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Motosierra – Sobredosis de Heavy Metal (2018)

Motosierra
Release date: May 7th, 2018
Label: Iron Goat Commando (CD), Street Metal Blasphemy (Cassette)

When it comes to Heavy Metal, most bands usually go with the most well known influences, either German Heavy Metal, US Heavy Metal, N.W.O.B.H.M. or the classic Spanish Heavy Metal. Well, Motosierra decided to go the other way, most precisely, the dirty, fast and aggressive South American way.

Inspired by cult bands like V8 or Retrosatan, Motosierra’s take on Heavy Metal is pretty unique among other chilean bands. Not because of it’s originality (which is not a trait of their music), but for their ability to create one catchy riff after another, and turn those riffs into great songs.

And yes, this albums comes with a big “dejavu effect” and makes you think that you have heard this before, and yes, the production is a little bit thin sometimes, an yes, they could have a better vocalist, and yes, that introduction sounds like a blatant rip-off/homage to Diamond Head, but none of that matters once you get caught in this ridiculously catchy album. I mean, just listen to the marvelous instrumental start on Sobredosis de Heavy Metal (they could have skipped the intro with this), or the awesome opening riff on La Muerte, or the chorus on Gloria a Satán, or the solos from Acero Forjado, you name it, this album is full of awesome little moments that will make you bang your head, do air guitars or sing with your fists in the air. Also, good lyrics, simple and straight to the point.

I don’t know what else to say, this album is just too good to ignore it. If you like simple, fast and catchy Heavy Metal that reeks conviction and attitude, then you should really go get this.

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Buried – Buried Alive! (2018)

Buried
Release date: November 11th, 2018
Label: Street Metal Blasphemy

After a few months i’ve finally got my cassette player repaired, so now i’m catching up with a bunch of stuff that I had laying around collecting dust. So, let’s start with this awesome live tape from Buried. This band comes from La Serena, and they play some really killer Death Metal influenced by Autopsy, Repulsion, Dream Death, Impetigo and Nihilist (to name just a few). Their lyrics are mostly inspired by H.P. Lovecraft, horror movies, gore, zombies, death and stuff like that.

This is a live recording from the band’s presentation at Devastación Metálica XIII, on the 7th of october of 2017. The setlist is composed of the tracks from both demos, The Expelling of the Nameless Horrors (I & II), minus the title track, and also including the track Morbid Mass Abomination, taken from the upcoming 7″ It Won’t Stay Dead. Great performance, with the trio sounding very tight. I was pleasently surprised with the versions of Voodoo Cannibal Horror Experience, The Re-Animator and The Horror from Beyond.

The cassette is really well done, transparent shell with yellow engraving, and a 5 panel jcard with live photos from the band. Very good job by Street Metal Blasphemy. I’m not sure if the cassettes were professionaly duplicated, or homemade, but the sound quality is excellent.

I’m not really fond of live recordings, because more often than not they sound like crap, but this is a nice exception. Get this if you can, you won’t regret it.

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Invocation Spells – Spread Cruelty in the Abyss (2018)

Invocation Spells
Release date: April 17th, 2018
Label: Hell’s Headbangers Records

Invocation Spells must be easily one of the most prolific bands in the chilean underground in recent years. This is their fourth full length in merely five years, which is pretty remarkable considering that a lot of bands release a demo and then disappear for 5 years. Anyway, what matters to us is the music, and in this case it’s a good thing that quantity does not mean lack of quality.

What you will find here is some savage Black/Thrash Metal the way it’s supposed to be played, but Invocation Spells give their personal touch to the classic sound of the genre, with a lot of pace changes, and some nice little details, like the clean vocals in Spread Cruelty or the violin intro in Obscure and Evil. Coincidentally, those two are some of my favourite tracks on this album, alongside with Victims of Doom.

Sound-wise there is not much to complain about. The production is clean, but not plastic. The drums’ sound is powerful enough without drowning the rest of the instruments, the guitars have the right mixture of sharpness and rawness, the bass serves as almost a second guitar, but with it’s own personality, the vocals have the right dose of reverb. The only thing that I believe that the band should pay some more attention to are the lyrics. Some of them seem as a mix of verses with no real connection between each other, and of course, there’s the “broken-english” thing, but that doesn’t bother me that much (it’s basically a trademark in Metal since the beginning).

This album fits perfectly in the style of some other killer chilean bands like Miserycore, Infernal Slaughter, Perversor, Necromantic Forces, Attacker Bloody Axe, Invincible Force or Blasfemia (to name just a few). A must buy if you are into this style of savagery.

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Fuerzas Ocultas – Fuerzas Ocultas (2018)

Fuerzas Ocultas
Release date: August 1st, 2018
Label: Independent

Fuerzas Ocultas is a new band from Punta Arenas, in the far south of Chile. Even tho it’s a new band, the four members of Fuerzas Ocultas are quite experienced musicians. All of them have been playing for years in other local bands with different styles of music. Guitar player Adrian and drummer Gabriel both play in Krull, bassist Rodrigo plays in Camino de Tierra and vocalist Jaime plays in Bullying, so they are hardly newcomers. And that experience shows in their music.

