Death Courier – Necrotic Verses

Release date: 05 June, 2020

Label: Transcending Obscurity Records

Release type: Full-length

Best track: Mourning Ecstacy

You can’t really get more Old School then Death Courier. Originally founded in 1987 and split in 1993, the band made a come back in 2009. Necrotic Verses reeks of that good ol’ school grime of who was there at the beginning.

The album as a whole has a beautifully spectral feel to it and the artwork ties in perfectly to the dark slant given by the production. As with many acts from the late ’80s, there are plenty of thrash-y elements in the guitar work. A sleek though adequately gloomy production (almost crypt-like) allows all elements of the sound to shine through: I particularly like the masterfully recorded growling by founding member Bill.

While the blisteringly fast passages are awesome, the interludes and slower sections tend to drag a little and blend into the background. A great album to get you through a need for OG Death Metal, even with a few minor blemishes.

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