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Skullpture – Reborn in Decay (2019)

Skullpture
Release date: November 7th, 2019
Label: Ten-Cai Records, V.I.C Records, Narcoleptica Productions

Here is one from late last year I been wanting to get to, the second full length from this death metal band and they have gotten good praise from what I read so here is my take.

A very cool intro on here (Downfall, and opens up with Nine Circles of Hell which has this crunchy riff going on before it picks up and a more full force comes out of the band as it goes on with some tempo changes that give flare to the track with some killer leads put in made this opener interesting and the vocals are sick as well.

This next one Ritual Ancestral has more feeling as it comes with a lot of more punch to it with a mix of all out fast shit and then a breakdown that adds to the flare but just when I was getting into it it was over the shortest track on here, Hunting Humans, this one is more full force coming at you as the drums really are going off here and in typical death metal style this is one of the best tracks on here to me, just love the aggression on here as well.

Feast with the Death with a more dark doom riff starting this off I was wondering where this is going as the vocals come in as well, but then it goes off as you hear the pounding double bass killing it and a furious all out bashing that gets right to the point, a very strong number. Xenomorph, I love the opening riff on here catchy as hell which leads to a more interesting sounds on here, this is a heavy one with a killer instinct to and just has this great feel to it as so much is going on here one of the best tracks on here.

And we go on to Morbid Dreams and hell yeah this is a ripper as this one kills all the way through, this the one to crush skulls to, a pure all out pounding that gets those blood juices going, a definite highlight on this album. so we go to Human Slaughterhouse and you know what to expect as you hear the chainsaw in the opening and this track lives up to its name as you get a feeling of all the blood splattering all over, a tight number with true venom packed in it, as we near the end, The Rotten Tree caught me on how the drums on here sound like a machine gun as it drives this track from start to finish as its sick especially the vocals and the guitar sound on hear is something that needs to be heard and a good closer as Respite (Outro) is just what it is.

This should please anybody into death metal as it has a lot of variety in it, it took me a few listens to get what the band is trying to deliver here, it goes along very well with those other reviews I read and they weren’t lying, some interesting news I read about the band is that now they have a female vocalist and I heard what she sounds like and it should be a treat on the bands next release, so something to look forward to.

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Nekromio – Paraphilia (2020)

Nekromio
Release date: April 14th, 2020
Label: Independent

Here is a Death Metal band that hit the scene last year with an impressive demo and left me wondering what was to come as this new one is something I had to checkout as they have gotten stronger on this release, four new tracks with an intro and this is pure Chilean death metal at its finest.

From Extirpación this is out to kill! as this wicked scream comes in and we are on our way to a tortures filled track of pure aggression to set the pace and it never stops and even the breakdown crushes as the vocals are fucking insane filled with pure vengeance and it continues on Configuración De Los Lamentos as this is packs an even more bite to it the lead on here is just a grinder and filled with a powerful punch that is out to fuck you up.

Nabucodonosor ll will have your blood pounding this just adds to the crushing this band has set out to do, the insanity on here is as good as it gets and even the fast pace towards the end is just insane, Nekrodios Putrefactor closes this out and a bit of a change but still killer the drumming on here is sick as hell as the mayhem really never stops as this one has a crunchy pace to it but it does its deed as you can hear the band really has a great drive going here, and you got to love the part the bass sticks out, a great closer to a hell of a demo.

This is a must hear to be honest as this will please anybody into death metal with an attitude and for a demo the production is as good as it gets and they way the vocalist hits the highs and lows is perfect, go check this out!

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Codex – Aponia (2020)

Codex
Release date: April 22nd, 2020
Label: Independent

Codex has been around for while now with their brand of death metal and it’s been awhile since I done a review on them, since the first release to be exact but really had to do something for this new EP as its shows how the band has grown since 2016 and is basically two maniacs behind this now.

So here we have 6 tracks and for openers this band has always had good production just to get that out of the way, so it opens up with Ataraxia which has this gutsy guitar riff that shoots right at you as the vocals come in which add to the flare of the track and this is pure death metal as the lyrics fit perfectly well for this opener that even gets better as it goes with these really heavy tempo changes that are a delight to the ears so a great opener!

