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Diabolvs – Rite of Consecration (2020)

Diabolvs
Release date: January 10th, 2020
Label: Independent

So here we go into 2020 with this new Death Metal bands first release in form of an EP, with some veteran musicians behind this project this sounds like it should be interesting.

And we open up with Perpetual Sorrow which opens up with a mellow laid back guitar intro which goes away quick and the band comes in on fire as the vocals take a hold as soon as they come in, the double guitar sound on here really one of the things that stand out, this has a very old school feeling to it as it has some really catchy riffage going on, some blast beat parts that keep it interesting, not a bad opener.

On this next track Diabolvs things really get more deep in the hatred compartment as this is total killer to the damn christians of this fucking world the lyrics to this add to the flavor of the whole song, it floored me on the first listen, the vocals are sick pure hell with a fuck off! attitude, oh and it even gets better on Temple of Hypocrites and just by the title you know where this is going the lyrics get right to the point as well as the music, I might be a little crazy but what this band delivers in their lyrics is something I believe in so it makes it even more enjoyable.

Killing My Enemies, things get a little bit even heavier here as this has more blast beats and with a track with that name what would you expect it has these break downs where the guitars come in to put a little more flare to it which I have no problem with as these leads are killer and actually add a lot a flare to the tracks.

Well this track The Ancestral Spirits Claim Their Kingdom might not be as brutal on the lyrical part but hell this is a gem as it is just so fucking good like a breath of fresh air it absolutely as its heavy as fuck and just grabs your ass as it has this killer drive to it as the whole band explodes here in all kinda ways the leads took me on another trip, shit this was the one that killed me, so to the closer Rite of Consecration and its a perfect closer as it has everything that was heard before but the lyrics really took it a step beyond and even the music is pounding as it should be and the way it ends with the guitar fading into oblivion makes this a must hear.

I recommend this as it doesn’t really bring nothing new to the genre but who cares as this adds to it and brings new light which is what I like most about it, you fuckers need to hear this and spread the word of this band and lets hope to hear more.

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Violent Jaws – Víctimas de la Mentira (2019)

Violent Jaws
Release date: December 29th, 2019
Label: Axe Victims Records

Here we have this Black Thrash bands second demo but more official as the first was a rehearsal and I been wanting to hear this as I seen this band has done a few gigs and always wanted to hear what was behind this distinctive bands name.

And we get five tracks two sung in spanish and the other two in english and a instrumental to close it out, and this first number Ahogado en el silencio del abismo sets the mood on what this band has to offer some great speed with some tempo changes that are all catchy and this is raw no doubt and it grabbed me real good, nothing that hasn’t been done before but its done well on here anybody that likes that old school feel its well presented here.

Victimas de la Mentira, the title track is even better as it starts out with a tight pounding riff before it goes into a frenzy of chaos, I must say the vocals might be kind of drowned out a bit on here but really doesn’t matter much but this rules with a killer bass line thrown in for good measure and we go onto these two next tracks sung in english Placer Bestial and Violent Jaws and the language doesn’t make a difference both tracks are killer the first one was a bit short but the second is one of the best on here as it rips and pounds like I like it.

The instrumental closer Subterranea Adoración is a awesome track that drives and makes you want more, I really liked this demo as everything on here is catchy so the wait to hear this was worth it and hopefully we get a full length next time out, I put the whole demo below so you can check it out.

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Insidious – Ecos de la Osamenta (2019)

Insidious
Release date: September 28th, 2019
Label: Independent

Here I get this late comer from last year a Death Metal band from Iquique which is way up north, this is the band’s first release in form of a EP with 6 tracks.

I gave this a few listens to sink in as on this first track Tráfico de órganos, the band comes out a blazing before it gets into a more creeping tempo, then I hear these pinch harmonics and I thought oh no not this again but thankfully it doesn’t go on through this whole EP as when that part is over this takes on a an excellent feel to it, The vocals are excellent by the way, sick dirty growls that are crystal clear.

And from the next track Pasado Criminal, things change for the better this track has a whole different feel to it as the guitar work on here is absolutely mind blowing, with the crushing blast beats this kills love the backing vocals as well and all these different tempos make this a really catchy one and this next one El Otro Lado del Sendero is a gem here the band really is out for the kill! hell it doesn’t get any better as this destroys, the drumming on here is a feast of brutality fucking gotta love this even with a break in the track it doesn’t matter, this gets better as it goes on.

