I’ve been slacking incredibly hard lately, so have some badass Chilean thrash metal. Enjoy! Que rifa Latinoamerica!
Hades Archer & Slaughtbbath – Circus of Abominations/Antichristos Thanatos
Genre: Black Thrash
// Tracks: 8 // Rating: 4.0
// Holycaust Records // Proselytism
When it comes to the extreme end of thrash metal, few countries do it better than Chile, a South American country that literally has a region called Soil of Fire.
The hellish sounds Hades Archer has unleashed the past few years are almost the stuff of legends. The band’s Penis Metal EP and For the Diabolical Ages LP were immediately embraced by fans of all things underground and heavy. In every release, the band has morphed their sound, touching on the bestial and Brazilian styles. On their side of this split record, they remind me of Aura Noir and other bands of that ilk while mixing in the hellish style people have become accustomed to hearing. With the raw, razor sharp production sound, it also recalls Massacra during their Final Holocaust days. It’s a quick blast of their madness that is very much appreciated here, I love me some violent thrash metal.
As good as Hades Archer are, their lesser-known compatriots Slaughtbbath completely KILL it here. A furious mix of black and death metal rests on a thrash foundation, with some vicious gravelly vocals and the violence to match up with Hades Archer. The three tracks feature twisting riffs and doomy, slowed down sections to break up the madness, combining to bludgeon the listener. The production is much thicker in comparison to the HA side, but still plenty raw to satisfy lo-fi junkies like myself. The Grand Dialogue and Mortal Paradigma are fantastic songs, with Mortal taking the prize with its absolutely vile Spanish lyrics speaking on the fact that we’ll all end up “comida de gusanos” (food for the worms you gringo bastards).
No lie, that song fills me up with pride. What a tune. We need more Spanish blasphemy in these God-fearing times.
You’re getting an asskicking with this split record. The 25 minute run time is the perfect length to showcase what both bands can do. If you’ve never heard either band, this is an excellent introduction that should get you interested in checking out both band’s back catalog. I recommend you do it anyway if you’re a fan of black thrash, you won’t find bands much better than these two.
Force of Darkness – Absolute Verb of Chaos and Darkness
Genre: Black Thrash
// Tracks: 6 // Rating: 4.0
Resources: Iron Pegasus Records
To further prove my point of Chilean thrash supremacy, Force of Darkness return with a blistering 20-minute EP that showcases some of the best songs in the band’s decade-plus career.
The formula is simple: dark and dirty thrash metal from the gutters of the deepest parts of hell. Force of Darkness has become a standard-bearer for this style, every release delivering exactly what you would demand from black thrash metal in these times. Speed, blast beats, vile vocals, spiraling madness in riff form. All those who worship at the altar of the riff will love hearing what these Chilean beasts have to offer. For those new to this style, think Slayer turned up to 11 and you’ll get a good idea of what you’re going to hear. It shouldn’t be a surprise that Slayer is such a big influence, Tom Araya is from…wait for it…Chile.
If you’ve heard the band’s 2010 album Darkness Revelation, expect a rawer version of the band on this EP. This sounds like it could have been recorded in the mid-80s, but it’s professional enough to satisfy 2014’s audiophiles. The bass is refreshingly clean and clear here, kicking off Thy Mystical Vibration with a twisted bass riff that sets the tone for what you’re about to get. The drums and drum tone are excellent here, tons of double bass pounding but it never overwhelms the well-balanced mix of guitars and percussion. The weak link is the vocals, but when you’re in black thrash, you need some vomited blasphemies such as these. Abraxas Revenge is the perfect example, with vocalist Nabucodonosor imploring the listener to FEAR THE ABRAXAS in the most frantic way possible.
The whole package delivers the thrash goods. This one is tailor-made for the underground heads who love them some riffs and musical violence. Chile continues to produce some of the best bands the heavy metal world has to offer, and I hope the assembly line doesn’t stop.