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Astrum – Existencia Perdida (2019)

Astrum
Release date: March 6th, 2019
Label: Independent

I stumbled across this release and they play melodic death metal which I usually might pass on but this is something that just caught my ear as it has an intention of grabbing you and it did me the instant I heard it as the twin guitar effect on here is superb, and from the track Cataclismo this takes you on a ride of pure enjoyment!

Yes you get your typical death metal vocals which are sung in spanish by the way but this is HEAVY in all kinda ways, the musicianship on here is as good as it gets, for a first release this is top notch, really can’t favor any tracks as all them have their own feel to them which is a good thing but hell I’m listening to this as I write this and it gets better with each listen.

These guys take melodic death metal to its peak! It might not be for the extremist out there but it deserves a listen and I’m glad I did because I find no fault in this whole release,This is available on digital format but I looked at the bands facebook and they have physical copies so contact them for that. hopefully this and maybe others catch on and we hear more from this band in the future.

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Dangerous – Against All (2019)

Dangerous
Release date: March 9th, 2019
Label: Wolf Demons Records

Here we have the latest from this established thrash band as they have been on the scene for quite a few years now and have made a name for themselves by now.

A four track demo of some very interesting subjects as the opener Animal Liberation / Human Annihilation is basically what the title says, as I was reading the lyrics one might think it’s a vegan song but it’s more as they show you the other side of things as how humans are hypocrites with their stupid thinking, I personally love the message behind this and yes it rips in the way the band is known for so a great opener.

The next track Inner War is a gem as it has so much feeling to it and it should as it starts out with a slow bassline before it burst into a rage as the vocals come in and then it hits you with a punch and the leads on here are fucking killer as you can hear the snare drum going off as well and with a nice break near the end that just made this the track I love on here most.

Night Stalker, well you know who this is about, Richard Ramirez of course and a nice little thrasher on how his bent mind worked and very interesting as a bass solo appears near the end before this all outrage comes in to finish, the last track is a cover of Los Prisioneros a Chilean legendary band that the youth back in the day looked up too and this cover is excellent as the band give their own flare to it, nothing like the original but heavy this time and the message behind the song is perfect.

This is a great demo that still shows the band not letting down and still in the same vein as their previous release so definitely worth checking out, this was just released on tape and digital so go grab a copy.

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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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Critical Defiance – Misconception (2019)

Critical Defiance
Release date:February 8th, 2019
Label:Unspeakable Axe Records

Some new Thrash from this band from Villa Alemana and had to check them out as I been hearing a lot about them since this was released.

From the opening track Desert Ways, I could hear there was something special as it was long with all kinds of shredding going on and just the way this band plays with all kinds of in your face aggression!

What’s really interested me was that each song has its own appeal to it even the instrumental 507 has this special sound to it that isn’t like the rest a bit tech maybe but still crushing! and the track What About You shows on how brutality can be taken to it’s ultimate as the solos are pure kill!

Onset is a hit or miss track as it’s long and a lot is happening throughout it which the listener will have to come to conclusion with as it’s 7 minutes long so have a listen, Pursuit of Chaos has a pure Bay Area feel to it with those chants that you heard a few bands back then added but they are all over this album but here they reminded me of that time, Misconception the title and final track is a perfect closer as to me the band get back to their best sound as the previous was a bit of a change for me.

This is should please all the thrashers out there as it has everything you would want in a release, vocals are perfect for it as sometimes these vocals might get boring on some thrash albums but not here, so I would put this as one of the best of the year at this point, an excellent debut.

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Craneal – Promo (2019)

Craneal
Release date:Jan,29,2019
Label:Independent

So the band put this up today and just in time as I needed a fix of some brutal thrash and this 2 song promo did the trick,they hail from Osorno and this is their second release and I was very impressed by the first one you can read here.

This first track Craneal which is an instrumental is just a pure delight to the ears as this has all the elements a kick ass track should have ripping riffs and the dueling leads are all on here to get your headbanging to a tilt a excellent driving track that nails it!

Tiempo Final was bit different at the start when I first listened to it but it really got good when I read the lyrics to it as they are about what this fucking world we live in is today is crumbling to and the song rips as you hear the anger in Angel Torres vocals and the great chorus “GUERRA,MISERIA Y VIOLENCIA” makes it stand out.

Everything on here is perfect for a thrash release,good production as you can hear all the instruments,I have no complaints and this shows that there are some really good bands that are not based in Santiago, there are plenty of killer bands all over they just need to be noticed and get that special push that some label will see and support them,the band is giving this away you can download it here. The video below has the lyrics to Tiempo Final.

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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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