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Criminal – Fear Itself (Metal Blade)

Initially formed in Chile back at the end of the 80’s/start of the 90’s, Criminal were one of the more prolific acts of the highly diverse and primal South American Metal Scene. Now, they are based in Europe with a… Continue Reading →

Nar Mattaru – Ancient Atomic Warfare (I, Voidhanger)

I expected a violent pure death metal assault but the path which Nar Mattaru trod was a creepy, maggot-infested invitation to impressively gloomy depths. You see, Nar Mattaru are from Chile and I’ve found that Chilean blackened death metallers simply… Continue Reading →

Black Grail – Misticismo Regresivo (Tyrannus Records)

The accompanying promotional information reads like a novel and basically tells us that this Chilean band play black metal of the bestial and occult variety as they see fit to purge our souls with blackened monstrosities in the form of… Continue Reading →

Bauda – Sporelight (Temple of Torturous)

This is an interesting project from Bauda, a progressive rocker from Chile. In it he collaborates with Rene Rutten of The Gathering. After a dramatic opening, “Vigil” is one of the most transfixing progressive tracks I’ve heard. It has that… Continue Reading →

King Heavy – S/T (Cruz Del Sur)

If there was any doubt that the world is getting smaller, eponymous debut LP ‘King Heavy’ must surely be proof, being a band composed of Belgian and Chilean members who released their first EP through a French label, now coming… Continue Reading →

Perversor – Anticosmocrator (Hells Headbangers)

“Inhale”, proclaims the first track of this collection of violent outbursts from Chile’s Perversor. What you’re inhaling here is the musical equivalent of a plague of locusts. If “Inhale” was associated with a colour, it would be black or grey…. Continue Reading →

Nuclear – Formula For Anarchy (Candlelight)

If there is one thing South America has taught me about metal, it’s that their fans are extremely passionate and their metal bands are full on. Sepultura helped pave the way for more of these bands to surface and having… Continue Reading →

Atomicide – Chaos Abomination (Iron Bonehead)

In almost twelve years of existence, Chile’s Atomicide have released just two full lengths – 2013’s ‘Spreading the Cult’ and this, ‘Chaos Abomination’. That fact aside, the band have still been consistently active on the demo/split/EP front, the whole time… Continue Reading →

Animus Mortis – Testimonia (ATMF)

It’s been a while – over six years – since Animus Mortis released their debut album ‘Atrabilis (Residues from Verb & Flesh)’ and much has changed within the black metal scene since then. Despite this, Animus Mortis’s music has always… Continue Reading →

Thornafire – Magnaa (FDA Rekotz)

This is album number four from Chilean death metal crew Thornafire, but the very first time I have had the opportunity to check them out. South American death metal usually gets the blood pumping through a bludgeoning non-stop ferocity, and… Continue Reading →

Unaussprechlichen Kulten – Baphomet Pan Shub-Niggurath (Iron Bonehead)

With a moniker like that, you’d expect a Germanic entity to be behind ‘Baphomet Pan Shub-Niggurath’. Instead, Unaussprechlichten Kulten are a Chilean mob inspired by an H.P. Lovecraft story of the same name. As I have no familiarity with the… Continue Reading →

Hades Archer / Slaughtbbath – Circus of Abominations / Antichristos Thanatos (Iron Bonehead)

A split from two acts from Chile shows what is involved when playing truly vitriolic black metal that involves no pissing about with keyboards or silly arrangements, just a straight forward malevolent annihilation that begins with Hades Archer’s blackened thrash… Continue Reading →

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