Lock Up - 'Necropolis Transparent' (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
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Written by Darrel Sutton   
Saturday, 09 July 2011 05:00

lock_upOver eight years after their last album, 'Hate Breeds Suffering', extreme noise supergroup Lock Up finally release a new album. It's been a long time coming, but considering the other activities of its members and the devastating loss the band suffered in the intervening years it's an album chock full of the speed and intensity you'd expect from a Lock Up release.


With Shane Embury, Tomas Lindberg and Nick Barker now joined by Pentagram's Anton Reisenegger, you may have expected a slight change in style but his riffing is as precise and brutal as his much-missed predecessor Jesse Pintado's ever was. 


From the opening blast of 'Brethren Of The Pentagram' it's obvious that this album is taking no prisoners. The intensity of the riffing and Nick Barker's manic blastbeats bring to mind a cross between two of the late Eighties' most iconic albums, i.e. 'Altars Of Madness' and 'World Downfall'. Lindberg's vocals seem slightly clearer on here and give the songs a bit more of an edge and Reisenegger's not afraid to add a few blackened touches to some of his guitar work with some real 'Possessed'-era Bathory guitar work in there. 'Rage Incarnate Reborn' shows this off as much as anything; the strafing riffs mixing with the blastbeats to tremendous effect. Lock Up manage to recapture the time when American death metal was king and used to rip your face off, before everyone became anally retentive about who can be the most technically proficient. Instead they just focus on utterly brutal manic speed, killer pace changes and unbridled murderous intent.


If you yearn for the days when Morbid Angel meant something, sorry make that everything, in death metal and Deicide albums were greeted with open arms instead of indifference then Lock Up are going to make your day.