Release date: September 22nd, 2017
Here’s another band that I have been anxiously waiting to release new material ever since I heard their debut EP Sorcery of the Damned back in 2014. Oraculum hails from Rancagua, and features 2 members of the barbaric Black/Death Metal act known as Wrathprayer, but here they are devoted to spread pure Death Metal madness with a raw and dirty edge. Invictus Productions from Ireland took the band under it’s wing from the start and now brings us this new piece of chilean barbarity.
Now, speaking about the songs, It seems to me that the songwriting is different, like if they are taking a more direct approach than what we were able to notice in Sorcery of the Damned, where the songs seemed more “logically constructed”, and the whole record had a more unified atmosphere, while now both songs are much more direct and aggressive from the start. Lex Talionis has a faster pace, more frantic and messy, while Semper Excelcius is more heavy and crushing.
Soundwise, the overall production seems to be a little bit more polished than the previous work. It’s not an abysmal change, and it won’t threw you off, but you’ll notice an improvement in the sound quality, resulting in a more powerful sound, even if it’s still dark, raw and dirty.
But there is something that I must complain about. This EP is way too short. I mean, only two songs plus the intro and a cover (a masterfully executed version of Sphinx from Germany’s Poison), which results in basically like 10 minutes of new music makes it a little dissapointing to me. But aside from that, it’s a very good release, which leaves you craving for more. I just hope that we don’t have to wait for another three years to have a new Oraculum album on the streets.