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Southern Cross – Enigmatic Creation (2020)

Southern Cross
Release date: November 20th, 2020
Label: Independent

Here is a death/thrash band I came across and looked into and they been around since 1994 but as I looked deeper into them this is the only release they are credited for.

Nine tracks on here and this release has a lot of variation on it, Fundation of Humanity (Instrumental) starts this out and its pretty catchy as its a mid pace composition that has a good drive as it goes into Southern Path/Ancestral Legacy and this opens up with a slow heavy tempo but then it builds up and here the vocals come in and we get the taste of death as the track just has this crunchy texture to it then some leads are thrown in that make it even more enjoyable and near the end the pace gets faster which ended this on a high note.

Brotherhood of the Serpent, comes in a bit more on the harder edge as the drums are being pounded to hell then minor break where it takes us on another dimension of the track as it has a good drive and its a solid piece, as Death’s Shadow is a killer riffage fiasco as this is all over the place, a bit more aggression on this one.

And as we get into Blue Blood and this up to this point is one of the highlights on here for me, as this has more fast parts in it and gets to the point and even with some breaks near the end made this stand out and the drive continues on Pit of the Abyss as this has this main way presenting itself as the track has these heavy riffs while a lead is going off, good stuff.

Sarcastic Existence (Instrumental) and a very pleasant one as it has quite a few parts in here that just grab you, I wouldn’t even call it that extreme but on the heavy glory side as the way it was composed is excellent! Masters of Time closes this out and a good one as this has some interesting parts as its quite long but very catchy especially the leads that are put in here, a good closer to this.

In closing this might not be for everybody as its not your typical all out bash of death/thrash like other bands are doing but this has all kinds of elements throughout it that made it listenable to my ears as its has a lot of heavy metal in it which is good as it takes you to another dimension not many bands from the area are doing, so I would give it a listen.

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Best 20 of 2020

Well after a shit year the only good thing was there was plenty of great releases put out and here are my picks and it wasn’t easy, but Orion for me took the honor just a classic album of pure death thrash but this list has black metal, death metal, death/thrash black/thrash all that good shit!

I basically gathered the best full lengths, EP, Splits and demos, you may ask why I praised some demos in my reviews but didn’t make the list, well maybe how many tracks featured or it was the bands first effort but if you get mentioned here take it as a compliment as I only list bands that I see potential in and get an honorable mention like Hell Possession, Ashakk Xul, Deconsekrated, To Death, etc. and some stuff I can’t even get like the full length from Ares Kult and even contacted the band but told me the label has the rights to the release and can’t even buy a digital copy, pretty fucking sad if that’s the case.

This list was made from what bands sent me and what I could gather on my own as there is a wave of bands out there and I just can’t get to it all, if you have something you think I should listen to just let me know its that simple.
At the bottom is a video of a track from each release so 21 as a split made the cut, cheers!

The List:

Orion – Mysterivm Cosmographicvm
(Iron, Blood and Death Corporation)

Invocation  -Attunement to Death
(Iron Bonehead Productions)

Funeralis – Gateways to Esoteric Light
(Schattenkult Produktionen)

Antagonyze – Echoes from Soul
(Independent/Infernal South Productions)

Oldeath – Rise from Majestic Darkness
(Oratorivm Records/Black Legion Records)

Attacker Bloody Axe – The Axe of Evil Shall Prevail!!!
(Electric Eyes Records)

Thirsty Demon – Unconscious Suicide
(Dissonant Death Records)

1879 – Sangre Barbarie y Honor
(Independent)

Violent Scum – Ornaments of Bloodshed
(Melipulli)

Cortejo Fúnebre – Profano
(Infernal Death Productions)

Hostile Faith – Last Remnants of Life
(Neptunian Records/Life After Death)

Hexerei/Cold Darkness – Hexed Winds of Darkness (Split)
(Infernal Death Productions)

Detest – Sacred Revelation
(Independent)

Darkspell – Into the Darkness
(ThreeMetal Forces Distro)

Invincible Force – Decomposed Sacramentum
(Dark Descent Records)

Gates of Tyrant – Vortex Towards Death
(Putrid Cult/Apocalyptic Productions)

Xalpen – Sawken Xo’on
(Morbid Skull Records/Nigredo Records)

Ominovs – Demo MMXX
(Putrid Prods.)

Indoctrinate – Antilogos: Arcane Transmutation in the Temple of Flesh
(Unholy Prophecies)

Sempiternal – Legiones del Sepulcro
(Messiah of Evil Records/Thanatology Productions)

Oppositor – Progresión a la Perversión (2020)

Oppositor
Release date: November 28th, 2020
Label: Three Metal Forces Distro/Ten-Cai Records

Well its been a while since I heard from these guys and their EP from 2016 really impressed me so I been waiting for this the first things I noticed the production on here is more clearer than before and they have a new vocalist.

