Insepulto – ‘The Necrodex’

Artist: Insepulto

Title: The Necrodex

Label: Memento Mori

Year: 2015

Review by JH

The Costa Rican death metallers return with their second full length aptly branded The Necrodex. The album in question presents 11 tracks comprised of stomping mid-paced grooves interlaced by catchy riffs with a somewhat “blackened” feel to them. The vocalist delivers a menacing grunt, which I find somewhat reminiscent of Chris Barnes, although you should eliminate the idea that Insepulto sounds anything like Six Feet Under. Perhaps there are some similarities in terms of the more “groovier” parts; Insepulto definitely presents a much darker theme.

It doesn’t surprise me that the label responsible for this release is the ever prolific Memento Mori from Spain—a label I have much respect for. Insepulto could be considered as one of the forerunners in the Costa Rican death metal scene, as the delivery is well presented and derivative of bands such as Cannibal Corpse, Vomitory, and Benediction.

The overall packaging is nicely represented which includes lyrics and appealing visuals. I figured an area Insepulto could improve on, is the incorporation of a real drummer, which is guaranteed to benefit the music a great deal. However, I’m not about to let that get in the way of what is most important.

The music holds enough depth to leave a solid impression on the ears of seasoned maniacs, since insepulto brings the riffs with a solid production to back it up. The Necrodex is a competent offering of groovy death metal psychosis that should only elevate their position on the global death metal map.