And it gets even better on Macuñ as this one comes in at a faster pace with a real hard drive and what I’m really liking in these tracks are the breakdowns they have added some really catchy shit that really hits the mark and makes you want to raise that fist in delight, El sol tras la luna is up next and from title I’ll let you know these guys sing in the native language but it doesn’t matter and this track adds to the delight as it takes things to another level as this is more on the slower side but has a whole new feeling with the spoken part in the beginning but after that it gets heavy, its got its own feeling that just made this one a really good one I just love this track with all its feeling in it.

Martillo de brujas hell yeah! this one is the kill song as I would call it the lyrics here are just killer and about just as the title says busting heads and all that good shit and the music is fine as well, pure evil here excellent! and this rage continues on Dos minutos but more on a different level this is really one hell of a pounding track as its going out to kill with no doubt, one of the more faster paced tracks on here and to the point.

To end this Vae Victis, well this is very deep as the lyrics really put the feel to what the message is and it is what is going on in this world as the music fits perfect really doomy and shows what the power of music can do.

I would highly give this an ear as this release is a gem in my book really good material that is worth a listen as it has a lot of depth to it.

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SAR – Neoclassical Instrumental Dark (2020)

SAR
Release date: April 17th, 2020
Label: Independent

Well here we have this instrumental band that goes under the name SAR which are the initials of Sergio Aravena Rivas (Diabolvs, Forahneo, Rebelion, ex-Denying Nazarene, ex-Torturer, ex-Necrosis) and this is their first full length and I was looking forward to this as their previous two EP’s just blew me away on how good this band is.

So as the title of the album says this is what you get on here 9 tracks, some previous released but pure enjoyment to my ears as this a bit different from most of the material I post on here but it deserves a mention and this release has all ingredients featured on the past releases some heavy riffs here and there and thrash as well and the track Ausencia takes the band to another level as its not your headbanging maniac track but a soothing one with lots of feeling, a total get away from the madness I would say but there are some great heavy hitters on here as well.

This being a trio the production is superb you can hear all the instruments in fine fashion as you can tell the band really put a lot heart into this production and I really can’t pick any favorites on here as this is all good, some great driving music or just something I would hear with a few beers in solitude.

But in the end I highly recommend this, the only downer is that its only available by digital format but the band says physical copies will come out but this band needs worldwide distribution as the first two are on cd and I would love to have these in my collection.

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Ripper – Paranormal Waves (2020)

Ripper
Release date: March 30th, 2020
Label: Independent

Well the band didn’t waste time finding a new bass player and this 4 track EP shows the didn’t miss a step as this is what you would expect from the band and believe me this is some strong material.

From the opener Paranormal Waves I wondered how if any there would be change in the sound but this starts out with a mid tempo feel to it but it goes insane a few more seconds in and yeah that bass sound is there like the earlier stuff so the band has not lost one bit of a feel to it! this crushes to the bone and has a great feel as it should.

And the madness continues on Uncontrolled Abjection, another kill track! lots of ripping guitar here as the band goes off full tilt, the only complain I have is the guitar could of been louder as it gets drowned out when it shouldn’t be but on to this instrumental I Origin here the bass playing of new member Jose Piutrin comes into full view and the man has this down to the bone and this ain’t bad of a track either as it’s catchy as hell.

We close off with The Médium and a beauty of a track as it has all the elements this band is known for a lot of powerful tempo changes that blend in well, so a hell of an EP that should please all the fans of this band, don’t know if this will be released in physical format as the band hasn’t said much about this, I thought it would be on their Bandcamp page but nothing.

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Here is the whole EP for your listening pleasure.

Pistilos Opium – Híbrido (2020)

Pistilos Opium
Release date: February 2nd, 2020
Label: Fallen Temple/Thanatology Productions

This is a new band and more on the old school death/doom side and this is their first release and this EP really has a powerful punch to it as the production on here is excellent! four tracks of some very catchy shit that will grab you from the first listen.

The opener Distancia comes off as some doom heavy powerful stuff as the vocals really stand out as the band has a great drive behind it with this feeling that it is ready to explode and it does as this will grab you from the start, I was amazed on how good this is.

And holy shit! the title track Híbrido, takes things to another level as the the hook on the opening riff just gets you then these fierceful vocals take over with no remorse and then the guitar leads oh man this is powerful stuff to mind fuck you, excellent track! Things get even heavier on Pernicioso as this one to this point is the mind blower for me as so much killer shit is going on these mind shredding leads and the way the track just has this great feel to it, one of the highlights on here for me as it has this awesome feel to it and to the closer Destrucción de fe with the bass hammering down in the start I knew I was in for something good as this rolls with so much intensity that just makes you lose it and it even gets heavier near the band is going off on all cylinders that leaves you wanting more.

