Wednesday 24 July 2013

I Killed Everyone - Necrosphire (Album Review)

Image of I Killed Everyone- Necrospire

Album Type : Full Length
Date Released : 9/7/2013
Label : Pavement Entertainment

Necrospire, album track listing:
1. A Sanguinary Mass
2. Grimoire I - Evicerated
3. The Devourer Beyond
4. Necrospire
5. Born Of The Abattoir
6. State Of Filth
7. Crucified And Consumed
8. Antipathy
9. Grimoire II - One With The Void
10. The Human Error

Formed in 2008 and hailing from the streets of Chicago, I Killed Everyone delivers a ferocious Slab of Death Core with their new release "Necrospire". Unlike most bands of their genre, I Killed Everyone is influenced by classic death metal bands from the 90's such as Suffocation, Cannibal Corpse, and Morbid Angel. The band incorporates many of these influences to form a unique sound of modern death core with undeniable classic death metal overtones. With brutal, yet understandable, vocals and blast beats galore, this band knows how to pummel an audience. I Killed Everyone has taken the scene by storm and continues to build their brand of extreme music both live and through aggressive social media. Be prepared: They WILL kill everyone

Tim O'Brien : Vocals (2012-)
Bill Williams : Guitars
A. J. Kolar : Guitars (2012-)
Jason Cordero : Bass
Tom Salazar : Drums (2008-)

Deathcore is never going to be the most radio-friendly of genres.  In fact, if played on a radio I very much believe said radio would collapse inwardly on itself like a dying star.  And that’s good – it means the musicians can concentrate on making the music they love without having to pander to any mainstream, homogenised media types.  And here is where I Killed Everyone comes in.  Their new album ‘Necrospire’ is one of the most radio-unfriendly offerings I have heard to date, and that’s put a grin on my face that rivals The Joker’s. 

‘A Saguinary Mass’ begins the entertainment, and it’s a track of darkness, pace and sweeping anger: like trying to tame one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse’s horses.  Once the song ends with a snort of guitar anger, the gallop of ‘Grimoire I – Evicerated’ rides its way into your eardrums, with pounding metal hooves and red fire spouting from its nostrils.  It’s a seething, snarling death metal beast, with Tim O'Brien showing off his amazing vocal range: from guttural howls to banshee screams, he’s got the pipes to ensure a very varied aural attack. 

The sound of regurgitation introduces us to ‘The Devourer Beyond’, and it’s a slow, grinding monster with slight overtones of The Red Shore’s ‘The Union…’ running through it that breaks down into a murderous dervish.  It’s got blast beasts, sick guitars, yet still maintains a sense of unseen menace.  Then we get to the title song of the album, and it’s face-distortingly heavy.  Seriously sick riffs, monster drumming and terrifying vocals- it’s everything you asked for and more in a modern deathcore anthem. 

The sickness descends with the force of a storm as ‘Born of the Abbatoir’ greets us with its malformed presence.  A.J Kolar and Bill Williams are a couple of guitar tyrants: creative yet merciless, each song is forceful and beautiful in one fell swoop.  ‘State of Filth’ emerges in a doom-drenched sweat of guitars and blast beats, and is my pick from the album.  It’s grinding, heavy, pulsing with vital rage and just… alive.  The best music makes you feel alive; and this album and – in particular – this song makes me feel alive. 

If there’s ever a way to describe I Killed Everyone, it would be: audio blitzkrieg.  ‘Crucified And Consumed’ continues the battle by upping the pace and having Tim spit the lyrics out with unquenchable ferocity.  ‘Antipathy’ starts off with a muffled guitar riff, making you listen with greater concentration then on the previous songs.  Then a grenade explodes in your head as the music crashes down upon you.  Fast, pummelling and marvellous, this is definitely another highlight track. 

The final two songs add to the mayhem that preceded them.  ‘Grimoire II - One with The Void’ is just as vicious as its brother tune, but mixed with an almost unholy fervour.  Dealing with post-mortal musings, it’s dark and thrashingly angry, as though the truth about life, the universe and everything has finally been revealed to the band and they are venting all their frustrations about this through these two tracks.  Album closer ‘The Human Error’ is a blasting one-fingered salute to all those fake individuals that seem to have invaded our social makeup in recent years.  The message (to me, at least) is simple: this kind of fake living must not be idolised or given any amount of respect whatsoever.  Live your life how you want it, not how mainstream media portrays it… hey, where did this soapbox come from? 

Deathcore is never going to be a friendly listen, and that’s fine.  This Illinois quintet is loud, brash, and fiercely talented: oh, and definitely not one for the radio.  My recommendation?  Put it straight on your speaker, turn it up loud, and keep your hands raised in a metal salute.  You’ll feel ten times better for it. 

Words by : Chris Markwell

As ever, show your support to the band by checking them out at the various links.  You can buy this release here in a variety of formats. This record is available everywhere now. Thanks to Clawhammer PR for the hook up.