On July 27th Memento Mori Records will release Victims of Spiritual Warfare, the second album by the Chilean death metal band Soulrot. Last month we came across the album’s first “single”, a song named “God Forsaken“, which prompted us to blurt out: “Crunchy, raw, and rotten Swedish-style death metal and grindcore from Chile, with hideous (in a good way) vocals, a toxic guitar tone, and a berserker spirit. Really looking forward to hearing more of this menacing mayhem….”
Well, it didn’t take long for us to dive into the rest of Victims…, and to discover just how hard these Chilean barbarians punch all the right buttons in their quest to reanimate the rotten corpse of early ’90s death metal while simultaneously blistering listeners with grindcore explosiveness. This would have been less surprising had we known that Soulrot had its earliest origins circa 1993-1994, or had we heard their Horrors from Beyond demo in 2014, their Revelations EP two years later, or their 2017 debut album, Nameless Hideous Manifestations. But better late than never!
“God Forsaken” was goddamned good, and now we get a chance to add another track for public consumption, one named “All That Remains” — and it’s a terrifically explosive and electrifying onslaught too.
The song spawns images of an earth-shaking freight train from hell rushing down obsidian tracks, spewing flames and trailing billowing clouds of thick, noxious smoke. It’s a surging juggernaut of sound right from the start, with the kind of brazen intensity that gives it a feeling of out-of-control chaos. The drums sound like hammering pistons, and the riffing is a fast-hammering force as well, with the kind of massive chainsawing distortion that fractures bedrock. It also sounds like a madman is at the controls of this destructive leviathan, howling like a rabid and enraged beast.
The music is crushing and crazed, punctuated by bursts of shrieking guitar and by brutal sledgehammer blows delivered straight to the back of the listener’s neck, and accented by a dismal and demented guitar solo that wails like a delirious poltergeist.
Credit for the new album’s eye-catching cover art goes to Cesar Valladares, and a round of applause goes to the masterful Javier Felez at Moontower Studios, for the mastering work. For more info about how to pick up the album, keep an eye on these spots:
Had me from the intro on All That Remains, this is killer.