I highly recommend you give this a listen as I came into it with an open mind and it grabbed me from the start the production on here is excellent, this band will go far with the right connections so spread the word.

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1879 – Sangre Barbarie y Honor (2020)

1879
Release date: March 31st, 2020
Label: Independent

Hell yes! with all the shit going on in the world at the moment 1879 releases a free download of their latest work and as I was told by the band this will get a physical release as soon as all the shit happening has ended but for those that don’t know about the band they play Black Metal which concentrates more on History,Hate and War in their lyrics as 1879 was the year the War of the Pacific started against Bolivia and Peru and ended up winning a few years later.

So let’s get to this, here we have 10 tracks one being an instrumental and I knew what to expect from the band as I have heard the earlier releases but this full length has been something I have waited on and others as well.Fuego Cruzado opens this off and straight from the lyrics we are off to war as this is pretty straight forward to the point as everybody is going off on here as the vocals are your typical black death vocals but with there own character to them which got me into the mood of what’s to come. Embestida de la Muerte ah yes the intro takes us back to that time with a war feeling but then the band comes in and we are going in for the kill! you could say as this one is out to kill the enemy! tons of heavy bust your balls pounding here as this is more like the earlier material I heard excellent track!

Artillería Letal, you want a fast one well this one’s for you as here all guns come a blazing as this feeds off hatred as it should fuck the drums are pounding on here like a machine gun, a true headbasher here this will kill your ass, fucking brutal! even the hard pounding riffage at the end tops it off.Marcha Lenta hacia la Muerte is a bit different as its heavy kinda doomy at the start as the tale is about the troops crossing the desert and the sound works but this gets heavy as fuck as it goes along so you can picture what this is about a very killer track as this has a lot of flare to it that made it very enjoyable from start to finish as it goes into the instrumental Desolación del Desierto which is basically the bass guitar and sounds perfect for the title and theme of what’s going on here.

And we get back into the madness on Demencia Guerra y Alcohol and this rips as it’s a celebration of the Chilean troops taking control and fucking women and drinking as it was meant to be as the track is solid piece of torture, as we get back into the action on Carne de Cañon and is another hard bashing track with its own life to it some tempo changes that really make it interesting as this one shines as well, the guitar on here is off the wall with some killer riffs that need to be heard a good one no doubt.Fosa Comun, Fosa de la Gloria is more on a slower tempo as it tells more of the dark side of the war and more different than the rest on here but it packs a punch in its own right as the ending brings more light to it.

As we get near the end Himnos de Guerra is one of those tracks that is out to make a point this has that pounding kinda riffage at the start that goes with the lyrics telling you a tale as it goes on it gets even heavier as the drums take control and song even gets heavier as it goes on and shines even more towards the end, as I liked it more after a few listens but this closer Sobre el Palacio De los Virreyes is the final nail in the coffin as this claims victory and the music and lyrics here are filled with Chilean pride as this is what this band is about, the track cuts at a point as you hear these waves of the ocean playing and then the drums come back and all hell breaks loose as this must be a hidden track that ends this on a total high as the duel vocal sound here adds to the glory.

Fuck! this is good shit and can’t wait til its released, but you can get it here but support the band and buy the physical copy when it comes out.

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Sign of Evil – Psychodelic Horror (2020)

Sign of Evil
Release date: February 2020
Label: Caligari Records/Edged Circle Productions

So here we have mastermind Camilo Pierattini aka Witchfucker (Invocation Spells,Dekapited,Speed Attack) and his solo project, I must admit as soon as he mentioned of this project I was wondering what more he could bring to the table as all his other bands simply shred.

So from Death Will Rise we get this dirty almost punky style bass intro but as soon as that part gets through the real element of what is going to be delivered here comes to light and nothing like his other bands as this has a life of its own, this first track is heavy as fuck with its own special taste so I was impressed with this, the rhythm guitar on here is just blazing!