Onto Bioterrorismo, the opening is brilliant has the old school feel to it but then has its own life the vocals are sick as hell on here and this band I will say sounds fresh like they been doing this for awhile with some mid tempo changes thrown in here and there another one that grabs you, Peste Negra the shortest track on here goes right to the point as the guitar rips heavily on here which cuts like a saw you could say, total chaos on here.

So we close out with F.e.t.o. which is as good as everything on here, I will say this is one hell of a debut that took me by surprise, I highly recommend you have a listen to this as for me it has its own character to it and hopefully the band gets some recognition from this.

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Demolishing – The Fallen (2019)

Demolishing
Release date: October 1st, 2019
Label: No Mercy Reks

A band I heard about a few years ago as I picked up the last release Ascension and was wondering what happened to them but here we get this new one that the time off was worth it as this new EP is a gem.

Fuck! do where I even start with this as this is a step up from the last one, the opener A Bright Light Into the Abyss has a this great opening feel as it has a black and glorious feel to it, and oh man the production on here really makes this band stand out better than ever, I was knocked on my ass on how good this is the vocals have a pure spirit to it.

And then we break into Spiritual Offering, haha fuck man is this some headbashing lunacy, over the top as this will crush! even with the breaks it kills! I don’t care about the slower brakes on here because they add to the goodness of the track, a brilliant piece.

As we go on to Negative Paradigm, and what a beautiful piece this is as its long but a vibe that will just grab you as it has so much to offer as it has so much feeling to it as it just has a drive to it being a very long track, I was so impressed by this as it covers all the good things I was not expecting a classic in its own way, a gem of a track.

Fuck man is you think this couldn’t get any better then comes Final Prayer, which is brutal pounding as it has this over all feel to it as the band is purely out to kill, these awesome riffs that take you to a land unknown, it’s truly something you need to hear to appreciate.

So we end this brilliant slab with No Life Beyond Death and its as good as the whole thing heavy pounding in the beginning then we go off with the sick vocals we have been delivered through the whole thing and the brilliant vocals that add so much to this release, one of the longest tracks on here but a great closer.

A great piece any true fucker out there needs to get a true underground band,no social media what so ever take it from ECM this is the true only buy from the label or die!

Parkcrest – …and That Blue Will Turn to Red (2019)

Parkcrest
Release date: October 21st, 2019
Label: Independent

Been awhile since this thrash outfits first full length and this was a surprise to me when I got contacted about it so I was all for it as I never got around to the first one.

This is one that got better the more spins I gave it as from the opener Impossible to Hide, comes out roaring with an old Kreator vibe but more modern with intense riffs that are out for business, this is some intense thrash the way it was meant to be played even the slight tempo changes here are excellent!

The production is perfect on here everything comes out crystal clear as you can hear all the instruments as it continues on Darkest Fear which is heavy but even gets more chaotic as it goes on, some flaming leads on here that will pound the brain in, Punished in Life, gotta love this one as the lyrics add to the pleasure of as it says things most can relate to and chants of (Egoist! Hypocrite!) well you know what I mean. another strong track to keep things going in the right direction.

Until this next one Possessed by God which has a whole different vibe as there is a lot of lyrical content on here that made the track seem kinda long but the bass guitar shines on here that made this one interesting that I would say is giving you a break as Midnight Chasm gets things back into a more aggressive mode, gotta love the galloping riffs in this one to add that old school feel to it as well as the leads and the drumming really stood out here for me,good shit indeed.

Dwelling of the Moonlights is an instrumental and I always loved them and this one is a ripper lotta catchy riffage and a few tempo changes to give it some feel and an all out assault in the end that really grabbed me, but this next one Hatred ‘Till Die is probably my favorite track on this whole thing as it simply shreds even with the short bass line thrown in and then all hell breaks loose as this is out to kill! a smashing track!

And it continues on Tired and Guilty a excellent! track full of destroying riffage and the leads on here will annihilate you, another strong number as we end it with the title track …and That Blue Will Turn to Red which mostly shows what the band has put out through this whole album as it fades away in the end.

This is thrash with class, a very good follow up to the debut and hopefully soon it will come out on a label as only digital exist at the moment but from what Javier Salgado (Guitars,Vocals) told me they are looking for a label and then it will be even more enjoyable when all the lyrics are available.

