Massive Metal Monday: Necrophagist “The Stillborn One”
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Germany’s Necrophagist are pioneers in the field of technical death metal. These virtuoso players have been honing their craft since 1992, but due to founder and guitarist Muhammed Suiçmez’s meticulous perfectionism, they have only managed to release two albums, 1999’s Onset of Putrefaction and their 2004 masterpiece Epitaph.

Loyal fans across the globe have been waiting for over a decade for the release of the follow-up to Epitaph. The band swears that they are still actively working on the new album and that it will be released when Suiçmez feels that it is ready. Let’s hope that the wait is worthwhile and the prolonged production hasn’t taken any of the bite away from their assault, because as it stands now, the only competition that Necrophagist faces in the world of technical death metal comes from their own canon.

My selection for this Massive Metal Monday is the second track of Epitaph and it is called “The Stillborn One.” Enjoy and keep your eyes open for that new record… just don’t hold your breath for it.

When I was growing up in rural Indiana in the early ’80s, there was very limited access to heavy music. These were the days before MTV blew up with the whole hair metal, Headbangers Ball phenomenon. But on Sunday nights, there was a two-hour radio show that came from WOXY, just across the state line in Oxford, Ohio (home of Miami University of Ohio). It was called Massive Metal for the Masses, and I would wait all week for it to air. It was through this show that I was introduced to bands like Venom, Bathory, WASP, Michael Schenker Group, Slayer, and countless others. This Monday weekly column is my tip of the hat to that show. I call it Massive Metal Monday. Every week, I will pay tribute to defining moments by the artists that laid the groundwork for heavy metal to become the worldwide cultural bond for all of us metal heads.

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