I’ve never actually witnessed a Brazilian black magic ceremony or the sacrifices and possessions that are said to happen in them, though I’ve read that such things do occur in the rites of the Macumba cults. But listening to the music of Pombajira is a voodoo experience in its own right. The name chosen by this devilish trio is itself a sign of their Afro-Brazilian cultural roots, and the music, which creates its own kind of trance, awakens primeval impulses in the most primitive parts of the brain.
Pombajira’s self-titled debut record is a six-song amalgam of influences that range from Black Sabbath and Hellhammer to Venom and Pentagram, with the atmosphere of Celtic Frost’s Into the Pandemonium. It will be released on November 29th by Helldprod Records, and today we’ve got the premiere of a song named “Vital Lucifer” that is indeed electrifyingly vital and definitely demonic.
The song really is Devil Rock — stripped-down and seductive, primal and pulsating, carnal and carnivorous, and thoroughly infernal. Powered by massive, jagged, chugging riffs that are filthied up by HM-2-scale distortion and by booming drum reverberations that put your neck in a vice grip and make it hammer like a piston, the music is obscenely compulsive. Sitting still just isn’t an option. And the vocal hostility (which also reverberates) is scorching, though the vocals also transform into proclamations which sound like a high priest of a satanic cult (and also include something like the grunts of a rutting bull).
The drums and riffing occasionally shift gears, slowing a bit and becoming even more grim, gruesome, and doom-heavy, and the song includes an extended solo that’s reptilian and psychedelic, twisting and spiraling higher and higher. That sorcerous solo magnifies the sense that the music is the recording of a shamanistic ritual of possession.
This track really is hellishly good, and highly infectious, and so is the whole album. Our gratitude goes out to Hellson Röcha (vocals/guitars), Blizzard (guitars/bass), and T. Splatter (drums).
The album is available for pre-order now. We’ve also included the stream of a previously released track named “In Reverance” to whet your fiendish appetites even more.