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Black Grail – VIIII (2022)

Black Grail
Release date: September 23rd, 2022
Label: Iron Bonehead Productions

Black Grail has got to be one of the strangest black metal acts out there as their first full length from 2015 pretty much left us with a promising sound of what was to come, but it never came back as last years second full length Dinámicas espirituales was probably the strangest releases of the year, I just couldn’t get into it, hell it took them so many years to follow up the debut I expected more.

So the band is back with a new EP and from the opening track Encarcelado y Condenado I knew the band was experimenting again as this has a very doomy feeling to it, its very slow with some spoken vocals here and there, nothing mind blowing here for my taste, things pickup on Reflexiones en cicuta as the beat is more up there and some evil screams pop up and then it gets heavy and interesting as it might catch the ears of the listener as it goes on, way better than the opener.

La separación, vista como muerte is a short instrumental that sounds eerie and creepy and leads us into Transmigración del alma which at this point is the heaviest thing heard and shows the band going off, this is more like it as this track has that killer instinct, and to close a disolución, consumación de la ascesis which goes back to the slow depressing vibe and it basically ends like that as it rides out like that.

This might be for some of you but not my cup of tea, the guy at Iron Bonehead Productions must like it as he released it, so I have no clue what this band has to offer in the future.

Letalis – Bestia Oculta (2022)

Letalis
Release date: September 7th, 2022
Label: Independent

Here is the debut by this female (Jacqueline Jara) fronted Heavy Speed Metal band, And from the beginning of the title track you can hear the band is pretty tight and this girl has some pipes on her, this is catchy even with the breaks the band throws in so not a bad opener and Culto a las sombras shows a heavier side of the band, more speed and aggression filled and it continues on Nací para vencer which has a killer drive to it and some ripping leads on here but it has a break in which the bass takes over but then goes into a frenzy, which closes it out, good stuff.

Escupe Fuego is that one track you find on an album and you like from the first listen, well at least for me as it has a great drive and some heavy pounding parts that really stand out, Veneno de escorpión is up there as well, the screams on here are powerful as hell as the track is just as good. Máquina de almas podridas great track with some lyrics that are powerful to today’s society and the way she sings it comes across very well.

Lloviendo sobre el mar here is where a change comes as this is pretty slow at the beginning but it builds up as it goes the vocals are what is mostly highlighted here, different but not bad and to close Cráneos a speedy track but a strange ending as the bass crashes in and this rides out in a fade.

Not a bad release if your into this kind of stuff, lets just hope they ain’t just a one off shot band as I have seen a handful of these female fronted bands put out some good material but fade into oblivion later on.

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Xilpillah – Promo Live (2022)

Xilpillah
Release date: July 28, 2022
Label: Independent

Another new comer to the scene we get this live promo and they go under the Black /Thrash Metal genre according to their Facebook page, and both these tracks on here are pretty good, both show two sides of the band and both are solid tracks.

They need to get into a studio and show what they really got, I sure will be hoping for more and hopefully soon.

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Sendero Muerto – Promo XX II (2022)

Sendero Muerto
Release date: July 28, 2022
Label: ESE OCHO

Some black metal from the south, this is the bands second release from what I know as not much info is out there on them but this promo sounds promising, you can download the bands release from 2019 here.

But lets get into this new one, four tracks on this and still has the same sound as the 2019 release but as the Intro comes on you can hear the production is a little weaker than before but don’t get me wrong as the intensity shines on El Puente del Suicidio as this track blazes at the start but then comes down at the end.

False Temple is in about the same mode as the previous and comes across as being to short, and the closer Interlude which is an instrumental brings this to a close on a high note as its heavy and hits the spot.

A band I will keep an ear too, as with the right production will get its due.

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Solipnosis – Poder Absoluto Individual (2022)

Solipnosis
Release date: August 23rd, 2022
Label: Dissonant Death Records

A band I never focused on before but have given a listen to and it’s out of this world stuff they spew out and this demo shows 2 tracks that are coming on a new EP to be released.

