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Evil Madness – Hidden Behind the Cross (2018)

Evil Madness
Release date:December 31st, 2018
Label:Grotesque Sounds Productions

Here we have the new EP by the band released on the last day of 2018 and a great way to start the new year, I knew this was coming soon and it was worth the wait, four original tracks plus a Demolition (Chile) cover.

Right from the start of Souls Possession you get that crushing speed this band is known for,ripping leads that kill as well, so a really good opener,the pace changes a bit on the beginning of Hidden Behind the Cross but this pounds no doubt and the bass shines bright on here as well and a fantastic lead that leads us into an all out speed frenzy and the ending is pure mayhem to the ears.

Darkness Rites comes out with pure fury in the typical way the band is known to do,totally thrashes everything in its path, and the last original track Blind Minds oh man is this the killer for me this starts out with a really nice mid pace tempo that I could picture a mosh pit going on while this being played live,even with a slight change that still has you pumped up then in closing as rips to the end, best track for me on here.

The cover of Demolition does the original justice or even better cause the production, if you heard the original you would know what I mean.

This is an excellent release to add to the rest of the bands discography,I highly recommend it as it shreds all the way through.

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Undertaker of the Damned – Satanas Potestas Est (2018)

Undertaker of the Damned
Release date:September 2018
Label:Australis Records

Undertaker of the Damned needs no introduction as this band has gone under this name since 1995 and it was a thrill to see they came up with a new one this year,if you never heard them they are a Black/Death Metal act.

What’s great about this band is that Hell Jf Screams the original and only vocalist is still cranking it out like a true warrior and on here he sounds top notch as ever.the album has seven new tracks and a bonus of a three track demo from 2004 that was never released.

But onto the album, all these new tracks are sung in spanish and the vocals really stand out on here,they are sick as hell and the combination of death and black on here is as good as it gets, a lot of variety on here which kept me glued to my speakers you could say,the guitar work on here is perfection!

I really can’t say anything bad about this release as it got better with each listen and I highly recommend it even the demo on here is worth it,one of the best of 2018 without a doubt.

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Devil’s Poison – Possessed by Lust and Fire (2018)

Devil’s Poison
Release date:March 18th, 2018
Label:Underground Defenders Productions

Some heavy black speed metal this time up,this band is dirty and mean in the vein of bands like Gehennah,Intoxicate,etc. The band has been around for a few years now,we have five tracks on this EP.

Devil’s Hammer Attack starts this off and it’s basically what you would expect from a band that does this type of metal with cut throat lyrics and chants so if you like this genre of metal this is right up your alley,the title track is next and this one is the one that really tears it up just because the crushing your ass sound is there at full speed,ripping leads and all that good shit.

Things slow down a bit on Black Poison of Death but here the vocals take over as they flow with this crunchy slow riff and near the end it gets furious and a yell that just grabs you,Black Speed Metal Disaster from the title you should know what to expect and hell yeah like a pack of demons coming at you this is attacking at your senses from the start,with catchy hooks on the guitar and all kind of sickness like it should be.No Hay Futuro (There’s no future) closes this out and a more interesting sounding track maybe because it’s sung in spanish but quite a good closer to this.

One thing I noticed from this it’s not your typical two to three minute all out tracks,these have a good length to them that this EP runs about 28 minutes long not bad as you really can’t tell when you’re actually hearing it so there’s plenty of metal on here,so great to see another band playing this type of metal nothing new but good for what it is.

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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.

Duam – Códice Nocturno (2018)

Duam
Release date:July 1st, 2018
Label:B.L.Z.B.U. Records

Here is this black thrash trio from Quellón that I first heard back in 2009 and they pretty much impressed me back then, so I seen they have been active since then with one full length already under their belt so I checked out this latest one and they changed direction compared to their earlier material but still this is some pretty sick blasphemous shit.

All these brutal hymns are all written and sung in spanish,from Chivato which means SNEAK you can hear these guys are out to kill with some of the best lyrics that I can totally get into,pure anti christian shit! the sound of the band is total old school worship as you hear a bit of all the classics throughout this whole album,

The vocals are excellent as there is a lot of power behind them and even the slower track Macuñ shows how deep they are as they add to what the song is about, not a blast beat track but has the right punch to it.the track Ñancupel is pretty interesting as it’s about Pedro Ñancúpel a Chilean pirate that killed numerous and was later executed, a good track to the list.

There is a total of eight tracks on here and a very good release that should please most bangers out there, great sounding production only bad note this has been sold out in physical copy and only available in digital format.

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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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Praecognitvm – Oris Resolutio Somnum (2018)

Praecognitvm
Release date:July 2nd, 2018
Label:Independent

Atmospheric Black Metal from this duo from Temuco,this is the band’s EP follow up from last years demo.

This has two long tracks of very deep sounding and with feeling to them as Alba Ruber In Agris opens up with a very out of this world feeling to it before it goes into a pure hellout pounding and it just soothes the soul to be honest it just gave me this feeling of being in an isolated state of pure freedom, as the track really has so many dimensions to it even the vocals are superb on here.

