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5 new bands from south of the border that will make Trumpty Dumpty’s wall idea seem even more fucking idiotic. Featuring some proggy OSDM, eerie atmospheric black metal, 80’s style South American thrash, deathgrind and more!

Question

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Who are Question? Mexico’s answer to Scandinavian death metal.
Why the fuck haven’t I heard them before? They have only released one full-length back in 2014.
What do they sound like? Old-school progressive death metal at its finest.
Progressive? Yes.
That’s kind of an ambiguous term these days, what exactly do you mean by that? Each song is an amorphous entity filled with captivating riffs that seem to gradually morph, shifting into the next with a deft fluidity.
Sounds a bit artsy, I like my death metal to retain some degree of primeval energy, will I be able to headbang to these riffs? Most certainly, unless you’re dead, your neck will be snapping along for the 25 minute duration.
How does the production compare to the classics? Gnosis Primordial will give you everything you want and more.
Who will this release please most? Fans of Morbus Chron, The Chasm, every good Finnish DM band from the 90’s, even fans of some more recent stuff like Nucleus should be all over this shit.
Why am I still reading this instead of clicking play below? That’s one question I can’t answer.
Gnosis Primordial was released on the 27th of January through Chaos Records.


Praecognitvm

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On their debut demo, Chilean band Praecognitvm offer an odd yet alluring blend of occasional dissonance and the more conventional melodic motifs associated with atmospheric BM, oscillating between the two like a warbling AM radio wave. Inalienable Catharsis is equal parts a show of future potential and also of a young band reaching a little beyond their grasp. To be fair, one can’t be too critical as this is merely their first demo after all, and what they’re aiming for some bands never manage cohesion with, even at their peak. The cryptic clean tones invoke an aquatic unease, rather than the usual dreamy ethereal vibe that prevails in the sub-genre. This facet of their sound, especially when combined with the distorted riffs that seem to wrangle one another just to stay in tune, really helps to foster the distinct undercurrent of dissolution that carries these 4 tracks through the depths of abject despondency, toward the morose spectre of death itself. Even for a demo this is an ambitious and relatively unique composition from a band that I will definitely be keeping an ear out for in the future. Inalienable Catharsis comes out on Iron Bonehead Records on February 10th.


Hellish

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Thrash may have been born north of the Equator (*), but its heart surely beats in South America. Around this time last year I stumbled upon this little ripper of a debut from Chilean band Hellish. The Theurgist’s Spell EP did just enough during its four short tracks to not only warrant an instant purchase but also to keep the band’s name reasonably high up on the exponentially increasing “bands to watch” list (I actually started a spreadsheet once to try and keep better track of all the shit I wanna keep up with, but I ended up forgetting about it too. Fuck you, I’m old). So here we are one year later and the maniacal four-piece have penned another 6 tracks to combine with the aforementioned EP, to give us their debut album titled Grimoire. Thankfully, not much has changed in their music style-wise; most of the hallmarks of the classic mid-80’s South American & Teutonic thrash sounds are still vividly on display here, for better or for worse. While you may not be getting the technical blitzkrieg of countrymen Ripper, nor the razor-sharp precision of Mexican fiends Profanator, what you get instead is a sincere throwback to a time when metal was free from a lot of the pretence that often seems to cloud the songwriting of young contemporary bands. Although the record was released independently late last year, it seems as though Unspeakable Axe have picked it up for a physical release on February 28th. FFO: Invincible Force, Invocation Spells, Throaat.

* – Subject to conjecture, still waiting to see its papers.


Evil Priest

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BANG! On their debut demo, Peruvian duo Evil Priest nail the Toilet Ov Hell trifecta. Long-time listeners of the TovH Radio show are likely to already know what I’m talking about. Band: Evil Priest. Album: Evil Priest. Song: “Evil Priest”. If that’s not enough encouragement for you to give this release a shot, then what are you even doing here? I guess I can give you a little more info. Evil Priest play that primitive thrash-infused form of death metal that South America are renowned for, you know, the one where the riffs either swarm like a million meth-addled hornets or slowly swamp your entire being, sticking to your skin and clogging your every pore, as if even the air in the stiflingly humid jungle wants you dead. The drumming is suitably primal and barbaric, with a touch of tribal urgency; the vocals roar, cutting through the fetid environment, hunting you down with every breath. If you’re the type of person who at breakfast uses a meat-tenderiser to crack your eggs, and a raging fire pit to cook your bacon, Evil Priest is your soundtrack. Evil Priest can now be picked up through Caverna Abymsal Records. FFO: Mystifier, Possessed, sweating profusely.