Like on the first track on here Poder Absoluto Individual which has an opening that some will think “what the fuck is this”, but be patient as this goes off with some absolute pounding as you can hear the instruments taking a beating, it has it’s up and down moments but I ain’t complaining this is pretty brutal in it’s own way.

Divagaciones En Disminuida is a short instrumental piece just to fill inbetween tracks as we go into Permanencia De Memoria Inmediata which is the heavier of both tracks and this one has a life of its own, really fast paced and the production is great through the whole thing, a very haunting vibe to it, has a break in it that takes you to another place, the bass really shines on here and ends with a bashing.

Progressive Black/Speed Metal is what they are calling it and you could say that, something different for sure and all for the good, hoping the EP comes soon.

Mayhemic – The Darkest Age (2022)

Mayhemic
Release date: August 26th, 2022
Label: Awakening Records

When this first popped up om my screen I thought the band had finally launched it’s first full length but it was to good to be true as this is a compilation of the bands previous work put on one release.

I think the only thing on here that has never been released is the Dying Victims (Kreator cover) so nothing really mind blowing, I figured something like this was coming out sooner or later, a good piece to have if your a collector, those who have their material already, you won’t be missing much if you don’t have this. the packageing looks interesting though.

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Martillo Austral – Requiem (2022)

Martillo Austral
Release date: August 15th, 2022
Label: Independent

The latest from Martillo Austral, the band told me it was their third full length album and if you follow them since the start you should notice they change sound on every release and on here its diffferent than the last.

Absentia opens this up and it’s a lengthy track with a good melodic feel to it, the vocals come in the extreme style and the guitar riffage is what really stood out to me and it goes on throughout the track as the lead takes over and it gave it more feel, really enjoyable with each listen. on Sanctus the vocals are brought out more and the hypnotical guitar vibe is still there and a little more upbeat as well.

And things get a bit differrent on the remainer of this as the last four tracks both have a I or II in the title like Libera me I which is an instrumental that has a haunting feeling as it sounds comepletely done on keyboards which leads us into part II and this is more electric and quite lengthy at over 12 minutes and it has a feeling of taking you on a ride and the keys are really up front here and they come to light even more as about half way in the whole track takes a new direction but then near the end it gets heavier to close it out on a high note.

To close out Lux Aeterna I which is just the riffage on keys that will be on part II and this part is more better as it gives this whole thing a good ending.

More on the atmospheric side I would call this, no blast beats but I can listen to this at anytime, don’t know where the band will take us on the next take but this is a good follow up to their last.

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Mezexis – Demo I (2022)

Mezexis
Release date: August 1st, 2022
Label:Independent

Here is another new band that crossed my path, labeled Black Metal, this is up to the listener to decide, only two tracks Beyond The Eyes is brutal and raw this sounds like the old days of tape trading production as it is all over the place.
La Sombra del Infinito shows another side of the band and this is my fav of the two, and so many years of listening to this stuff here is one that brings back the old vibe for real.

Not much is known about them which is fine but will keep an eye out if anythng new pops up.

Mortuarium – Mortuarium (2022)

Mortuarium
Release date: July 21st, 2022
Label: Putrid Prods.

Some new Death Metal from this band coming out of the south. and actually their first release on this EP of four tracks.

Demon Attack this opener should satisfy bangers into this stuff a really well written with all the right elements a great opener and the pounding continues on Masacre Demencial  as this has heavy crushing riffage at the start and will say the vocals are top notch on this as well the production, this gets better as it goes with a great lead that ccmes in and goes back to that heavy riffage, excellent material.

And it really gets even better on Instinto Visceral which is about a killer and his lust to kill and the way he does it, the track has a great build up from the start, one of the best on here and the closer Necrófago is the perfect closer, grotesque stuff written here that left me floored.

This is a hell of a release, I hope to hear more from them in the near future as this will crush the weak.

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