|Label:||Unspeakable Axe Records|
I talked about Trenchrot last year already, when the band released a demo that classic Death Metal fans would certainly appreciate. In February, they released a debut album, with a front cover artwork that appears to confirm the nostalgic flair of the band.
The opening track, "Death By Trenchrot", reminds me of the Swedish sound by Dismember and related acts, although at times we can hear bits of Asphyx. This may be due to Justin Bean's powerful vocals, which are quite similar to those of his famous Dutch colleague. But there is more to come.
The second track could have been born out of Martin van Drunen's mind. The war-like theme of Heavy Gustav, coupled with the melancholic and slow rhythms could fit well with one of his bands. I like the way Trenchrot go from moderate rhythms to walls of sound assaulting the listener. Solos and articulate structures bear testimony to the technical and musical evolution of the north American band.
As minutes go by, I notice that the band constructs its songs as an eclectic mix of various elements of classic Death Metal. In so doing, it pays tribute to many famous predecessors of the genre but also takes great care in crafting its own sound. Trenchrot’s previous discography is included in the record, for the last three tracks are the very same that were released in the "Dragged Down To Hell" demo. What’s more, those who buy the CD on the Bandcamp Trenchrot website will be gifted with a jacket patch of the band.
I strongly suggest you make acquaintance with "Necronomic Warfare". This very solid Death Metal record makes for an enjoyable and diverse listening.