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Genetic Disorder - Cosmic Terror

Genetic Disorder - Cosmic Terror - 90%

Metal Extremista, October 19th, 2021
Written based on this version: 2016, CD, Independent

The band, playing a mix of tech thrash and death metal, and their "Cosmic Terror" EP are already known in the local arena. They have been receiving much less attention than they really deserve. Originally released on CD-R in 2016 and reissued on cassette in 2019, this album is a true gem from start to finish, one of the best productions ever made in this country.

The fact that it is an independent production - almost entirely - gives extra value to the band's work. The EP Cosmic Terror includes six compositions, two are instrumental pieces, the rest has lyrics written in English. Kevin's voice shouts about the decline of human existence, our internal struggles, visions of an enslaving society with a dystopian future, and the search for comfort in a nonexistent god. The influence of science fiction and a vision of reality touched with deep pessimism, results in these interesting lyrics.

Musically it is no less complex, each track is a sample of high-level composition and impeccable execution. As expected in the genre, guitars lead the attack. Neto Cruz is a virtuoso and the parts on which he excels are many throughout the half hour of playback time. Rubén on the second guitar does a great job, resulting in a consistent and perfectly harmonized aural impact, without leaving gaps and with high-level demonstrations of his abilities in some solos. Armando playing bass guitar, is clear and precise, significantly increasing the character and quality of the band. Drumming by Mike is another strong point of the album, it has some progressive elements between the classic style of fast and violent old American thrash.

There’s no room to pinpoint favorite tracks as all 6 tracks listed are worth it. In conclusion, any fan of extreme quality metal worth his salt should listen to this album.

Originally written for Metal Extremista Webzine

Never Mind the Vektors, Here's the Genetic Disorder. - 86%

6CORPSE6GRINDER6, May 20th, 2020

80’s comic cover: check. Sci-fi logo: check. Technical outer space sounding scales included in the riffing: check. The main influence is obvious but the fact that the band hails from central america (specifically El Salvador) adds a lot of street cred to the band’s sound. The riffs are very technical and the performance by every player is top notch but the production isn’t over polished like on most of the records released by bands with this kind of sound these days. I’m not saying the record sounds raw but there’s a delicious organic feel all over the skins of the drums, the precision of the rebounds, etc; and I consider it a big plus. The same goes to the strings, every instrument’s level is correctly mixed and let you hear everything at all times but the final mix isn’t as bright as you could expect: the guitar tone is super creamy and the bass tone is all fuzzy and 70’s.

The sound modeling choices they made for the string’s result in a master track that has an obscure character but in an interstellar way, indeed. The vocals are lower in range that DiSanto’s for example, and kind of black/thrash because they’re also raspy. Not a lot of vocal prowess anyway, just spitting aggression. The first track is an instrumental intro, the proggy songwriting shows off the intentions of the band since the beginning of the album but despite the technicality it doesn’t kick off immediately. On “Alienation Destruction” the sci-fi riffing comes out completely at full speed, followed by a traditional stop and go part over a way more traditional and aggressive riff.

Few can achieve this combination of tecnichality and violence so smoothly. The solo section On Alienation is exquisite too, experimenting with slower tempos and that eerie and void galactic thing. They use some blast beats on the next track, though. Genetic Disorder’s main attraction is the sci-fi appeal but I knew they were something else here on “Subsequent Duality”, the slamming breakdown they included along with the blasts add a new dimension of weight and brutality to the geek technical retro-thrash tag. I’m not spoiling the rest of the album for you but you should definitely check this out if you’re into exquisite and exotic bands.