Bart M. : One of the things that Outre-Tombe proves is that French is an excellent language to grunt in and fill out a nice piece of death metal with. Even though I do not understand most of what is sung, I think titles such as 'Concile Cadavérique', 'Aberration' and 'Vengeance Spectrale' do not leave too much up to the imagination, and everything here indicates we are in for a good old fashioned death metal ride.
And that is exactly what we get. 'Nécrovortex' starts off with a delicious vibe in 'La Crypte', and when I say delicious I mean metal that somehow reminds me of Bolt Thrower after a couple of espressos. The music waltzes over you like a bulldozer over concrete and the deeper we get into the album the more it becomes evident that Outre-Tombe succeeds in creating music that is reminiscent of the golden early days of death metal yet has enough specific input to make this a very interesting record. This time there is no story about how this style is successfully combined with that style, instead Outre-Tombe looks for the boundaries within this genre and even manages to stretch and expand them by playing fast and tight rhythms while peppering them with melodious chords and riffs. This will make the songs stick in your head and you should not be surprised to find yourself unconsciously humming them afterwards.
This album is like a whirlwind that grabs you by the ears and does a really good job at stirring everything up between them. This is of interest to all fans of the genre, and I think that it is a formula that will especially wake up the people who want to stick by their old school roots.