So from the start Hordas Putrefactas is heavy as hell and the aggression is impressive as this tears in then a more slower tempo comes in but some great solos thrown in and gets heavier again to finish it off, Cristianofobia has a more mid tempo start but it has a very catchy feel to it, its death thrash and comes with that certain punch the track has more drive as it goes on and I like break near the end when the solo breaks in and gives this glorious end.

Siete Craneos has this really twisted feel to it as the guitar riff that drives this really stuck to my head but then a break comes in and this really sweet lead comes in and the vocals take a step up, then a harder drives comes in with another lead thrown in that gave the track a good end.

(Interludio) Asmodea is just some fill before we get back into it on Orgasmic Death from what I hear is the only track sung in English and it gets right to the point as goes into head crushing vibe then a great part thrown in that slows the track down but its fucking heavy then it goes off again, good shit!

H.L.L. is one of the best tracks on here dedicated to the serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, this goes right for the throat right from the start and doesn’t let go, a total onslaught as all cylinders are at full force even with a minor break this hits the spot.

We finish with Historias Silenciadas and another pounder of a track with some killer tempo changes as it has a great vibe to it as the band really goes off here an excellent way to end this.

A solid release I would say something deaththrashers out there should give a listen to.

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Darkspell – Into the Darkness (2020)

Darkspell
Release date: November 6th, 2020
Label: ThreeMetal Forces Distro/Independent

Well its been along time since I gave this band a listen, as I remember giving an ear to their first demo from 2018 and wanted to hear what would come of them and I seen they released a few singles in between and now this full length of death thrash.

From the first notes of the opener Tormented Mind, I could hear these guys had stepped it and where now ready to unleash this chaos on the underground and an assault of pure heaviness was to come, the ripping leads on here really impressed me and a very old school sound to top it off.

And it continues on Endless Abyss with a very heavy groove that pounds and the blazing leads on here really crush, fucking killer shit that will drill your ears, and Punished by Your Own Hand, this track really hit the spot with a heavy riff that pounds and then it up roars as it takes a new life that will leave you floored.

And from the previous track the whole album just went into another dimension as Burn the Church from the opening just goes for the throat! the vocals on here are right to the point, just pure evil the way it should be, and bashing keeps rolling on Into the Darkness as this storms in but then the breakdown which is slow but has so much feeling with a great lead and then after a such awesome reprise as it gets heavy as hell an excellent track!

Darkspell the track is straight on with some blazing leads that deliver but what comes next on
Gates of Hell, well here you have another onslaught as this has all you would want as this will crush you, want extreme this is it!

As we near the end the raging continues on Evil Returns the guitar work on here is ravishing and will leave you floored, a very catchy number as you can hear in the vocals and the band never gives up as the closer Otherside is brutal as it should be as this pounds and when it goes off this delivers the guitar leads left me with grin of delight.

You want to talk about a excellent piece of underground release, give this a yell to the fuckers that don’t know this is gem, total support!

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Invincible Force – Decomposed Sacramentum (2020)

Invincible Force
Release date: October 22nd, 2020
Label: Dark Descent Records

Well the wait is over after the bands brilliant debut here we have this long awaited second slab.

The band has definitely matured since the first, this release absolutely crushes!

The chaos is spread out through this with great riffs of catchy shit to please all the fuckers out there, all the tracks have a high intensity to them, nothing new to the genre but it has all the good dose you could want.

There isn’t any standout points on here as they are all there, me being an old school metalhead I had this grin of delight as I listened to this.

This is heavy shit and I highly recommend it as it will crush you!

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Orion – Mysterivm Cosmographicvm (2020)

Orion
Release date: September 30th, 2020
Label: Iron, Blood and Death Corporation

Well where do I even begin as this band has only two demos released and awhile back, as I listened to one of their earlier demos they have really matured from then and now and have risen with a brilliant full length of death/thrash.

This is one of those albums that caught my attention from the first listen, the opener On Being and Becoming goes right for the throat, I was taken on how good the band sounds, lots of good hooks all over the track, ripping leads and the vocals are just right, you can understand them perfectly.

And basically this is what is offered here, there is no dull moment on this as there is plenty of neck breaking madness to get your fill to.

And to add on the track Epinomis some keyboards are thrown in and fit just right as they come in when the track breaks down and then goes off in the end.

This concludes with Witchery War which is the only old track on here and sounds way better than the original and a good closer to this.

All I can say this a must have to your collection this album slays!! one of the best of the year.

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Ejecutor – Que dancen las brujas (compendio diabólico) (2020)

Ejecutor
Release date: April 25th, 2020
Label: Nyarlathotep Records, Deranged for Leftovers Productions, Impaled Records

Yes this is a compilation released by Brazilian labels this year with the first two full lengths and the first EP but as a bonus we get the 2020 EP Metal Venenoso which I will be reviewing here, the Chilean pressing has the same tracks but the bonus is a remastered demo plus some live tracks.

One thing that I hear is this band has gotten better with age, if you enjoyed the production on their last full length it has carried over to this.

