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Masacre's rise to godliness - 98%

Tezcat, September 8th, 2009

This is it! This is the recording that got Masacre a record deal with the french label Osmose Productions. Masacre was a cult band already and, by the time this recording was made, their two demos were known world-wide. Extreme Metal fans from Japan, Russia, Norway, Israel and many other countries were mad about Masacre's unique sound. Heirs of the so-called 'Metal-Medallo' sound, Masacre embodied many of the metal spirit and soul which made bands such as Sarcofago famous in the underground. And since this was their first professional recording, it was expected that they made their best effort and, well, here it is.

The opening track, 'Sangrienta Muerte', is a great starter. Originally included in their '89 demo, the track reaches a level of violence and aggression that had never been accomplished in Colombian Metal until then. Raw, old-school South-American metal in its purest form. The two other tracks were the new musical offer of the band and none of their fans were disappointed. 'Mórbida Implosión' starts with a slow tempo, and the hypnotic, pulsating bass and drum beats speed up quite abruptly. The grunts and screams of Alex 'Trapeator' alternate in a mad squnce, framed by the intense guitar work of Antonio Guerrro and Juan Carlos Gómez and united by the pounding drum work, courtesy of the late 'Bull Meetal' Montoya. The final track, 'Decadencia' has a certain grind/death metal style, very common back in those days.

The strong point of this recording is their professional sound. Raw, dirty death metal blasting through your ears. Produced by Nash guitarrist Victor Garcia, who helped the band to achieve what became the refernce of their work, is just too bad that this EP lasts less than 14 minutes. By the way, even though this EP is hard to find in its original vinyl format, it was included in the Split CD with american black metal act Profanatica, with two additional live tracks. Also, the three studio tracks were included as bonus for the 2004 reissue of the 'Requiem' album.

To sum it up, this is a must for anyone who wants to know how south-american death metal sounds like. If only the 'Requiem' album sounded like this one did...

The fathers of Columbian death metal - 97%

UncleMeat, July 9th, 2009

Masacre are one of the most important bands to have emerged from the Columbian metal underground, as they are – to my knowledge – the very first death metal band from that country. After some successful demos, they finally released their first official release in 1991, the ‘Old de Violencia’ 7”, and god damn is it awesome. What we have here is relentless, flesh-ripping death metal of the highest order, mutilating and maiming everything dumb enough to cross its fiery path. It’s a short but sweet burst of ruthless death metal done in the traditional South American fashion.

‘Requiem’, the band’s first LP, had one major flaw that unfortunately dragged it down a bit. This one flaw laid in the album’s production, where the guitar tone be compared to an anorexic silverback gorilla. By that, I mean if it was healthy and properly taken care of, it had the potential to be a monstrous, 6-foot beast, just like its father (this EP), but due to its unhealthy ways (poorly produced), it is just a flimsy disappointment. Luckily, ‘Ola de Violencia’ does not have this problem. The production on here captures the band perfectly; a massive wall of relentless death metal fury. Everything is mixed adequately and no instrument overpowers another, but yet it still has a suffocating and dense sound that allows no breathing room. And anything that does manage to breath in its presence, the music will surely slaughter it if the production doesn’t get to it first.

One of the similarities that can be compared to the ‘Requiem’ LP though is Trapeador’s vocal assaults. He has a great growl, as well as an excellent banshee-like screech, and when you hear the two overlap, you can pretty much kiss your bowel control goodbye. Although the vocals could be applied to countless other bands, I would ask for no one other then Masacre to lay the bestial foundations on which these vocals lay upon. What the band has achieved on here is a level of relentless brutality that just simply cannot be topped. They do a great job of mixing in the slower, more mid-paced sections in with the grinding fury sections, and there are plenty of both. The guitar and bass blend together in a sense that the bass just follows the guitar note-for-note, but the rich, deep bass sound versus the fuzz-laden guitar tone makes it easy to differentiate the two. The drums are a force of their own, as the drummer completely obliterates those poor, defenseless skins until all that’s left is a pile of dust.

For everyone who likes their death metal old-school, ugly, raw, and bestial, then look no further, as this EP will suit you just fine, as well most of this band’s output over the years (although this EP remains my favorite release from them). Hopefully Nuclear War Now! will pull through and get that EP compilation going. In the mean time however, you can get this EP as a split with Profanatica, or you can hunt down the original, but I bid you good luck.