Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Bode Preto "Mystic Massacre" 2015 Iron Tyrant Records

From the steaming pits of Brazil comes Bode Preto, an excellent band that rides the fine line between black metal and death metal just like so many of their countrymen. Stylistically, they remind me of a cross between early Sarcofago and aggressive De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas-era Mayhem. Their relentless, aggressive attack, however, reminds me of bands like Blasphemy, Black Witchery, or Proclamation. The recording itself helps the band - it's not pristine, and it's not utter junk for the sake of cult-ness (it's is a crime, by the way, that so many bands choose to ruin perfectly good albums for that reason). It's a clear recording, but with just enough fuzz and dissonance and chaotic aplomb to lend real personality to the album, the way productions did for bands in the early days of this music. That goes for the songwriting, too. The songwriting is over the top, in your face, and perpetually devastating, the way proper South American black/death ought to be. Bode Preto went to the top of my list immediately along with Sarcofago, Mystifier, Holocausto, Krisiun, old Sepultura, and the handful of others that have made the Brazilian scene what it is today.