old school Death metal Genocídio to announce new line-up.

They gave thanks to old members and are annoucing new ones.

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Rafael Orsi and Gil Oliveira “Necromesis” parted ways with Brazilian Traditional Death metal band Genocídio

In note W. Perna and Murillo Leite talked about the invaluable contribution of the old guys to the work of Genocídio and are promising to announce the new guys by tomorrow.

Rafael Orsi joined the band as a guitarist in 2012 and recorded two albums with the band: the 2013 sonic destructive opus In love with hatred and the subsequent Under Heaven None from 2017, their more recent work to date.

Gil Oliveira from Necronemesis joined as a drummer but he haven’t recorded any album with the band. 

Genocídio premiered in 1988 with the self titled EP and later with the seminal full length Depression in 1990. The album influenced bands such as Rotting Christ. 

They have 7 albums and 2 EP’s under their belt.

The only reminiscent member of the original formation is Perna. Murillo Leite joined later on 1993 and sang on the sophomore album Hoctaedrom in the same year.

They were deemed Death/Doom metal in the past but nowadays they play full on death/thrash metal. 

Read the note (in Portuguese) on their official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/genocidiobr/


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Filtheater – Blight of Sempiternal Putrefaction – Memento Mori

Fuck you (and then some)

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I remember when Filtheater started off and K. J. showed me, I was astonished  by such stinky death metal sound.

Now years later, K. J. founds like-minded peers like C.E., R.S. and A.W. (who the fuck are these guys?) to release Filtheater marvelous debut album, Blight of Sempiternal Putrefaction.

Much can be said about it, and the press release suggests bands likes Incantation, Phlegm, Grave, Entety, Rottrevore, Baphomet, Autopsy, Nuclear Death, Embalmer to be compared to. While some of that might be true (mainly Incantation) the sound here is much more pungent: it’s for die-hards of Impious Baptism, Prosanctus Inferi, Impetuous Ritual and Grave Upheaval (how can anyone can get more primitive than that?)

Pure guttural waves of brutal and ugly bellows are delivered by K.J. and the velocity of drums with the semi-confusion coming from a myriad of riffs make the whole process of listening to the album something very dreadful; you know it’s only brutal horrid repulsive death metal (and I like it)!

Made of 9 tracks and clocking in at 37 minutes, there’s no earworms here, but I’d like to point to a track called: Vapors of Human Sacrifice. Extremely vicious, this track will melt your fucking face off with noisy riffs and competent music.

The other fave of mine is Amorphous Bulging Appendages: Pure brutal American Death Metal, (and by brutal I don’t mean any tech or modern trick, just disgraceful organic music), this track is the epitome of the album that intends to be what it is: a state of art disguised as a “tribute” to the old ones.

Okay, Blight of Sempiternal Putrefaction is not a fucking tribute: it’s a masterpiece of behemothic proportions and if you are none the wiser, you can FOAD!

Blight of Sempiternal Putrefaction  is going to be out on April 22 on Memento Mori.

Rating 9/10


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Accursed Spawn – The Virulent Host – PRC Music

Virulent Death metal.

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Contagious: that’s the one word for this album of Accursed Spawn.

Created in 2010 in Canada, this is their first full length after other releases: you know EP’s and stuff.

Their sound is bullet-proof death metal, and as any band that records its debut, it’s difficult to know if it will be their best. But for the moment this is their best. And how best is the best in this case?

Doing a solid death metal, (I detest to use “modern death metal” so let’s say it’s NOT old school death metal) they work in the thin line between technical and brutal death metal, not really fitting in those labels, but they play like hell, and that means much.

For example, in the track The Ageless Curse they have some touch of Cytotoxyn, it’s what a “normal” death metal band means to be. Blast Beats? Checked. Guttural double vocals? Checked.

You see as new band they’re not original at all, but who cares when they make quality metal?

This stuff is really ultraheavy, like in the track Shotgun Facelift that is an binge of death metal. Destructive as fuck.

Dogmatic Affliction has a nod to Morbid Angel and Hate Eternal, but somewhat more intense and faster. Great song too.

The case here is that album is a behemoth, but originality is not their expertise, at least for now. That doesn’t mean that this is NOT a helluva album.

The Virulent Host -is out NOW on PRC Music.

Rating 7/10


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Ad Baculum – The Birth of the Human Tragedy – Brazilian Ritual Records.

Not so fast, but it’s really furious.

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Once again, BRR presents us with another opus of the – not so old – but already traditional death black band Ad Baculum, one of my faves from this decade.

If you’re not aware, the band is formed by Meugninousouan (here with nom de guerre Lord Hades – the same guy who sang in the seminal album Wicca by Mystifier.

The being said, the band honors its past, not by being an imitation, but by being hardwired to the sound (production and all) of more than two decades ago.

The difference from this album to the others is that this one is more radical in this proposition.

Not so fancy, fast, brutal or tech. Nothing you will find here. Just honest Black Metal made in Brazil from times ago (those were the days)

Songs like The Birth of Tragedy are compelling, with drumming always castigating one’s eardrums. Perfect.

Born in Chaos is more mid tempo with few variation and repetitions of phrases. It’s like old Samael.

But for me the best song is Ritual de Sangue Asteca (Astec Blood Ritual) which is macabre to the core.