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Cenotafio – Larvae Tedeum Teratos (2019)

Cenotafio
Release date: November 20th, 2019
Label: Apocalyptic Productions

Here is this two man band that I been waiting for to release a new full length that pretty much killed me as they have this unique sound to their Black/Death Metal that just grabs a hold of your ass, so I was thrilled of the news of this release.

With only four tracks a full length you may ask well these are some long tracks just like the first one but fuck it they won’t bore you at all instead take you on a ride you will likely want to take again and again.

Just as La Apoptosis opens this up with this eerie sound that sets the mood and then the haunting riffs and these vocals from hell that just fit the mold perfectly, as I was reading the lyrics they are in spanish on this whole opus but they don’t really make a difference they sound like a fucking demon screaming from hell that actually don’t make a difference, this is some powerful shit here and for being the opening track and long it flew buy as it has this great atmosphere to it, a fucking excellent opener to this.

El Martirio, oh hell what brilliance this comes out like a storm on hells wings this is what I love a pure kick in the ass, this track will obliterate you, even when it slows down it’s still kicking ass as the vocals are sick as hell the screams the blast beats make you wanna kill somebody and that’s only half way then we get some lead that will surely pleasure you,then the sounds of torment that is expected with the title,this fucking rules!

A bit of a change up on La Sentencia y la Plaga, well as this has a more deep slower pace to it but the sickening growels keep it interesting as later we get these blast beats that wake your ass up, not as intense as the previous but still a smasher of a track that leads to Maleficae and here this one has a black metal vibe at the beginning due to the riff but then it captures the brilliance this band offers but its a long one with a lot of killer vibes, the drums are pounding like hell on here and the interesting breaks with the guitar stand out, like I mentioned its long but near the end it really has a excellent punch to it as it fades away with some interesting sounds you need to hear to understand.

In closing this is a killer release if you like deep underground metal with balls this a must have in my book a band that needs more exposure no doubt as this will take down the weak,go out and support and buy a copy.

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LvxCaelis – Maher Shalal Hash Baz (2019)

LvxCaelis
Release date: October 31st, 2019
Label: Lamech Records

The name of LvxCaelis should not be unknown at this point to anyone who has been paying attention to the chilean scene for the last decade. Maher Shalal Hash Baz is their third album, and it comes four years after their magnificent previous record The Watchers. I’ve been listening to this Black Metal piece regularly for the past month since I received my copy of the CD, and I must say that my expectations were vastly exceeded by the quality of the songs.

The sound of the recording is very similar to what can be heard in the previous album, with the main difference being the overall atmosphere of the songs. While The Watchers had a more ominous and ritualistic feeling, Maher Shalal Hash Baz is more intense, more direct, maybe more “Metal” should I say. The drumming is frantic and relentless, but also has a lot of variety, the razor sharp guitars blend aggressive riffs with dark melodies, the bass rumbles in the background adding that extra layer of thickness and heavyness to the songs, and the ominous solemnity of the vocals fit perfectly with the music.

Every song has something interesting to offer, from the catchiness of Beyond the Falling Stars, to the insane intensity of Fading into Golgotha, to the hypnotic opening riff in Throne of Doom (plus the overall slower but powerful pace of the song), or the masterful rithm changes in The Beginning was the End, or that awesome and classic cold riff after the first verses in Kiss the Skull.

Raising above the Demiurge caught me completely by surprise with the almost Heavy Metal-esque guitar leads in the final part of the song, and the tasteful mixture of rawness and melancholy in Awakening the Final Chaos gives the album a perfect closure (those bass lines are pure brilliance).

The lyrics, as usual, deal with topics regarding luciferian gnosis and the neverending quest for illumination to free one self from the boundaries and limitations of the earthly existence.

The album was recorded at Lamech Studios in Sweden by Deacon D (Hetroertzen) who also contributes with some vocals in the last song, Awakening the Final Chaos, plus the intro, outro and some interludes. The artwork was done by Åskväder (also from Hetroertzen). As you would expect from Lamech Records, the overall production and design of the album are top notch.

To sum things up, Maher Shalal Hash Baz is a more than worthy successor of The Watchers. It might be even better, but I’m still undecided about that, need to listen to it more. There’s a lot to be discovered in the 37 minutes of music contained here, but I highly recommend this to anyone who’s looking for quality music.

