Album: Die For Something Worthwhile
You come home from a long day of work. Your boss spit in your oatmeal, telling you that you’re not working hard enough. You’re already having a bad day; you spilled your Dunkin’ iced coffee on your nice white pants, you locked yourself out of your car, or maybe the men’s bathroom looks like there’s a sign that says the toilet’s a suggestion. Whatever the case may be, listening to good ol’ death metal helps propitate the feelings of anger. Death metal is an outlet for many people and listening to it helps those in difficult times, or maybe it’s listened to for fun. Necrotted are here to take your pissed-off attitude and spit on it. Die For Something Worthwhile is a quick four song EP that shows the band still holds the same agitated aggression from previous records. Incorporating aspects of old-school metalcore with the new-wave of death metal, Necrotted aren’t here to mess around.
The title-track, “Die For Something Worthwhile,” immediately rips into the listener’s ear. Biting into the jaw of the listener, slow chugging slowly progresses into a disgusting metalcore-esque riot before returning to the slow ferocity. This song webs and weaves between fast and slow, almost as though incorporating different parts for the two different singers. One singer has the higher, old Miss May I screams while the other has Despised Icon-esque growls. The blending of these dichotomic vocals entices the instrumentation to make a quick change, but it all comes together conjointly. As the vocals scream, “We’re left to die, so die for something worthwhile” involves a sort of anti-climatic feeling. There’s a tsunami of heaviness in this track, yet the listener is left feeling almost inspired to go do something invigorating with their life.
“Eduaimonia,” meaning “human flourishing or prosperity,” continues the dichomotic aspect of sound and lyrics. While the EP is brewing some bouncy riffs and snarling vocals, there’s still this urgency to invoke themselves as the Muse to people’s lives, and it’s great. This song involves the more metalcore aspects that the band achieves, repeating the phrase “eudaimonia” as though to appear as a song meant for audience participation. This song ends quickly, leaving the listener wanting more riffs that make one want to jump out of their seats and quickly run in a circle-pit.
“Six Feet Deep, No Party Too Steep” is definitely a title I had to look at twice. This song is meant to involve more of the death metal vibes previously given in the title-track. Fast blast beats, higher-pitched power chords, and machine-gun double bass, this song has everything the listener would want from Necrotted. Halfway through the song, a solo comes in and upon first hearing it, I felt like I was thrown back thirty years. The tone of the solo sounds extremely old school: high gain, slow, but eerily melodic. Again ending rather quickly, it repeats the first riff… but slower. A quick breakdown to show the aggression the band isn’t afraid to shed.
Overall, the EP is short but jam-packed with feelings of anger and spite. The lead single, “Weltschmerz,” truly prepares the listeners for what the EP is going to incorporate: quick, brutal riffs mixed with well-saturated genre blending. While the EP clocks in around 13 minutes, there is plenty to unpack when listening to it. The EP emits a rather familiar sound, making it sound familiar while still remaining new.