2021 Best of Metal: #19 Baest-Necro Sapiens

Origin: Aarhus, Denmark

Release date: 3/5/2021

Personnel: Simon Olsen-vox, Lasse Revsbech-guitar, Sven Karlsson-guitar, Mattias Melchiorson-bass, Sebastian Abildsten-drums

At #19, we’ve got another one that is a bit on the grim side. This one’s gruesomeness lies mainly in its lyrical content which hovers around the same gutters as Cannibal Corpse and Carcass dwell. Song titles such as Meathook Massacre, Sea of Vomit and Purification Through Mutilation will give you an idea of what to expect. Now, although the subject matter is gritty, the music that accompanies it is a rockin’ and rollicking affair. You’ve got a more thrash oriented death metal sound that ends up resulting in a downright boozy affair. These songs may be grotesque, but you’ll have a damn good time going on this journey.

4 flip flops out of 5

Baest-Necro Sapiens

Fairly straight-ahead grindy gore driven death metal out of Denmark on this one. It feels like we should be getting a lot more metal out of Denmark than we do. I’m sure there are a shitload of bands that I am forgetting, but off the top of my head, I’m thinking Mercyful Fate/King Diamond and fucking Lars. So, hooray for Baest for upping the count on badass metal coming out from one of my favorite countries. Seriously, if it wasn’t so damn cold there, I would really be seriously looking into becoming a Dane.

That was a bit of a digression. Sorry. My brain goes places, you know. Anyway, lyrically these guys are in the Cannibal Corpse/Exhumed realm of all things gross and disgusting. The difference here is that Baest is fairly accessible musically. Not a lot of surprises, but the guitar work is not so grinding as to make thing messy or unlistenable. Hell, there is almost a NWOBHM vibe in places on here. All in all, this is just a nice slab of death metal that doesn’t get weighed down by a sense of super seriousness. This is a fun one.

3.5 flip flops out of 5