Porta Daemonium

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Prior to about 40 minutes ago, I don’t think I could remember having heard a brutal death metal band from Chile. Although to be honest, brutal death metal as a whole never really excites me much, aside from a few notable exceptions, I find the sub-genre to be a little irrelevant, seemingly attempting to be extreme just for the sake of it. So why are you writing about this album then you dickhead lizard? Firstly, when I saw the combination of the cover art and band name I assumed Porta Daemonium’s music would fall into the black/death spectrum. Secondly, Blood Harvest Records releases typically fall right into my wheelhouse. Lastly, because my shitty connection tonight took 40 minutes to download it so someone must suffer the consequences.

So after going in blind (or deaf as it were in this instance), the weird 3 minute ambient zzaaaazzzaaaasss zzaaazzzzaaaassss zazzzzzaaassss (moar like zzzzzzzz) intro track failed to help me elucidate what was to follow…slam snare, sloppy as shit guitar tone, and hoarse vocals. Did I just unwittingly agree to a 30 minute aural assault from Santiago’s equivalent to Coprophagic Rancidity? Nah, not gutteral enough. As the track progressed I came to realise that Serpent Of Chaos is more of a conglomerate of ideas pulled from the realms of brutal death metal, deathgrind, and regular ol’ death metal. While the transitions between the all-out blasting and the less frenetic sections are not exactly seamless, and the production is generally a mess, you just know that this is all deliberate and that it is exactly the combination some lunatics crave. Lunatics who no doubt frequent this site. Lunatics like you.

  • Black Smallbeard

    evilpriest be pretty good stuff

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    not entirely “new” but great DM from Brasil

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEAfntas9RA

  • Lacertilian

    The lizard ov cultural appropriation in the header image said he recommends listening to Question after a few hefty magaritas on a hot day.

    • Did you just imply via several degrees of separation that Finns are Scandinavian?

      • Lacertilian

        That is the question.

  • Óðinn

    South of the Australian border? Kiwis? 😉

  • Eliza

    I’m digging Praecognitvm and Question. Hellish is nice too.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Porta wins for best logo.

    • Eliza

      Evil Priest and Praecognitvm are the runner ups then.

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        Very much so. I was completely ready to declare Evil Priest as “Supreme Keeper of the Logo”, then I scrolled down.

  • Back in the 90s I remember reading about Brujeria in Guitar World and believing that they were actually undercover Mexican drug lords like the article said (I was maybe 11).

    I also believed it when GW said that Buckethead was raised by chickens. Ya couldn’t debunk this shit with the Internet back then, so what choice did I have??

    • Rain Poncho W.

      That part about Buckethead is true though. Our shared experience makes it reality.

    • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

      At first I thought Brujeria was a techno/dance band (their song “Don Quijote Marihuana” was a huge hit in Mexico; like Top 40 hit). It wasn’t until maybe 2001/2002 that I found out they were actually a grindcore band.

  • Joaquin Stick

    Me gusta Praecognitvm

  • KyleJMcBride

    Naughty Bishop.

  • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

    ALL HAIL MEXICO!!!

  • Statement: QUESTION!!! (Read in @Waynecro’s voice)

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  • Hans Gruber

    Porta Daemonium tickles the troglodyte in me. He is easy to please.

  • Waynecro

    Porta Daemonium is pretty rad. Thanks, dude!

  • more beer

    Mexico has a wall on their southern border with Guatemala. To keep people from entering from the southern part of their country. I guess every country can secure their border but us.

    • Dunno if you’ve ever been to Texas but we’ve already got a giant fucking wall on the border.

      • more beer

        Just pointing out the hypocrisy of everyone screaming how a wall is such a bad thing. Since it seems quite okay for other countries. But as soon as it is talked about here it is wrong. A country without borders is no country at all.

        • Kyle Reese

          I would point out that you offered two terrible examples. First, no South Koreans are trying to get into North Korea. Second, Guatemalans, El Salvadorians, and Hondurans have made it to the USA border by the hundreds of thousand in the last three or four years. So they got past Mexico’s wall. I think you’re leaving out the example of the Berlin Wall, which devastated Eastern Europe.

          No one’s saying we shouldn’t have border security. Most people know that Obama deported more immigrants than any president in history. We’re just saying that a $10 billion border wall is ridiculous and ineffective.

          • more beer

            No where did I mention North Korea. Secondly Mexico acts as if it isn’t okay for us to have a wall but yet they can. Because a huge part of their GDP is money being taken out of our economy and being sent there. Obama deported more illegals than anyone and we still have something like 11 million illegal aliens in this country. Maybe we should just guard the border with the army. Would you rather have that than a wall? What is ineffective is what we have now.

      • Kyle Reese

        And drones. And Border Patrol agents. And cameras. And detention centers. And aspirations above North Korea and Mexico!

    • gacharicmeatspin

      North Korea has mortars and machine guns on their southern border to prevent South Koreans from entering their country.