Oakland-based old-school death metal squad NECROT, featuring within its ranks current and former members of Acephalix, Vastum, Saviours and Watch Them Die, has joined the Tankcrimes Records roster for the release of their The Labyrinth full-length.
Formed by the initial duo of bassist/vocalist Luca Indrio (Acephalix, Vastum) and drummer Chad Gailey (ex-Vastum), and subsequently rounded out by guitarist Sonny Reinhardt (Saviours, ex-Watch Them Die), NECROT are one of the most punishing, savage and treacherous death metal acts to ever tread Californian soil. Initially forged in 2011 as a side-project of Acephalix, NECROT have since then built a devout following in their native Bay Area and beyond, and have become known as a merciless and bloodthirsty death metal killing machine thanks to their bulldozing live sets and their savage and butchering recordings. Since inception, the band has only made their music available as very short and hard to find demo tapes that are now completely sold out, impossible to find and have become something of a cult object or collector’s item, elevating the band’s reputation to that of absolute cult and DIY monument in the Bay Area underground metal scene. Taking cues from legends like Asphyx, Bolt Thrower, Grave, Discharge, early Sepultura, early Morbid Angel, and Entombed, NECROT have thus far existed as a power trio with the build and attitude of a bloodthirsty tank. NECROT’s music is a literal onslaught of buzz-sawing death metal riffs and spine-rupturing rhythms – an authentic sonic bludgeoning that can batter the listener’s flesh into complete submission within seconds, and which owes much of its crude heaviness and primitive ferocity to old-school death metal just as it does to (crust) punk.