Metal Venenoso, right to the point with a heavy riff to start then into the driving fast paced shit! before breaking down to this real heavy part you hear the bass is heard and then some ripping lead and after that the blows up into oblivion, just what I expected total killer.

And it continues on Que dancen las brujas, as this comes out more storming and if your familiar with the band you know what I mean, this is an all out assault on the senses, the break after the lead is fucking intense as hell a true nerve wrecker.

As there are only three tracks to the EP they chose to do a cover of Varathron in Genesis of Apocryphal Desire and they did a great job as it sounds better do to the production, a great cover.

Just some more killer shit to add to the bands discography, these guys are already known worldwide and one of the scenes best as they have already been to Europe to spread their mayhem, hope a new full length is next.

Cortejo Fúnebre – Profano (2020)

Cortejo Fúnebre
Release date: June 6th, 2020
Label: Infernal Death Productions

For a debut for a band with no earlier material this is an amazing release, Black/Death is says in the archives but this is more on the Death/Thrash side to my ears to be honest.

Eight tracks on here and I won’t get into the whole thing but from Inquisición this release goes into a maniacal frenzy of pure rage, the tracks are sung in Spanish but even adds more intensity to the whole thing, the vocals are sick as they need to be.

They have no bass player which doesn’t matter, the tracks have all kind of great hooks to them, the track Esbirros del mal is a pure out assault with all these riffs going off all over the place. Things change up on El infierno de Demóstemes as here the band takes a different aim in the beginning but burst into insanity near the end, way different but still hits the spot.

And believe me that the relentless onslaught continues on after, if you like fast shit to kill to, this album has all you want, killer ripping leads on the title track that will leave you floored and some killer crunchy riffs thrown in once in awhile and then the band explodes again on almost all the tracks.

Glad I came across this release cause I always have a love for bands that have this type of intense aggression to get away from the other stuff, only thing that is a downer is its only available in digital format but I talked to the label and they mentioned maybe in the near future an actual physical release will come out. which I hope cause this kills!

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Antagonyze – Echoes from Soul (2020)

Antagonyze
Release date: April 3rd, 2020
Label: Independent/Infernal South Productions

Here is a band from Nacimiento, Biobío, I just stumbled across this release and and its a full length demo, the band go under Blackened Death/Thrash and will mention this has keyboards as well and fit in just right.

Intro + Apocaliptic Dawn start this up and its quite a catchy number as it has a great drive with a great growl and tons of hooks as the bass takes a stand on here as well as far as the vocals are good but the production could of been better as the drums override this, but its a demo so shit like this happens but nothing to take away from what is laid down here.

And forgot to mention they have two vocalist and here on Don’t Be Profane they can be heard on this track really well as the vocals sound more down tone at times and the beginning the drums open it up and unfortunately you can hear what I was saying earlier, but this is really good once you get over that has a ripping lead that simply slays.

I won’t get into all the tracks as there is so much to be enjoyed on here even the guitar instrumental Echoes from Soul sounds so in depth that it shows another side of the band but it blends in well with this whole recording.

The band really has a great sound and the only complain is that small production issue, this with a remaster could be a hell of a gem as it has some well composed tracks that never bored me through the whole thing, an awesome technical sound is what I’m trying to say.

I highly recommend you give this a listen to and spread the word of the band as they deserve more recognition after this.

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Pentagram Chile – Past, Present and Future (2019)

Pentagram Chile
Release date: October 4th, 2019
Label: Cyclone Empire

Well its been almost a year now since this compilation was released and I remember Anton on a video saying he didn’t know if a cd version of this was going to be released, so I got tired of waiting and bought the vinyl.

This opens up with Evil Incarnate which was originally on the bands first rehearsal demo but here its redone and sounds excellent.

The Antrum is the only new track on here and is a well written that has the bands stamp all over it with this hypnotic riff in it that really stands out and some great hooks thrown in that made this one of the highlights on here.

There are three covers on here and this being an instrumental Anticueca #2 which was originally done by Violeta Parra a Chilean composer, singer-songwriter, folklorist, ethnomusicologist and visual artist. and the band puts its own flavor to it and it sounds killer.

Ritual Human Sacrifice, originally from the split with Unaussprechlichen Kulten from a few years ago is added here and glad they did cause I don’t have the original and that closes out side A.

Side B is live in the studio and both tracks by the band sound perfect, Sacrophobia is first up and will say the version of Profaner on here is my favorite version of this song, it just sounds more powerful on here compared to the earlier versions.

Well onto these covers a Celtic Frost (Dethroned Emperor) and Death (Evil Dead), all I can say I think they could of gone more deeper into both these bands catalogs and picked more obscure tracks as these have been done by so many bands now, could you imagine if they did “Suicidal Winds” that would of killed! Not saying these are bad but you know what I mean.

A good compilation for diehards of the band, I just hope there is another full length in the band in the future.

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