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Cadaveric Cult – Spiritual Migration (2021)

Cadaveric Cult
Release date: February 5th, 2021
Label: Burning Coffin Records

Well here we have yet another new death metal band which has members or Putrid Evocation in it, a three track demo of some really brain crushing mayhem this will pound your head in.

And from the get go on Transhumation, this has a very heavy doom like feeling to it and it gets heavier and more punishing as it goes, reminds me a little of Demilich at some times, great riffage on here and the vocals are superb real dark and grotesque.

Descent even takes this to another level as this has that same hard doomy feel but sucks you in with how deep it goes and then when it puts the drive in this wicked lead shines out as this piles into your skull, this track will floor you!

The closer Reincarnation Transmigration is just as strong as the previous but more speed offered here, the tone on the guitars is just perfect and one of the main ingredients this band has in their music, excellent with out a doubt.

A total crusher of a demo this needs more exposure as the band has all the goods needed, I hope they get signed as I’ll be the first in line for a full length debut.

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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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.

The Black Harvest – The Black Harvest (2017)

The Black Harvest
Release date: December 1st, 2017
Australis Records

Ok, let’s get back on track with the reviews. Last week I received this album, and even if it’s not the kind of Metal that I usually listen to, I decided to give it a chance, and ended up being pleasently surprised by the quality of this work.

The Black Harvest is sort of a side project of Matt S. from the Death Metal band Son In Curse (you can check the review of their album Trivnviratvm here), who started this band as a solo project more than a decade ago, playing a mixture of Doom/Death that drinks directly from the classic names of the early 90’s, the ones like Paradise Lost, Katatonia, My Dying Bride, early Anathema or Amorphis, so you get the idea. This is their debut album and it comes after a demo called Mysterious Glory of Immortality (released in 2015).

The overall sound of the recording is very good, the band managed to produce a clear and powerful aura without falling into a plastic or overprocessed sound. The balance between instruments is almost perfect, the guitars sound sharp and don’t get crushed by the drums, and you can actually hear the bass adding that extra layer of heaviness that more often than not seems to get lost in so many albums. The vocals could be described as the “standard” gutural Death Metal growls mixed with some clean and melancholic voices.

This is one of those albums that are perfect to listen to on a dark, grey, cloudy and rainy day when you can fully dive into the melancholic atmosphere of the songs. ¿Standout songs? Hard to say cause the album as a whole is very well balanced, but for mere personal preference I would choose Wicked Bloody Eclipse, Epic Song of Darkness and Of Wizards and Demons as my favourites. So, bottom line, if you like the classic sound of the early 90’s Doom/Death Metal scene then you should really pay attention to this.

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