Death metal back in the old days was simple, to the point and effective. There wasn’t much complexity when it came to the songwriting and it wasn’t really required. The bands had the liberty to write simple songs, because no one had done it before and hence they did not sound generic. But when newer bands try to emulate that old school 90’s death metal sound, they do it exactly the way it was done back then. As a result they end up sounding like the uninspired and generic version of the classic 90’s death metal acts. Costa Rican trio Insepulto are inspired by the old school form of death metal and they’re also skilled enough to have good song writing. This is a combination of some enjoyable, non-generic death metal and this is what lurks in the band’s second full length, ‘The Necrodex’.
Insepulto’s brand of death metal takes cues from the down tuned heaviness of 90’s American death metal, adds a bit of the Swedish death n roll sound and tops it off with a blackened vibe. The riffs are this band’s primary weapon and they put it to good use. The riffs here are meaty and very infectious. They are placed well between all the buzzsaw guitar moments. There is also a slight hint of technicality in the riffs.
The best thing about this record is that it sounds and feels like a death metal record from the late 80’s, but it also manages to sound fresh. Groove is another thing that these guys put to good use. That death metal groove is perfect for a good neck workout. The blackened tinge that I mentioned earlier brings out the feeling of evil in the album and it goes well with the cover-art.
I guess the fact that these guys have been around as a band since 1993, helps them in emulating that old school feel in their music. Slow, mid paced, fast; Insepulto has got all bases covered and the execution is tight on every single track. The lead guitar parts in particular, sound fresh and it’s something you tend to remember for quite sometime.
While the band doesn’t get points for originality of the sound, they do get a lot of it for execution. ‘The Necrodex’ is a 50 minute slab of death metal that feels familiar, but fresh. Fans of old school death metal would do good by checking this one out.