LOCK UP — Necropolis Transparent

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4.56 | 4 ratings | 2 reviews
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Album · 2011

Filed under Deathgrind


1. Brethren Of The Pentagram (1:36)
2. Accelerated Mutation (1:36)
3. The Embodiment Of Paradox And Chaos (1:51)
4. Necropolis Transparent (1:56)
5. Parasite Drama (3:00)
6. Anvil Of Flesh (2:25)
7. Rage Incarnate Reborn (3:10)
8. Unseen Enemy (2:19)
9. Stygian Reverberations (2:13)
10. Life Of Devastation (2:29)
11. Roar Of A Thousand Throats (2:08)
12. Infiltrate And Destroy (2:38)
13. Discharge The Fear (3:40)
14. Vomiting Evil (2:34)
15. Stigmatyr (Bonus Track) (1:51)
16. Through The Eyes Of My Shadow Self (2:23)
17. Tartarus (Instrumental) (3:19)

Total Time 41:08


- Tomas Lindberg / vocals
- Anton Reisenegger / guitars
- Shane Embury / bass
- Nicholas Barker / drums

About this release

Released July 1, 2011, on Nuclear Blast Records.

Japanese edition contains two extra tracks:

18. After Life In Purgatory (Version 2011) (1:57)
19. Feeding On The Opiate (Version 2011) (1:32)

Thanks to Time Signature for the addition and umur for the updates


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"Necropolis Transparent" is the 3rd full-length studio album by multi-national grindcore/death metal act Lock Up. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in July 2011. Lock Up is a project act originally formed in the late nineties by bassist Shane Embury and guitarist Jesse Pintado both, at the time, from Napalm Death, drummer Nicholas Barker (Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir) and lead vocalist Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy, Pain, Bloodbath). This constellation recorded "Pleasures Pave Sewers (1999)". Peter Tägtgren was replaced by former At the Gates vocalist Tomas Lindberg for the band´s 2nd studio album "Hate Breeds Suffering (2002)" and "Necropolis Transparent" sees yet another lineup change as guitarist Anton Reisenegger (Criminal) replaces the late Jesse Pintado.

...what hasn´t changed one bit is the intensity and aggression of the band´s delivery. Full speed ahead grindcore with death metal elements. These guys are some of the most seasoned artists on the scene and it´s audible. Tight yet organic precision playing and a fiercely aggressive vocal delivery are what you´ll get with this album. The music does become sligthly one-dimensional and it´s actually not until track number 17 "Tartarus", which is the closing track, that the pace is lowered and the band deliver something else but high speed grindcore intensity. It doesn´t affect my overall rating much, but it would have been nice if the tracks were easier to tell apart.

With that said "Necropolis Transparent" is still a very well produced, well performed and well written grindcore album and definitely one of the top albums of the genre in 2011. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.
Time Signature
Roar of a thousand guitars...

Genre: grindcore/deathgrind

This stuff is simply awesome. It is one of the best grind releases I have heard in a very long time.

There are plenty of blastbeats, of course, and loads of brutality on this album, but Lock Up successfully prevent the album from becoming monotonous - there is a general tendency, I think, for music which has many blastbeats to become monotonous to the extent that the blastbeats simply lose their brutality. But not here. Lock Up combine the blastbeating grind sections with energetic thrash metal and hardcore punk riffage with d-beats and thrash metal polka beats to boot. And there are also heavier passages and a couple of groovy elements too - hell, there are even some black metal-like riffs every now and then and some melodic things now and then.

Consequently, the music on this album is very energetic, and one cannot help but wanting to headbang like a madman and mosh about in the living room - it's that great. Thomas Lindberg's vocals sound more aggressive and angry than ever, and that suits Lock Up's brand of grindcore perfectly.

With an average length of around two and a half minutes, the songs are relatively short. This is a good thing, because, by keeping the songs short, Lock Up ensure that the music does not lose its energy, and the intensity is kept at a high level all the way through the album.

This is grindcore just the way I like it. It's aggressive. It's varied. It's energetic. The musicianship is high and the production is taken serious without being too polished. For my money, this is the deathgrind release of the year.

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