors to me. Death to All goes down smooth.
The guitar sound is malty perfection. The production is excellent and accentuates all the right tones. The riffage rolls along in memorable fashion and is accompanied by purposeful solos that get caught in my synapses.
The vocals are mid-range growls with quite a bit of personality. There are some occasional chanted sections that remind me of the latest Blut Aus Nord. I can handle it. The lyrics are about, well, Satan. Not like basement dwelling, robe wearing, candle burning Satanism. This is METAL about Satan - the kind that makes you want to pound beer, throw the horns and sing along. If there was a pit I'd jump in.
The album is quality throughout - cold and frosty down to the last gulp. The drumming is crisp and accompanies a nice audible bass sound. There are of course the requisite spooky, classical acoustic guitar parts, which work to perfection. I keep coming back to the solos. This is not shredding for shred's sake, but excellent melodic mayhem.
If your taste in metal is anything like mine, Death to All is mandatory for 2009. Crack a brew, hail Satan and try not to take yourself too seriously.