Exolvuntur Aeternam comes out a blazing, killer growl that blends in the moment giving it a more distinctive sound of aggression as it then comes down back to earth and that’s what I’m really liking about this because it keeps your mind glued to it and it gets better as it creeps back up, it’s over 10 min long there is alot going on but it never got boring that’s what really got me some bands will put out something this long and it will get boring,not here this is really special.

I’ll be honest I found out about this band through what the readers of the site are searching for so someone out there typed this in and I went to check it out and I’m glad I did and cheers!! to that person who did that cause I never thought I would be posting a band of this genre in here but I’m opened minded and this was an excellent addition to my mind.

As far as the band goes these two maniacs have a solid sound that plainly delivers the goods,give them a listen.

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Six Six Saw – Frightful Years of Atra (2018)

Six Six Saw
Release date:August 13th, 2018
Label:Independent

Been meaning to give this band from Quillota/Concón a review as I have had this for awhile now and finally got to it and the layoff was a good thing as I was listening to it I got a better feel of it.

This EP is their second, a fine good one as it screams old school from the short intro Follow the Blood Prints as it has that old Swedish vibe to it just as the first track Primal Recipients just grabs you, if you like that sound it’s definitely on here so it got me interested in it and the title track Frightful Years of Atra is the killer for me just brutal in all ways slow fast parts with that feeling that takes you back to the good old days of death metal.

Just to mention the vocals are your typical death metal growls that come across perfect for the band’s sound, the track Dark Splendors of Buried Remains is a bit on the slower side but still has a powerful punch as it has its effect on you just like it should,Holy Spawn the last original track on here simply kills from start to finish with a Dismember,Entombed feeling to it which left me pretty much pleased with this effort.it ends with a Celtic Frost cover Dethroned Emperor which pays homage to the old school.

This is killer and I would recommend it if you like that death metal from the past and the band’s first one is just as good,hopefully a full length is coming in the future, by the way the tape version on Evil Steel Records has some bonus tracks.

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Apostasy – The Sign of Darkness (2018)

Apostasy
Release date:June 24th, 2018
Label:Fallen Temple

It seemed like forever for this release to come out but I guess the wait was worth it as this is a killer release after I heard it all, if you follow the band there are some tracks on here that have been released before.

As Virgin Sacrifice comes in after the spoken intro, this old track sounds better than the previous version maybe the production improves it and that’s a good thing cause I remember when Cris Profaner had posted a preview and I had to tell him if that was going to be the final production and gladly it wasn’t as here it’s perfect.

Witching Fire is a new track on here a strong one as you get everything a good thrash track has to offer some killer leads that have that patent sound the band delivers, the next track Armageddon Is Near is more on the heavy side like more pounding is what I’m getting at and is good for what it is,solid track.

After The Great Damnation which is a mystical instrumental comes Blackened By Lust which was previously released but sounds better to me here than the previous version as well, Strike of the Tormentor had been released before but I never heard the first version so I went back and listened to the one released in 2016 and this new one here is better, the acoustic part in the beginning really builds up for the explosive part of the song which gave me a chill of a feeling taken me back to the 80’s but when it goes full throttle we come back to time as this rages, one of the highlights on this release.

Serpent Spell is cool bass solo instrumental that leads into the closer Satan Ascends and is perfect as this old Slayer riff kinda sounding starts it off before the track has its own life and Cris Profaner screams “Satan Rules Supreme” really stands out a really good way to end this.

I really enjoyed this to get away from all the real extreme releases I heard this year not that this is any weaker it’s just a different pace of heaviness, and Cris Profaner did an excellent job on the mixing and production to make this a really enjoyable experience to listen too and I recommend it to anybody that likes thrash in a good way like the old days.

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Blood Rites – Demo 1 (2018)

Blood Rites
Release date:June 9th, 2018
Label:Caverna Abismal Records

Black Metal this time around from this new trio, well from what I hear this is a side project of Evilkrusher the bassist and vocalist for Deathly Scythe but on here he plays guitar.

You get three tracks on here, on this first track Holy Hate first thing you’ll notice is the long intro before we get things rolling and once we do we get some pure old school filthy black metal but more on the thrashing side and it just pounds your head and the vocals here are more sick and come across really fresh but the track is very short, same thing on the next one Mask of Damnation more at a midpace here before it picks up with a nice blend of keyboards added to give it more depth,good shit.Dark Majestics closes this out with more dirty spewing through the whole thing and near the end it really gets insane and just puts an end to this really good debut of a demo.

Everything on here is killer only thing is the intros might not be for everybody but it doesn’t really matter as this is some solid shit that needs to be heard but like in some cases these days actual copies are hard to find an this is an example as it’s been sold out for quite awhile now, I just hope this project keeps going as it has potential.

(* A second pressing of this demo is being issued)