Release date:January 23rd, 2017
Label:Shadow Kingdom Records
Maot (Guitars,Bass) actually contacted me to check out the band which is cool, as I had no idea who they were as they have no page on social media but I’m glad he did cause this three track EP is something special.
This they say is heavy metal, I say yeah but more on the edgy side if you like Motorhead and Tank that kind of stuff this is what you get here,Highway Robbery,opens this up with a intro that sets the mood on what the track is about and it’s about a psycho killer from what I hear,but the music lives up to the theme as well as this rips with a killer chorus that adds flair to the whole thing. Give Your Life to the Ruin is another great number,I especially like the lyrics on this one and the way Noisemaker (Drums, Vocals) delivers them,the song starts out slow with a cool mysterious side to it before it gets into it and if you like guitar ripping it’s on here.really strong number as I gave it a few spins and it got better each time.We Shall Destroy is a great closer as there is more rage on this one showing the band has all kind of ranges in it,a killer lead at the end closes this out on a high note.
Crime is killer to be honest this band was surprisingly good and was even surprised that Shadow Kingdom Records here in the states picked them up,which is great news for the whole scene.I have a feeling we might here from this band real soon on a follow up to this.
Son in Curse
Release date:January 13th, 2017
Death Metal from Puerto Montt,this is the band’s first full length release which consist of 9 blistering tracks.
Rise of the Ancient Nephilim opens this off, a short but powerful instrumental and then comes Embrace by Demons which just comes at you like a fist in the face! this is some killer shit that put me into the mood I was gonna get my ass kicked by this band and yes this track did, fast paced hell driven vocals in the old school way just the way I like it,Incinerator of Visceral Belief,another filthy number to satisfy your thirst,this one has a minor break in it but then it gets even heavier as it goes on as it melts into your brain,Anger of Hatred,right from the start you hear this chaotic growl and then this explodes into a rage of pure hate a short track that gets right to the point,no fucking around here at all.
Chaotic Soul Devourer is heavy but the guitar here kind of shot me off in the beginning but once we get passed that it picks up and this one is a bit different but it still crushes as it goes on not really bad at all,I love the ending really something you should hear. Anu’s Piety is a nice heavy slow downed instrumental that gets you ready for The Arrival of the Empire,which gets us back into things and this one here is insane as hell and you can hear it even with it’s minor break which you hear the thunderous bass come out in it’s full glory before the track starts crushing you again til the end.Divine Subliminal Pray is one of my favorites on here as there is so much going on,the guitar work on here really impressed be as it took another dimension compared to the rest and still killed, The Rebirth of the Gods,finishes this off in the way it started a true cracker as it has some killer crunchy parts as well as the blast beats that send you off knowing you just heard some killer shit.
I highly recommend this to anybody that takes their death metal seriously,it’s nothing we haven’t heard before but when it’s done right it needs to be heard and in this case it is,everything on here is perfect when it comes to production,as many death metal bands that are coming out of the country lately this is one of the toppers.
Profound Grave / Occult Pantheon
Release date:March 24th, 2017
Label:Ex Nihilo Music
Here we have two bands Profound Grave (Black Metal) and Occult Pantheon (Death Metal) and this actually being both bands demos being pressed on this split.
This opens up with a interesting Intro by Profound Grave and as soon as it’s over we get right to it as Black Bread for a Black Season comes out at full force and never hearing this band before they caught my ear early as they play this aggressive right to the point metal,I will say the production on here is rough but it’s good for what it is,vocals are sick just like they should be and some breaks are thrown in to make this a very interesting opener that kept me interested.Derange Temple Manifestation, is more toned down than the first but it has it’s own life to it as to me it has this eerie feeling to it in the beginning then there is a bass part that comes in and after that it storms into a rage that really put more depth into the whole track,Universal Cadaver Of Yahweh is actually the last track on here by the band before the Outro but this starts out with an air raid sound before it goes into total chaos and one thing that you will hear throughout this and the whole demo is that the drums are being bashed to hell and here for some reason they really stand out,so this is some killer black metal the Chilean way.
Alright onto the Occult Pantheon side and this opens up with Traveling Through The Arcane XIII,which is a very long intro that the band wants the listener to get ready for what’s about to come and the opener I´ve Arrived to the Charon Port (Omega) is a filthy sick track that starts out with a heavy dark riff and then proceeds to get heavier as then the band rips into it and has that old school death metal vibe to it,some very heavy damage being done here and it’s quite a long number so there is plenty of killer shit going on here,the vocals are your typical deep sick death metal vocals but for some reason they sound drowned out a bit but like I said before this is demo quality so it’s expected,a good opener though. Sailing Through the Sea of Realities,is a spoken number with a horror movie feel to it so you been told.(Alpha) To the End of the Beginning gets us back into the music and this is another strong number as it comes right at you before breaking down into a more heavy doom sounding vibe as most death metal bands do but one thing on here is the vocals as they are mixed so you get like two guys singing in different tones in some parts which adds to the flavor but I might be wrong and this is just one vocal you make up your mind but this track really smokes as it’s another long one so there is plenty to enjoy on here as well.Across The Portal closes this out and was kind of bummed out this is just an outro to the whole thing.
This is a good release that could’ve been better if the Occult Pantheon part was more music than filler,I know bands like to get that ritual feeling across but this was a little over the top for me but what they offer on those two tracks gives me hope they will come back even stronger as well as Profound Grave both are good bands that should fill anybody into the underground.
A cheer! goes out to Ex Nihilo Music for getting this out as their first release and hopefully more to come.