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Cavemaster – Sob O Abismo Do Infinito (2017) – Review

Band: Cavemaster
Album title: Sob O Abismo Do Infinito
Release date: 29 April 2017
Label: Fatsound Productions

Tracklist:
01. A Morte Que Me Leva
02. Chamas Do Inferno
03. Fim Da Humanidade
04. Céu Em Chamas
05. Sede De Sangue
06. Sob O Abismo Do Infinito
07. Terra Queimada
08. Ardendo Nas Chamas Do Inferno
09. Aniquilaçăo
10. Destruiçăo da Humanidade

Three ragefull individuals came along in Sintra, Portugal  in 2016 to show their disgust for depraved humanity around us. The band on their first full-length album, Sob O Abismo Do Infinito, shows us an old-school misanthropic black metal with thrash and death metal influences They were formed by Revage (vocals), DS13 (guitar, bass, keyboards) and Rater (drums). The artwork for this album is centered on the work of John Hamilton Mortimer (1740-1779) entitled 'Death On A Pale Horse' circa 1775, and is much appreciated by me.

From the first track on the album, to the last, the music reminded me of Brazilian trash horror films of the 60s. Elements such as wind and bells, the keyboard acting as a ghostly church organ, give the terrifying tone of a world ravaged by iniquity and described vehemently by Revage throughout his lyrics. The intro is an instrumental with a dense and desperate atmosphere. The cries at the end are the keynote for the opening of the next track, "Chamas Do Inferno", demonic and haunted. The guitars are distorted almost in a painful way, slow rhythms and mid tempos are well explored. Definitely more death than black metal vocal, same tone on all tracks. A melodic and painful atmosphere can be found in the last two tracks, “Aniquilaçăo” e “Destruiçăo da Humanidade”. The band got it right when they decided to use the Portuguese language in this project, I think that it adds a certain charm and makes it somehow special.
 
When I first came across this album album, before I even heard it, I confess that I was afraid of what I would find ahead of me. But to my surprise I liked it a lot. The lyrics are simple and well structured, bleeding misanthropy and repulsion by the putrid soul of most humans. The instrumental engagement is good, but I would like to see more guitar solos and fury in the fast tracks. The melodic parts are covered with a lot of feelings, the guitar expresses very well. Regarding the drums, I really liked the "footprints", but it could stand out a little more. Congratulations to the gloomy keyboard, perfect! My favorite tracks are the two horror themed ambiental cinematic instrumentals, the intro "A Morte Que Me Leva" and the album title track "Sob O Abismo Do Infinito", as well the tracks loaded with kind of hardcore style elements mixed with black metal work out just great, like "Sede De Sangue" and "Terra Queimada".

Review written by: Felin Frost
Rating: 7/10

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Band: Sirenia
Album title: The Seventh Life Path
Release date: 8 May 2015
Label: Napalm Records

Fourteen years. Fourteen years have already passed, since Morten Veland departured from one of the most prominent and praised gothic metal acts of its time, Tristania, and decided to further develop and portray his talent and visions in Sirenia. Whilst the typical melodic, rhythmic and groovy guitar riffing, beautifully combined and enhanced by the use of choirs, powerful orchestrations, delightful piano melodies and stunning Ailyn's clean vocals, counterpoised by Morten's profound growls, still build the core of The Seventh Life Path, its beauty lies in incorporating various elements of different metal styles and thus its explorative, even a bit experimental and pompous nature. The compositions on The Seventh Life Path are yet again very dense and rich, as they ooze strange, strained, sharp, intense, wretched and venomous atmosphere. The divine and darkened harmonies on this album result in an esoteric, edgy, mesmerizing and hellacious album, which at the same time offers a tremendous emotional burdened and at the same time story-telling aestheticism.

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