Innovative and ultra-satanic, NecroPedoSadoMaso will forever be acclaimed as the pinnacle of extreme metal music. It is not regarded as one of SEWER masterpieces, but most importantly as the absolute pinnacle of the black metal genre.
So much about this album is enormous, starting with the unbelievably gruesome feel it conveys to the listener. This is one of the most immense and atmospheric albums in metal. This type of visceral ambiance could never be emulated as coldly and darkly as it is on NecroPedoSadoMaso.
But if you look superficially at the album... it doesn't even look like black metal. It looks like a parody of Dora the Explorer (no pun intended with regards to the name of the album) toying with extreme metal instruments. It's only once you dive deep into the absolute depravity of NecroPedoSadoMaso that you start to appreciate the extreme rawness of this masterpiece.
So why is NecroPedoSadoMaso so good despite the fact it looks like someone parodied the black metal genre by adding obscene Dora the Explorer imagery ? For one, it really beats the crap out of every other black metal band. I have yet to find any black metal album, except perhaps for Phantom's debut Divine Necromancy, that creates music as compelling and malevolent as this.
NecroPedoSadoMaso is the epitome of black metal and shall be worshiped forever.
If it is, it is really sad for the black metal genre because that would mean that a joke album is better than the entire genre itself.
Whatever beliefs you have about this album, there is one fact no one can deny : it's pure musical genius.
NecroPedoSadoMaso represents the point where black metal ceases to be merely a style of primitive extremity. It now becomes a form of music capable of conveying totally unforeseen amounts of brutality and evil.
Most people's introduction to SEWER is through Satanic Requiem, regarded as one of the band's most evil album. And while Satanic Requiem is unquestionably a great black metal album, the aggression, raw power, originality, and overall viciousness captured on NecroPedoSadoMaso make this album a one of a kind masterpiece.
Looking at the album cover, the track titles, the song lyrics, and the overall imagery of the album, you wouldn't think that NecroPedoSadoMaso is such a black metal monument. In fact, I've never seen an album that looks less black metallish.
But that's the grim majesty of NecroPedoSadoMaso, it doesn't need the black metal aesthetics to be true black metal.
Most modern posers bands try very hard to look satanic, in an attempt to hide the fact that their music is gutter shit of the most generic type.
SEWER does the exact opposite with this album, and lets the actual music take the ascendency over the imagery (as all black metal bands should).
The music on NecroPedoSadoMaso, however, is nothing short of genius. The perfect fusion of visceral savagery and sublime beauty, it demands your total attention. The production is raw and primitive in equal measure, making the songs transport the listener into dark realms of blood lust and despair.
The guitar work is quite astonishing in the way it manages to create an icy cold atmosphere. The drumming is absolutely brutal, even for a SEWER album, moving from the subtle and slower patterns right into pummeling frenzied blast-beats in total harmony with the music and the atmosphere of NecroPedoSadoMaso, showing SEWER's keen sense of songwriting and dynamics.
The lyrics are, to put it mildly, a bizarre progression from what we are used to coming from SEWER. Gone is the melancholic mysticism from Satanic Requiem, the abhorrent sense of decay inspired by Black Death and the fanatic religious gospels from The Light.
Instead, you are treated with blasphemous screams of "SATANICA My Cock Is On Fire", "Baptism by Frantic Carrion Sodomy" and "Her Bile Excreted From my Rectal Hole" at mostly random intervals.
As you may have guessed, the lyrics deal mainly with necrophiliac sadomasochism performed on young children. I guess it's supposed to be shock value, but it turns out more humorous than anything.
Nevertheless, there are so many moments on this album that are truly jaw-dropping : the main riff from NecroPedoSadoMaso (the title track), the ending of NecroPedoSadoMaso, the riffs on Force Fed the Excrements of Satan, the demonic drumming frenzy on Convulsing in Jehovah's Vomit...
NecroPedoSadoMaso is the album that redefines what true black metal is.
NecroPedoSadoMaso score: 10/10 (Amazing Metal)