Round The World Reptilian Reviews: The Spanish Inquisition

Today I bring you some new blackened thrash, furious OSDM-worship and some hauntingly dissonant cavernous black metal, all with a Spanish flavour.




South America is a hotbed for blackened thrash, particularly Chile it seems. After a series of demos, the 4-pronged attack from Santiago known as Hellish recently released a maniacal EP titled Theurgist’s Spell. After the short-lived clean intro, the band waste no time getting down to what they do best, thrashing your face off. There is no relent throughout the four tracks. Mixing the best of both the Teutonic and South American scenes of the 1980’s to create a writhing beast that will scold your eardrums like Satan himself modded your headphones to squirt tobasco on every snare hit, something I hear he does in his spare time. The riffing has that infernal heat comparable to their Chilean counterparts in Invocation Spells and Invincible Force, with drumming to suit. The vocals are exactly what you’d expect for this style, further sharpening this attack to the point where even Baphomet’s horns appear blunt in comparison. Stab play already!

In Obscurity Revealed


This 2015 album only came to my attention through its upcoming cassette re-release through Portugal’s Caverna Abismal Records. In Obscurity Revealed hail from Mexico City and play a brand of death metal that harnesses the beastly strength of OSDM and rides it like a lunatic rodeo-rider through the caverns where modern underground death metal dwells. The 4 tracks on offer barely crack the 10 minute mark, but this fact is not really a downfall, rather a strength, as I’ve found myself pushing repeat on this like some kind of evil fiend. Fans of Cruciamentum‘s killer debut from last year should get in here, as the riffage is of a similar style, albeit more adrenaline charged, with the vocals forming a deathly combination of the former with those of Athenatos. Tap the vein of fury below.



Last but not least is Spain’s Suspiral. This two-piece is about to drop their first full-length offering of black death on the 1st of March. If I were to attempt to sum up these 3 tracks with just one word, it would be tortured. Not tortured in the mental anguish sense, but rather in a physical ‘tie you to a fucking post and unleash the abhorrence of existence upon you’ kinda way. The leads in particular convey distress at every turn. A chilling atmosphere is achieved through persistent use of shrieking bar vibrato that recalls to mind the kind of disquiet that I first felt as a teen listening to the eerie section (3:55) on the classic Slayer track “Praise Of Death” from Hell Awaits. The main difference here is that it is not set atop an old-school thrash track but rather an already haunting cavernous black metal attack. The effect is profound, and while there is quite a great deal of intrigue to be found within these 30+ minutes, the aforementioned persistence of the daunting leads are most certainly the defining feature that separates Suspiral from their contemporaries. Equal parts entropic, dissonant and merciless, this release is going to please those who seek it.

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Published on: March 2, 2016

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  • Lacertilian

    I’d be one of those horrible tourists who buys a poncho while drunk on mezcal and is ridiculed by locals.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    So many bands south of the border just do not fuck around! Hellish sounds fucking rad!

  • Die In Obscurity Revealed

  • Rob M

    Nice roundup of bands…Hellish and In Obscurity revealed are both new to me and pretty fucking killer

  • Now we’re talkin. Love that haunting atmosphere on that Suspiral album. In Obscurity Revealed is um…. Filthy and crushing as a motherfukk! Hellish bringing the blackened thrash, can’t go wrong there either. Yeah, what KSOFM and Rob M said pretty much. Good shit lizard.

  • Hubert

    I’m really, REALLY digging In Obscurity Revealed.

  • RustyShackleford

    MMMMMMM those vocals on Hellish! Yup!

  • EsusMoose

    That In Obscurity Revealed is pretty good. Pretty sure it has a riff from Anthrax’s who cares win which isn’t saying too much because it’s a simplistic riff.

    • Lacertilian

      Really, which one?

      • EsusMoose

        I may be confusing it more with having the same chords but at 0:50 on Magnum Spectrum is when the da nah nah Nah nah which is sounding really similar to the same sounding part in Who cares win around 2:40

        • Lacertilian

          I’ll have a listen this arvo.




    • Dubs
      • ooOOo your primary was yesterday. I imagine there is some truth to your image!

        But yes, Hellish rulz

        • Dubs

          I was able to just walk across campus to vote. Easy peezy. 4 more years of Hellish.

          • maximum meta comment, Dubs. fine work

          • more beer

            I can’t vote in the primaries here. Because I am registered independent. I guess the 2 major parties don’t like you having a mind of your own.

          • that is unfortuante. Ohio is open. You can vote Dem in the primary, or Repub is the general, visa versa

          • more beer

            I don’t typically vote for either major party anyway. That’s why I am an independent voter.

          • I am just saying that is convenient to not have to register for a specific party, because in the end, it does not help you to be registered to a specific group.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            I like to party.

          • more beer

            Yea that makes a lot of sense. But you have to belong to a party to vote in the primaries here.

          • Rob M

            Same way in MD, not that it matters. If you dont vote Democrat here you may as well be pissing in the wind

          • more beer

            Colorado is a strange state as far as how people vote.

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    In Obscurity Revealed is some choice OSDM.

  • Sir Tapir The Based

    I did not expect this.

  • Dubs

    Reptile, you bring grace and humility to our humble bowl and make each day a joy.

  • In Obscurity Revealed is pchoice. The riffs! The riffs!

  • Lizard:

    Hellish: approved. Thrashy maniacal stabbing. The drumming is violent.

    In Obscurity Revealed: approved. Is brutal and dark.

    Suspiral: brooding and sinister.

    3/3. Great job, friendo!

    • Lacertilian

      I thought Hellish might be your kinda thing, slaying malandros to thrash.

      • It was the one I liked most, but IOR have some good stuff too.

  • That new Fallujah song is dope. I realize this likely old news… but damn, it is good.

    • it’s like the best thing i’ve heard! (Fallujah fan here, suck it amigbros)

  • Waynecro

    That Suspiral is really working for me. Thanks!

  • Eliza

    Suspiral is fantastic, great find!

  • Blueberry Balls

    Row row row your NO.