This demo contains five songs of dark and heavy Doom/Death Metal. To my ears, this is influenced by the big names of the early 90’s european scene (Katatonia, My Dying Bride, Anathema, Paradise Lost, you get the idea). But it also reminds me of Adrian’s other band, Krull, maybe because he has a particular style of playing, or because I listened to Krull‘s EP too much a couple of years ago. Anyhow, this is intense, powerful, dark and crushing Doom with some Death Metal elements thrown into the mix. It might also remind you a little bit of The Black Harvest (which we alredy reviewed here).

This demo was a pleasant surprise, since it wasn’t announced until it was ready. It was released as a printed CD-R in a cardboard sleeve (100 copies). Quite simple but good enough for a demo. You can also buy the digital version through Bandcamp for a couple of dollars to support the band. A solid first demo, so I hope that we get to hear something more from Fuerzas Ocultas in the future.

Unaussprechlichen Kulten – Sign the Book of Death (2018)

Unaussprechlichen Kulten
Release date: October 10th, 2018
Label: Apocalyptic Prods.

At this point I suppose I don’t have to explain who Unaussprechlichen Kulten are, but in case you have been living under a rock for the past 20 years, or do not know anything about the chilean underground scene, Unaussprechlichen Kulten is one of the most important Death Metal acts, due to the high quality and consistency of their releases since they started playing almost 20 years ago.

Sign the Book of Death is a compilation released a few weeks ago by Apocalyptic Prods. It contains 10 studio recordings taken from their last 2 full lenghts, Keziah Lilith Medea and Baphomet Pan Shub-Niggurath, from the 7″ Lucifer Poseidon Cthulhu, and from the split with After Death (The Madness from the Sea).

The other 10 tracks are live recordings taken from 5 different presentations between the years 2013 and 2018, including shows where they supported legendary bands like Mortem, Pentacle or Pentagram. The sound of this recordings is very raw and natural, and if you have never seen this band playing live, these tracks will give you a pretty good idea of how they sound on a live setting, as they capture very well the dark atmosphere and sheer ferocity that the nameless cult creates on stage.

If you are a long time fan of this band, probably you won’t find anything really new here, tho it is nice to have the tracks from the 7″ on a CD. Now, in case you are not familiar with the band’s work, this is a good place to start. My only complaint about this is that the label choose the digisleeve format instead of a classic jewel case, but aside from that, it’s a very good release.

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Anuuruk – Unspeakable Uncreation (2018)

Anuuruk
Release date: January 19th, 2018
Labael: Apocalyptic Prods.

Apocalyptic Prods. has built a reputation for signing unknown bands with great potential. So, everytime they announce a new release I tend to keep my eyes and ears open, because there’s a pretty good chance that it’s going to be something good. One of their latest interesting finds was Anuuruk, a four-headed Death Metal monster from Quilpué, and what we have here is their first full lenght entitled Unspeakable Uncreation.

Anuuruk plays a very straightforward type of Death Metal in the vein of Grave, Unleashed, Carnage or Autopsy to name a few of the bands that comes to mind when listening to Unspeakable Uncreation. Razor sharp guitars, machinegun-like drumming and the deep growls that sounds like emanations from the deepest abyss are the key elements that blend together to give birth to the ten blasphemous songs presented on this album.

As the title suggest, the lyrical themes of the songs are based on the concept of uncreation, forgotten gods from archaic cultures, the destruction of everything that is deemed as “sacred” and more. Nothing groundbreaking really, but what else could you want from a Death Metal record?

Do not expect any melodic passages, or atmospheric interludes or stuff like that, just some relentless and bludgeoning fast paced Death Metal. Anuuruk might not be the most original band of the bunch, but they do know what they are doing. Another good band to keep an eye on.

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Devotion – Far Beyond All Light (2018)

Devotion
Release date: January 14th, 2018
Label: Old Rites Records / Mouth Of Madness Prds. (Tape)

I was stil listening regularly to Devotion‘s debut album (reviewed here) when all of the sudden and without any warning the band published their newest material, entitled Far Beyond All Light on their Bandcamp page. Needless to say that I went to check it out and I must say that the band didn’t dissapoint.

The first thing that you will probably notice after listening to this (or the previous album) is the notorious Dissection influence, and maybe even a little bit of Necrophobic (Darkside era) as well. But fortunately, Devotion does not fall into the “Dissection clone” category, mostly because they add a lot of the classic southamerican filthness and savagery to their compositions.

Something that really caught my attention on the previous album, and that is also present here, is the riffing. Devotion seems to have quite a unique talent to produce simple, powerful and catchy riffs that get immediately stuck in your head. Sometimes with a really cold Black Metal vibe (Below the Fiery Coven for example) and sometimes with an approach closer to the most savage Thrash Metal (Wolves of Nowhere). Also, they make a great use of clean guitars to create very some melodic yet eerie atmospheres. The drumming is fast, chaotic and relentless, the bass is not spectacular but adds that necessary dose of heavyness that every good Black Metal album needs, and the vocals resonate with murkiness spitting abhorrence to the light.

