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Sextrash, ranked only behind The Mentors for their sleaze-bag ways, somewhat entertain us with their take on sexed-up extreme metal. Sarcofago got us with blasphemous themes that any LeVeyan might think too direct, Holocausto with their swastika-sportin' "war metal" ideologies and others with various non-dinner-table conversation. Now, Sextrash go for a perverted outlook ranging from the sadomasochistic cover art to hopefully real-life screams, moans and gasps from any of the uptight double X chromosomes that might accidentally stumble upon this flies-down, what's-on-their-mind-is-tacked-to-their-forehead release.
The sound is a little more sticky and hairy compared to their later material. Even with some remastering on the rerelease of "Sexual Carnage" and with this little EP on the end, it is still muffled and a little bit hazy in certain areas. The intro track sounds the best out of the lot and with an even sound across the board due to its slower speed, subtraction of vocals and only strummed notes, instead of how they usually chug this or that on the guitars, which typically creates white noise for everything else.
Whereas the debut has some obvious thrash influences occasionally splashed in their song writing, "XXX" strangely enough predates it but sounds more characteristically death metal without the definite thrash tag. Though it could partly be the muzzled production and overall density of their instruments coming through the speakers one on top of the other. There are some higher strings that expose themselves through hidden sound-coats, giving us something along the lines of a less complex Slayer, who used to treat us with littered arrangements below the top strings. Remember? Yeah, not all of us do. Though there is a lot of thicker string action going on here, such as savagely buzzing a few notes back and forth as the drums attempt to match their speed. The tempo can escalate to a blast, but when taking it down a notch, there are some more fills around the set. Though with some drums becoming a blur, you might not be able to distinguish a snare from a tom, or a crash cymbal from an open hi-hat. Depending how they want to excite your nerves, the vocals can go from deep and growled to raspy. There are some peaking screams to impact a moment, and also a switch between rapid and slower delivery.
On "XXX," the against-the-grain extremities are here and I'd rather listen to this than some tiring thrash band, but Sextrash doesn't always sound like a resonating personality, manage to pull you close enough to remember enough specific details, or when walking away, have enough of an impact to give an uncontrollable reason to return to the previous confrontation. I usually let "Sexual Carnage" run out till the bonus tracks come up, but owning the actual 7" would take a little more motivation over other releases that demand more attention. The first and third tracks stand out the most due to their ability to unravel more varied characteristics apart from uncharacteristically going with thick, thick, thick, crunch, crunch, crunch.
They have their perverted nature, but with all things said it is more gimmick than substantial, and nothing completely solid enough to fall back on—sort of like my gags here. This is still characteristically Brazilian sounding and has some rough-edged charisma, with Sextrash coming from the Sarcofago and earlier Holocausto school of thought, such as resembling their dual growled and screamed vocals, abrasive sound, escalating speed, to name a few nasty tricks. Actually, on "Sexual Carnage" the sound would lend more weight and volume behind their instruments, have more gravitating transitions come about and they would also flesh out some more varied guitar lines that, if you get a chance to hear it, might help get more blood flowing to your brain instead.
After two demos, Sextrash finally came out with their first EP in 1989. That year was full of new albums buy the growing Brazilian scene and Sextrash, in their small, kept high the flag of their brutal thrash. Surely this band is unknown to most of you, like it was for me ‘till one year ago but it’s a quite good band that sometimes is too Sarcofago influences, but anyway this is normal for the great influences they had at the time.
So here we can find good up tempos and a bit chaotic blast beats but everything sounds primordially good with high dosages of thrash too. “Jack The Ripper” is the classic violent opener followed but several stop and go by the more thrash “Sadistic Screams”, with great riffs on the blast beats and quite speed metal oriented solo, that features an unexpected melody. The rhythmic riffage is always inspired and the poor production ruins it a bit but that’s not a big problem.
The last “Extreme Noise Terror” is great at the beginning with quite obscure melodies, to turn in up tempos again. Here the vocals are more screamed and brutal, at the borderline with black metal. The solos are well balanced and they can cover various parts before the refrain. Good. This band, in this EP is very god because is almost perfect in the mix of more brutal parts with slower, more evil one.
Recommended to any early death/thrash fan.