Hereditas (Greyhaze Records)
I’m not a very superstitious guy in life. However, sometimes signs jump out at you and glare in your direction until you notice them. After a few listens of the new EP from Brazil’s DESALMADO, I sat down to type this review and a funny thing happened. Out of nowhere my laptop, recently out of the repair shop started typing out a series of repeated numbers all on its own. All the numbers were strings of 666. Over and over again. 666. I shit you not! I’m not sure if my laptop is possessed or not, but one thing I do know is grindcore in Portuguese is muito surpreendente! Formerly known as EL FUEGO, the band is nearly finished with their full length opus produced by SEPULTURA drummer Jean Dolabella. In the meantime we have the Hereditas EP to tide us over until then.
Furious, fast and undeniably vibrant sounding, the band blends grindcore, hardcore and thrash styles to craft an expert slab of metal. Even in just under fourteen minutes you can hear the high quality of the songwriting and playing in the group. Lead track “Condenados Pelo Odio” sounds like old-school SEPULTURA to begin with after a thunderous opening. However, quickly it drops into a breakneck thrash/grindcore tempo that nearly reminds me of early KRISIUN. Fast and brutal is the way to go and for this and clearly shows the band has listened to a lot of NAPALM DEATH and KILL THE CLIENT growing up. The ending groove is just massive and killer. Second track “Em Sua Honra” just a short blistering jab in the eye musically. A wake up call with sick guitars and crazy vocals by front man Carlo Augusttas. His growling scream calls to mind Kevin Sharpe (BRUTAL TRUTH/VENOMOUS CONCEPT/PRIMATE) and is terrific. “Miseria Escravatura” is another quick burner chock full of great riffs and histrionic tempos. I fear someone is gonna hurt themselves trying to head bang and keep up with the power and speed of these songs. Moving a notch beyond the typical sounds found in most of the genre, DESMALDO is not afraid to change it up and show their other influences too. Drummer Ricardo Nutzmann definitely has a bit of the old Igor Cavalera tribalism in his stick work and you couldn’t fault the guy for being impacted such a legendary drummer from his country’s most important band. “Chagas Avertas” bashes and slashes away with razor wire riffage. Guitarists Estevam Romera and Bruno Texieira have good tones and can do more than just pedal a basic riff. These guys can really play whether it is thrash, punk or even a touch of death in their style. Bassist Maria Piti has a really sweet tone, albeit it is buried too much in the mix like most grindcore. The best track here is “Manto de Sangue” which means “cloak of blood”. The track is just vicious sounding and the guitars sound like hot saw-blades in action. The final song “Hereditas” is yet another harsh one. This band gives me a lot of hope and I’m really looking forward to their full length album later this year.
DESMALDO: One to watch.
by Keith (Keefy) Chachkes