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Genocídio - Genocídio

80's Brazilian, lo-fi extreme metal series: 3 - 40%

Byrgan, December 24th, 2008

-Low on the totem poll-

On their debut EP, the band plays a form of death-thrash that is at times more death metal sounding than thrash with deep and growled vocals, blasts and a brutish atmosphere to go along with it. Genocidio's Genocidio is a genocide to genociding. The production is of typical undeveloped nations and is a little hindering because of it. The vocals have decent and far stretching sound in comparison, but the underlying music is washed up to shore, to be thrown back as a dull looking sea-shell, holding it to your ear would be the same undesired result. The production quality is very low on the totem poll, and would most likely be compared to a sleazy and dirty stripper's dancing poll, rather than something like a high and proud American Indian traditional centerpiece. Or if it was, it would probably be considered the god of sin and dishonor, and low, ground low, on a poll that goes much higher.

The music sounds like it is at the beginning stages of trying to keep up with an out-of-control and extreme metal period in Brazil. It holds on with a loose grip. Like a knife-wielding maniac grabbing onto your vehicle as you speed away, his stabbing motions doing a half-assed job and getting more hurt in the process than achieving his goal of terrorizing. The music is sloppy but not in a good sloppy way. It is at the kind of sloppy that hangs on your chin after eating a bowl of chili with gluttonous glee, and nobody wants to comment on it, making an embarrassing situation that is left to the air to decide. The guitars play only in a few different variations. Mostly they sound like faster riffing sections roughly influenced from Sodom's early days. He uses numerous amounts of tremolo riffs, which are played in a simplistic and wobbly style.

The vocals have a very deep impact, a low growled voice, and dipped in enough reverb to drown entire fleeing villages. But with the overall musical display, nobody is congratulating him for so much needless genocide. He also does a rounded sounding, slight scream, although it can sound a little awkward and unrefined. The drums are essentially non-stop. They round around the clock like a droopy-eyed 24-hour convenience store clerk, half falling over, and barely keeping up with the quick speed of the other employees, while trying to please each customer with a caffeine induced beverage or sugar loaded candy bar. The music primarily uses fast movements and there are a select few medium breaks. It is nearly impossible to detect any bass guitar. The bass player must of arrived at the studio minutes too late, while the band decided to move on without him. Sorry, homem, you didn't make it.

1987 and 1988 were booming years for bands planting their outputs in the extreme metal soil of Brazil. Some were good, some were alright and some were plain terrible. Coming from Sao Paulo state, this release finds a few characteristics of its own. It isn't completely terrible but needed a lot of work. Some riffs work, others don't, as well as the production is a hindering factor. Genocidio steps up to a major league plate with hardly any batting experience. They took their swing anyhow and anyway causing this to lean more towards historical value. Saying they were there, and at least took their first chopping swing, making a less memorable, measly infield hit. (Next review: Insulter - Black Church)