I thought about not putting anything together for the site today, just taking a break and working on some round-ups and reviews I’ve planned for Sunday and Monday. After all, there have been some other Saturdays and Sundays over the last 8 years when we haven’t posted anything. Maybe 9 or 10, total. Still bugs me when that happens. So it won’t happen today after all.
But I am scaling back. I’ve picked just two songs to share. I noticed them for the first time this morning; things I found earlier in the week are part of the bigger round-ups mentioned above. These two helped get my sluggish morning blood get going when I heard them.
SOL DE SANGRE
I’ve rapidly become a fan of Sol De Sangre, even though I’ve now only heard two songs by them. The first one I wrote about here a month ago is a tribute to Altar of Madness-era Morbid Angel named “Más Abajo del Infierno” — which is now available on Bandcamp. The second one, “Muertos Con Ojos Estallados“, popped up on YouTube just yesterday, and is yet another summoning of the evil death metal these dudes grew up with.
Both songs come from a planned debut album by this band, whose line-up consists of veterans from other groups in Colombia, and elsewhere in South America. The album was mixed by the legendary Tomas Skogsberg at Sunlight Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, and mastered by Toxic Holocaust’s Joel Grind. It’s projected for release in early 2018.
This new song is just a goddamn massive tank attack of death. The pile-driving grooves are heavy enough to fracture concrete, and when the song is in full-on juggernaut mode it’s obliterating. It’s grisly and gruesome, with great melodic leads to go along with those titanic bass notes, head-battering drum beats, and destructive riffs. There’s also a hell of a solo waiting for you, and as I mentioned when I wrote about the first track, the raw and unhinged quality of the vocals again manifests itself as one more of the song’s many strengths.
The other song I picked comes in the form of a lyric video. It combines live performance footage with a track from the 2017 EP Path Into Insanity by the Swiss death metal band Despising Age.
“Painful Obliteration” is one turbocharged piece of marauding, which combines evil, buzzing tremolo’d riffing with hard-punching rhythms that jab as fast as the whir of hummingbird wings. Demonic, roaring vocals; queasy, slithering melodic motifs; and an incinerating solo add further firepower to this assault.
In addition to the lyric video, I’ve included a stream of the full EP (uploaded by the band). As far as I can tell, the only way to get Path Into Insanity is by e-mailing the band: firstname.lastname@example.org