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Cruzificator - Hecatombe - 91%

Edmund Sackbauer, February 14th, 2020
Written based on this version: 2019, Digital, Independent

Cruzificator is a Mexican death metal outfit that has been formed a decade ago. However, it took them nearly a decade to release something substantial being their debut EP called “Hecatombe”. While it is technically an EP it consists of an intro and six songs so it could be argued that this fact puts this record a bit closer to a full length. Anyway – what really counts is the quality on display and while anyone looking for something new and innovative can stop reading all fans of very traditional rumbling death metal with a few thrash and black metal influences thrown into the mix will find a lot to like here.

The first thing I came to notice is the very raw and basic nature of the sound. The production screams eighties with especially the drums having this typical slightly steely tone. The guitar work is excellent and the often monotonous and stoic main chords are accompanied by some crazy lead harmonies and some faster and thrashy passages. While the main themes are often repeated with only small variation the longer and shorter soloing parts are played with high intensity giving the whole music a very rough and wild feel. The crunchy heaviness of the rhythm guitar is pitched against some nice harmonies of the lead guitar lending the whole affair a very uplifting atmosphere. The four guys have a great feeling for hooky riffs and memorable refrains making each song just pure fun from start to finish. Just check out the title track and you will know what I mean.

The guys from Cruzificator have a great feeling for keeping a steady groove over the whole playing time. They know exactly when to slow down the tempo and how to implement a few rhythm changes to ensure a certain factor of freshness. There are some soloing sections but nothing too technical or overblown. The drumming is rock solid working as metronome in the background. Overall the main focus is on delivering raw and filthy tunes triggering memories of the 80s and 90s where such kind of music has often been produced in private garages or cellar rooms. This atmosphere is highlighted by the haunting and growling vocals sounding like if they had been recorded in a crypt.

The productions is powerful and pretty fine given that this is a DIY album. The mix is clear and transparent without sacrificing the rawness that is needed for that kind of music. No details are buried in the mix and also the bass is fully audible. If you are a collector always on the hunt for some nice gems than you should check “Hecatombe” and in case you like it drop the band a message for getting a physical copy. Coming with a classic black/white cover it is easily worth adding to the collection.