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giovedì 30 ottobre 2014

Hadez - Morituri te Salutant

#FOR FANS OF: Black/Death Metal, Conqueror, Blasphemy, Archgoat
While it may not be the most familiar tags in the genre, Peruvian horde Hadez are one of the most professional at deploying what is the War Metal tag, which for all intents and purposes comprises bestial-sounding Black/Death Metal with a raw edge and a near-continuous assault of blastbeats throughout. That’s what is delivered throughout this one as we get that intense mixture of chunky, dynamic riffing that rages through plenty of varying patterns from Old-School Death Metal to a variety of blistering Black Metal touches throughout here which carries together quite well as the primordial, dripping-with-evil atmosphere of the former meshes with the harsh arrangements and intensity of the latter, allowing for a more traditional sounding approach to the two genres. It’s not until we get the intense blasting throughout this that it really adds to the War Metal moniker here with this likewise generating plenty of extremity here with this blowing through frantic, razor-wire hymns alongside the blasting drumming that really sells this quite well. Add in a touch of Doom for some slower, lurching patterns that’s quite indicative of Latin Extreme Metal in general which runs through here as well and this becomes a highly enjoyable piece to their catalog. Opener ‘Caligula’ is pretty much exactly what you’re going to get here anyway, with precise riffing, a devastating drum-bashing and plenty of savage leads that work up the energy and intensity levels incredibly well. ‘Forgotten God’ manages to showcase a little more of their Doom influences since it’s not full-throttle all the way through and slows it down a touch, but it still blasts along enough to serve as a highlight track. The title track is back to showing off those bestial, primordial rhythms and intense, blasting drumming while retaining the edge Latin extreme metal bands have in their guitar-work as the thick patterns are melded perfectly with the rampaging atmosphere, making for the album’s overall most explosive offering. This is carried over quite nicely into ‘Extrema Unción,’ which contains an excellent mixture of their primordial blasting with a few slower sprawling patterns thrown in along the way, making for another solid highlight. ‘Embrace the Wings of Death’ is the lone weakness among the tracks, dragging itself out far too long with meandering riffs and sluggish paces that shows the slower, sprawling efforts don’t mesh too well with the rest of the material and causes this to stick out somewhat. Raging speedster ‘It Could be Yourself’ gets itself back into blasting mode and reaps plenty of benefits from that with a tight, frantic effort that might not contain the brutality of earlier efforts but certainly has the speed down. ‘Death Terror’ likewise follows the urgent, blistering riff-work pattern as this one re-affirms the intensity of the riffing with a fine slew of battering blastbeats to whip through one raging, enjoyable effort. Finally, the Black Sabbath cover of ‘Symptom of the Universe’ works well with the bouncing tempo and sprawling tempos matching their original work while the intensity in the blastbeats adds quite well to the sluggish original and making for a fine way to end this one. Really, this one comes off quite well with a lot of really enjoyable qualities about it. (Don Anelli)

(Paragon Records - 2014)
Score: 80