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Just an Arm’s Stretch from the Twilight Zone - 83%

bayern, October 5th, 2018

This band were one of the few (Butcher, Dorsal Atlantica, mid-period Holocausto) who chose to pursue a more ambitious direction from the metal roster on Brazilian soil in the late-80’s/early-90’s, and although the debut was still on the more immediate, less intricate side things quickly took a more attractive shape on the excellent sophomore, an appetizing slab of technical/progressive thrash that looked at the more engaging fraction from the Bay-Area movement (Forbidden, Heathen, Death Angel) for inspiration.

The “Tomorrow Soldiers” demo that followed suit a few months after this second coming contained seeming leftovers from it, the style being the same blistering contrived speed/thrashism also calling to mind Artillery’s “By Inheritance” on the more inspired moments. It was not over for the band yet, and more material kept leaking out of their camp resulting in the demo reviewed here. The three cuts presented on it are on the more intense, less intricate, but still pretty convincing, side of the spectre the guys bashing with more vigour as evident from the ripping title-track, the high-strung Russ Anderson-sque (Forbidden) vocals racing with the stylish hyper-active riffage every bit of the way. “Timeless Pain” slows down and acquires more progressive qualities reflected in a more regular tempo alternation, the more aggressive skirmishes taking turns with more entangled configurations ala Forbidden’s “Twisted into Form”, the ensuing symbiosis flowing into “Only the Strong Survive”, a similarly-styled roller-coaster with jumpier rhythmic patterns and a bigger sense of melody with a couple of delightful licks suggesting a more lyrical repertoire.

What stopped the guys from releasing a third instalment, provided that there was another demo (“Twilight Zone”) that appeared some three years after this one, remains a mystery. The homogenous nature of the material covered on these three short efforts hinted at all of it having been composed at roughly the same time, all this material another testimony of the band’s lofty visions and musical proficiency. The South American scene only benefitted from the presence of such talented outfits who refused to bow to the dominant brutal/bashing laws in their homeland and defied all Sarcofagi and Vulcanos with bouts of fairly intriguing elaborate, not very predictable soundscapes.