Memento Mori, 24.04.17
After having ploughed through Nameless Hideous Manifestations once, I sought relevant information. I was kind of suspecting Swedish death metal, as the sound of anal mutilation by chainsaw sounded like a Swedish sawmill. Lack of hooks through melodic finesse, however, spoke to a lesser extent of Swedish meddling. Soulrot turns out to hail from Chile, where they initially started out as early as 93/94.
However, the band was quickly put on ice, and did not return to service until as much as twenty years later.
You'd think the name of the short, beastly intro, Desde el arrecife del diablo... would have given me a hint. The first song, Those Who Dwell in the Abyss, begins with the undoubtedly best riff of the album, that - together with a stylish cover - provides expectations of life-threatening gunpowder in store.
The sound is full of lethal punch, better than on the lion's share of what comes out of the elongated and slender South American country, and also suggest crushing furore. That's an aspect the Chileans master well. However, there is a lack of killer riffs and creepy moods around, meaning that 37-minute long Nameless Hideous Manifestations largely go into one ear and out the other. The album is hearable, but unfortunately to a bit too large extent matches the definition of the word generic. It should be said that the guys sometimes strike out and strike a chord, as in the moods of Ectoplasmic Revelation or with interesting rhythms, as in Incorporeal Autopsy, but unfortunately the likes don't happen too often.
I was thinking about disapproving the album, but I'm not entirely comfortable being that strict as this is actually more than listenable. In order to provide some proper value that'd justify spending money on it, more substance than what the Chileans are providing at this time should be required. However, there's not necessarily a whole lot that separates cliff from wheat. Sound and performance is impeccable, so if the band serves up a bit more murderous and memorable riffs and transitions, and preferably a bit more gloomy atmosphere the next time around, the wind can quickly turn into their favour.
In this case, however, Soulrot does not assert themselves in the competition, and since there's not much more to write home about, I won't. Until further notice, we'll note them as a band with potential.