The album is composed of only 7 songs and 32 minutes of music. A little bit short for my taste, but like they say, it’s all killer, no filler. The standouts for me are Below the Fiery Coven, Deep Winter’s Suffering and the title track. At the moment the album is available on both tape and digital format, pending for the CD release, so if you are looking for some filthy southamerican Black Metal then go get a copy of this.

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Wrathprayer / Force of Darkness – The Wrath of Darkness (2017)

Wrathprayer / Force of Darkness
Release date: October 16th, 2017
Label: Nuclear War Now!

Usually, a split work as a cheap way for a label to promote 2 new bands that only have a few songs at the moment. But in this case with two bands that have been established as important underground acts for a long time, the approach is different. The Wrath of Darkness is not a regular split, but a colaborative effort between two entities who joined forces to unleash their wrath and spread darkness.

Wrathprayer‘s contribution to this record are the intro and two songs of dense, chaotic and unbridled savagery. Both Tria Serpentis and De Profundis… showcase the band’s approach to bestial Black/Death Metal at it’s finest. To my ears, De Profundis… is the stand out song of the whole album because of it’s intensity, variety and excellent vocals.

On the other hand, Force of Darkness have been hailing darkness since almost the dawn of the new millenium, and their relentless mixture of Black and Speed Metal is well known among underground maniacs around the globe. The 3 songs + outro featured in this album show the work of a mature band, with a very defined sound that will inmediatelly remind you of their previous works, more precisally, the self titled debut from ’06 and a few winks to the material from the ReHELLsal tapes.

Nuclear War Now! did a great job (as usual) with both the CD and LP editions of this album. I really like the minimalistic approach on the booklet of the CD version, with a clear tipography and individual illustrations for each song (I really hate those booklets full of stupid gothic type fonts that you can barely read).

To sum things up, this is a very solid release, the music may not be especially original, but both bands know very well what they are doing, and their execution is top notch.

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Blood Oath – The Line Between (2017)

Blood Oath
Release date: May 8th, 2017
Label: Machalía Records / Unspeakable Axe Records

Among the shitload of “new” releases that I have been buying the last couple of months, here we have this young band from Concepción. After a demo, they released this EP, first on tape under the chilean label Machalía Records, and later on CD via Unspeakable Axe Records in the U.S.

Blood Oath plays straightforward Death Metal influenced mostly by old Autopsy, so you will hardly find any surprises here. But what this album lacks in originality, it compensates with well crafted songs that pay a good homage to old school Death Metal. There’s nothing pretentious here, they do not try to reinvent anything, this is just pure fucking Death Metal like it was done in the old days.

And also one of the things that I like about this, is that you can hear everything without any effort. The bass is very present and has some good moments on the spotlight (listen to Putrid Mind for example). The drums sound powerful enough without eating the rest of the instruments.

The guitar work is very solid, not brilliant by any means but it gets the job done with decent riffs and some good solos, like the final part of Morbid Lust. The vocals sound pretty standard to my ears, but fit the music perfectly. The lyrics deal with topics about horror, insanity and of course, death.

All in all, this a very solid debut for Blood Oath. I will definitelly keep an eye on them to see what they can come up with in the future, beacuse there is a lot of potential in this young band.

The Line Between by Blood Oath

The Black Harvest – The Black Harvest (2017)

The Black Harvest
Release date: December 1st, 2017
Australis Records

Ok, let’s get back on track with the reviews. Last week I received this album, and even if it’s not the kind of Metal that I usually listen to, I decided to give it a chance, and ended up being pleasently surprised by the quality of this work.

The Black Harvest is sort of a side project of Matt S. from the Death Metal band Son In Curse (you can check the review of their album Trivnviratvm here), who started this band as a solo project more than a decade ago, playing a mixture of Doom/Death that drinks directly from the classic names of the early 90’s, the ones like Paradise Lost, Katatonia, My Dying Bride, early Anathema or Amorphis, so you get the idea. This is their debut album and it comes after a demo called Mysterious Glory of Immortality (released in 2015).

The overall sound of the recording is very good, the band managed to produce a clear and powerful aura without falling into a plastic or overprocessed sound. The balance between instruments is almost perfect, the guitars sound sharp and don’t get crushed by the drums, and you can actually hear the bass adding that extra layer of heaviness that more often than not seems to get lost in so many albums. The vocals could be described as the “standard” gutural Death Metal growls mixed with some clean and melancholic voices.

This is one of those albums that are perfect to listen to on a dark, grey, cloudy and rainy day when you can fully dive into the melancholic atmosphere of the songs. ¿Standout songs? Hard to say cause the album as a whole is very well balanced, but for mere personal preference I would choose Wicked Bloody Eclipse, Epic Song of Darkness and Of Wizards and Demons as my favourites. So, bottom line, if you like the classic sound of the early 90’s Doom/Death Metal scene then you should really pay attention to this.

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