Necrology (Album 2009)
Grade: 4 / 5

Review by Lars Ekenryd for SlaveState Magazine (August 28th, 2009)
Original review (in Swedish)
Translated by: My Own Grave

The second full-length from this quintet of Sundsvall shows the reliable trick of combining Swedish and American death metal in delicate harmony. This time the mix and mastering has been handled by Dan Swanö at Unisound which has contributed to a thicker and more organic sound. The recording though has been carried out in Studio Domsaga and in the band's own studio, Blastbeat. I think that Necrology at times can give the impression of being too thick, verging on becoming noisy. This however does not remove the sharpness of the precision blasting that these guys deliver without compromise.

Despite the improved production, My Own Grave have gone through a real improvement songwise as well. The clear thrash influences that dominated the debute Unleash (2006) are still there but are much more toned down on Necrology. Instead, the distinctive death metal has been lifted to the foreground, and the arrangements lean much toward old-school death metal. The close to abnormal musical skills of this Sundsvall-combo manifests itself in a relentless tempo and creates a symbios between raw, primitive harmonies, and raffinated, innovative arrangements.

This is a type of death metal that is not only more brutal but also careful in the small details. The step from previous efforts is definitely impressive in all its simplicity. This feels totally right for My Own Grave, and their form seems iron-hot like the peak of a volcano spewing forth magma-riffs and d-beat lava in a rigid stream.

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