Something to mention there is a lot of filler between tracks on here to give the demo that more powerful feel to it, so we go onto this next one Guilty, which keeps the aggression going and in good fashion as this has more of a feeling of what this whole project is about with what the title says and it’s very enjoyable from what I’m hearing to this point.Horror brings this home with this piano intro and then the guitar that has this evil wicked sound that is spread throughout this whole thing it’s strange sounding eerie as it should be and is something to hear as it sounds like something from what a horror flick would bring to the table and its short and sweet.Spilling Black Signs, of all the tracks to this point this one is really off the wall as the guitar is in its own world and as I listened it was like what the fuck is going on here but it gets heavier as it goes along but like most the tracks on here its very short but to the point and it continues on Force to Eternity as this really has a psychotic feel to it with a killer bass line to open then the madness comes in which is really excellent to be honest.

So the closer Death Crew is about as good as the whole demo as all the elements that were put into the previous tracks are here and this is something you should listen to as it has a bit of everything in it, I mean I came into it with an open mind and had to listen a few times and it’s worth a listen as I want to hear more as this very short but packs some good shit in it.

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Ancient Crypts – Inhaling the Fumes of a Burning Carcass (2020)

Ancient Crypts
Release date: January 13th, 2020
Label: Crypts of Eternity Productions/Burning Coffin Records

After the Devoured by Serpents demo released back in 2013 I was wondering what happened to this band as that demo left a very good impression on me so here we are in 2020 and they release this new EP and things have changed since as all these tracks on here are new and have a new feeling from what I heard previously.

This starts out with Introduction: Andante Allucinatorio which is an instrumental and then we go into the first track An Amorphous Simphony of Accursed Flutes which comes out driving but then we get these high pitch guitar sounds that surprised me but then it gets intense for a bit as it slows down a bit but with this excellent guitar part but then it gets a bit on a more pounding vibe but the vocals on here are really good as they brought more light to the track, a bit different from what I heard before from the band.

Sarcophagidaes, more heaviness here as this has more of a crunchier feel to it from the start the drums really stood out here for me, if you like that heavy pounding style of death metal this track is for you. Inhaling the Fumes of a Burning Carcass is a longer number on here as the band has more of a deep dark feeling here as it has a evil feeling as the vocals really put a feeling to this as this track has something that they never done before as it closes down to awaken to a slow pounding vibe that might not suit all just to let you know.

He Spoke Behind the Mask of Clay is the last track and more on the heavy side as the band goes all out on here with all kinds of good sickness prevails here, the guitar leads really take it to another step, but this EP is nothing like the last demo this might be for some people and maybe not it has its moments but to be honest the demo was a bit different compared to this.

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Coffin Curse – Ceased to Be (2020)

Coffin Curse
Release date: January 27th, 2020
Label: Memento Mori

Oh yeah the long awaited full length from Coffin Curse and after all these years I knew what to expect so this will be good as this band has never disappointed in my book.

So Gathered unto Death opens this up and from the get go this track strikes at you with plenty of killer hooks and so great lyrics to add to the whole flare of it a great opener as Where Sickness Thrives things get a bit even heavier as there are lots of killer hooks on here as well but there is an excellent lead in here that grabs you instantly and it finishes of with a glorious head smashing jam that really kicked my ass!

Chopped Clean Off, great title don’t you think? and up to this point a very powerful out to kill track as it is out to kill from the start as this is a crusher from start to finish, one of those tracks that end before you know it, so its good believe me.Descend into Abhorrence gets us back into a more a crushing death metal that the band is good at this has that creeper feel to it in the beginning but hell does it get better as the tempo speeds up and keeps you pinned as it gets a bit crunchier at a point but then blows up again and this mystifying killer lead sound on here really brought even more light to it,good shit!

Just as I thought things might be getting a bit slower Feeding on Perpetual Disgrace comes on and this really brought me up this track kills plenty of speed catchy hooks all over and the aggression on here is just the way I like it, one of the best tracks on here for me.Extinct takes a bit more of slower pace but heavy I will say and reading the lyrics this fits in well as it gets going more midway through a bit of a change from the rest of the album but not bad as it has its high points, you just need to hear it to really get the feeling of it.

Grave Offender gets us back into the more fast paced and dark sick lyrics which blend in so well here as this has its own killer punch to it that enjoyed as its a quick one and the closer Deep in Streams of Purifying Dirt is a long epic track that offers all kinds of goods through the whole thing as I was never let down on here as this closed this killer debut with a high like it should.

I highly recommend this release death metal only the way Coffin Curse has been delivering for years now, the production and all that is perfect on here the wait was worth the wait!

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