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Putrid Coffin – Desecrated Tombs (2019)

Putrid Coffin
Release date: March 14th, 2019
Label: La Cripta Metal Shop

The latest from Putrid Coffin its been awhile since the first album came out and I was pretty impressed with the debut and this new EP does not disappoint we get the same head bashing as on the debut with a bit better production this time around.

So lets get into it Dark Power Of Sorcerer opens this up with a nice intro then the band kicks in with its power as you can really hear the drums clear as light on here with the high hats that really stand out and one thing that the vocals on here reminded me of the Dutch man Alexander van Leeuwen (Mental Distortion,Desecrate) but the music is tight death thrash as you would expect even the slow part when the lead comes in is a pleasure to the ears.

XVTH Century Pestilent Covenant, has these short blast beats that stop and go that make you think what’s next as the guitars are ripping on here with some breaks that add to the chaos on here,like I said the production really is good, as you can hear both guitars going off in their own way,hard to explain its something you need to hear to really appreciate,onto Desecrating Tombs the title track which is interesting, its pace has a good drive to it and keeps you pinned as this band really has a good vibe especially on the fast parts as they are out to torture your soul and especially on this track,pure head pounding madness.

Darkness is Endless (Aluhe), this is the ass kicker here this one took me on the first listen as its an all out onslaught even the breaks go into more heart ripping shit! this one hit the spot my favorite track on here to this point and the closer Magnificence of Baal continues in the same vein this whole EP has shown from the start as the bands tracks take you on a trip of ups and downs through this whole thing.

Not a bad second offering from the band it’s what I expected solid death/thrash but for me it’s more in the death vein as I listened to it more and more.

The band has no social media page but this can be bought from their label which is reliable as I have purchased from them before and a big hail to Nelson for sending me this,cheers! comrade.

Gravered – Cult to… (2019)

Gravered
Release date: November 2nd, 2019
Label: Iron, Blood and Death Corporation

Gravered is pure Death Metal especially if you like that old Swedish sound this new EP is right in the veins of this traditional sound but made in Chile.This EP is worth the listen if you like this kinda shit.

Intro (Funus Magno) a very interesting instrumental that goes good with this as we go into Classic Cult to Death and from here its total death metal the way I like it, they have this old school Swedish tone to their music it took me back to the heyday, which in my book is pure excellence! heavy dark and brutal like old Nihilist,Grave,etc. that good old shit if you know what I mean.then it ends with Outro (Ad Sepulcrum) which I guess was part of the whole deal here which is good.but here we go on to,haha madness.

Non Cristo doesn’t need explanation as the fucking church choir shit opens this up but then we get what we want to hear this track is a fuck off to christianity as it should be, this is dark and deep as it should be, praised by pure hatred the vocals are sick and catch the drumming on here, crushing to the T this track kills!

Podrido as this is part of being live from what I read but if it is the recording is excellent as it delivers with no exception
as it brings a little bit to the listener and shows what the band has to offer as this endinging track Coffins Graves and Tombs is a perfect ender for this EP a live track that delivers to a full tilt.

Fuck I love this and if you like the old Swedish death metal sound this is where its at Gravered is a band to get into and support!

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Thirsty Demon – Waning Death (2019)

Thirsty Demon
Release date: December 5th, 2019
Label: Dissonant Death Records

Here we have a one man project from Cristian León (Hellish,Hemisferio), and this four track demo really caught my ear as this is some wicked death/thrash metal.

The title track Waning Death opens this up with a bashing mid tempo that caught me by storm but then it really gets to business as this will kick your ass as its out to kill! the pounding on the drums here is intense as hell as well as the vocals are crystal clear,the part when the lead comes in just made it even better as you can hear the snare drum being pounded to hell! a great opener that left me floored.

And it continues on With Them You Will Rot as this keeps the tide rolling as it comes in driving with this pounding and vocals setting the pace for an all out assault and the ripping riff here catchy as hell fuck! this shit is good.fuck this man knows how to deliver the goods.Petrified Dream is a sweet little instrumental that breaks from the chaos but then Sadistic Desire comes in to finish this off and fuck man is this good pounding brutal you name it its on here, love the screams on here and just the all out attitude to fuck you up and how it ends with nothing but pure hatred.

This demo rules I don’t care what fuckers might say, if you like insane metal to crush the weak this is it, go buy from the label or bandcamp fucking excellent shit! no doubt.

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