Jun 112020


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. Continue reading »

May 232020


We’re now continuing on with the mega-collection of new songs and videos we began here yesterday, resuming our march through the alphabet beginning with the letter S.

SEROCS (International)

To begin, we’ll throw your brain into a blender set to puree. “Building A Shrine Upon Vanishing Sands” is a brutalizing, electrifying, high-speed carnival ride. The percussive power of the song is punishing, and the vocals (also discharged at high speed) are rabid, while the darting and swirling fretwork is wild and exultant. The guitar soloing is nothing short of spectacular, and propels a song that was already an ecstatic thrill-ride way up into the stratosphere. If the track doesn’t leave you with an ear-to-ear grin, the virus may have mutated and given you facial paralysis. Continue reading »

Sep 012018


This MISCELLANY series is one of several that I started at NCS in the early days, but it has become moribund in recent years. In the case of this series, I posted the first edition on July 5, 2010, and the last one (No. 77) in June 2016, and the series had become very irregular even by then. So a refresher on the MISCELLANY game is probably worthwhile:

On a fairly random basis, I pick releases I’ve not heard before, usually by bands I’ve not heard before; I listen to a song or two (usually without much or any advance idea of what the music will sound like); I write my immediate impressions; and I then stream what I heard so you can make your own judgments. I should add that I have some ambitions to revive this series going forward, though I know myself too well to promise that it will happen on any kind of predictable basis.

I decided to sample the music of these three bands based solely on an e-mail we received from a Chilean metalhead whom I don’t know, recommending these three releases. All three groups are from Chile.


Of the three bands in this collection, Kizin have the most recent release, a 2018 debut album named Abstraction (released on July 17th), which includes cover art by Nox Fragor. Metal-Archives also lists three demos and a compilation in the discography of this group from Temuco going back to 2012, none of which I’ve heard. Abstraction is on Bandcamp, and on that page there’s a written prologue for the album: Continue reading »