This fidelity to the old metal is what makes the difference here. Ad Baculum proves that being radical is not to play fast and evil. It’s to be a preservation society of the old black art that is dying.

 

The Birth of the Human Tragedy is out on Brazilian Ritual Records on CD and digital via Bandcamp.

Rating 7/10


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Solium Fatalis – Genetically Engineered to Enslave (Self-Release)

Technical Death Metal, but not ANY technical death metal.

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Solium Fatalis is a band of many faces: Genetically Engineered to Enslave is their fourth album, but in their previous albums they had people like Dirk Verbeuren (drums, Megadeth, Aborted, Soilwork, Cadaver, between MANY others), Kevin Talley (drums for Six Feet Under, Misery Index, and many other as well), Olivier Pinard (Cattle Decapitation, Neuraxis and bass for Cryptopsy) and the mythic drummer Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy).

That said you now they are not amateurs. But now their lineup is: Jeff DeMarco (vocals), Jim Gregory (guitars), Ryan Beevers (guitars), Jeff Saltzman (drums).

Genetically Engineered to Enslave presents a strange mix of Technical Death Metal and Melodic Death Metal, but never freezing in one or other style. It’s fast, but just enough to make enough kind of noise, and it’s groovy, but just enough to make the songs understandable.

A master stroke, this album is highly intense with the guitar riff mingling with the drums like in the track A Tongue to Taste the Collapse.

But there are marvelous (I mean it) soloing in tracks like the KK Downing-inspired lead in the track Synthon, or the pure craziness of Servile, or even the melodic solo a la Malmsteen in Fiery the Angels Fell. Yes, they are that kind of crazy. However, everything falls in noisy harmony here.

There are missteps too like in the track A Gathering of Storms. The tune and the riff are really good and I daresay is the only earworm of the entire album. But the vocals of Haydee Irizarry are the kind of American-groovy-female-vocals if you get what I’m saying. I mean, they REALLY needed a European girl singing in this one to show something different. It’s like they said to the girl: sing what you like, and she did and the result was a metalcore vibe that is unwanted in this great album. But I repeat, it’s not bad, it’s just strange.

There are really crazy and technical songs like the opener Threshold, and the second song Lake of Extinction.

The greatness of this album lies in the equilibrium it offers between tracks, being heavy as hell, sometimes fast, sometimes not, but always maintaining the cohesive factor which I haven’t listened to in a band for a while.

Genetically Engineered to Enslave is out now and it is self released.


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Sangrena premieres new video on Facebok

New Sangrena video, the third from the album Hunter.

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Brazilian brutal technical Death Metal veterans Sangrena premiered their new video exclusively on Facebook this week.

This is the vide of the song The Scape recorded in Mix Estudios in the city of Amparo, Brazil.

The album Hunter was released by Darzamadicus Records of Macedonia last year and distributed in Japan. After some negotiation one thousand copies were printed in Brazil by Songs for Satan. The album is available throghout digital platforms, just go there and explode your ears. 

Sangrena started in 1998 and Hunter is their second full length. The album was produced by Fábio Ferreira and mastered in UNITED STATES by world wide famous Alan Douches (Neuraxis, Psycroptic, Serocs, Death, Cannibal Corpse, Chelsea Wolfe and many others)

 

 

The line up is:
Alan Marques (Drums)
Fábio Ferreira (Guitars)
Luciano Fedel (Vocals, Bass)
Gustavo Bonfá (Guitars)

Access other videos from Hunter on Youtube, Infernal Domination (profissionally recorded video) and Deceptive Redemption (lyric video)

 


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Vanhelgd – Deimos Sanktuarium – Dark Descent Records (North America)

Death, Blackness, Doom and Destruction!

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At  first, when the so-called New wave of OLD SCHOOL Death Metal appeared I was not so excited. All the bands sounded like an Entombed of sorts, a cheap imitation.

Vanhelgd gests a completely different path. The band works on a highly creative level. I would like to compare them to Morbid Angel, but even so, they are different from the famous American band.

Their sound NEVER gets highly fast tempos, everything is doom and desolation. No, you won’t find sludge sounds here mate, go search somewhere else, this is pure death metal, heaviest as an anvil.

Deimos Sanktuarium, the fifth full length of Vanhelgd is difficult to get with a couple of listenings. This is an opus to be fully appreciated, get your wine or you poison of preference, turn off the lights and enter the eternal darkness.

The songs are cohesive, just like in A Plea for Divine Necromancy, the opener, Så förgås världens härlighet, the second one, but it is in Vi Föddes I Samma Grav that the demon takes form and the abyss opens in front of you. Desolation and aguish is what this song has to offer. A bass line with a beautiful solo is the peak of the tune.

Even the snail-paced and repetitive The Ashes of Our Defeat makes sense in this conjuncture.

The intensity of The Silent Observer goes into a crescendo of dramatical proportions: the blasphemous vocals spews pure hate until the end when clean vocals take(s) place and are sung a capella.

The phenomenal last track Här Finns Ingen Nåd brings a conspiratorial feeling to the song with resolute guitar lines and heaviness beyond proportion.

Deimos Sanktuarium is probably different from everything you’re going to hear this year and the months that are going to follow. If you find something as good as this one, please, contact me.

Deimos Sanktuarium is out no on Dark Descent Records in North America on LP, digipack CD, jewel case CD and digital formats. European release through Pulverize records.


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