Hells Headbangers, 08.09.17
No, Deströyer 666 ain't launching a special version of Wildfire. It just might look that way.
At first, I thought this was the debut of Slaughtbbath, but that was released in 2013, named Hail to Fire. This turns out to be a compilation of material conceived later on. The Chilean trio are about to go on the road in North America, and a compilation has thus been compiled for the occasion. Three of the songs are taken from splits previously presented on these obscure pages, while one song has been written and recorded exclusively for this release, and another three are taken from other splits.
The release kicks off with the new song Astral Rape, recorded for this occasion in Chile 3 to 4 months ago, while the vocal was recorded in Finland of all places. The song is fast and devilish. A reckless cascade of blood and hellfire with lightly grating sound. Tough, although not particularly memorable.
Sound can have a lot to say considering how music is being perceived. A song, regardless of other qualities, can be perceived very differently with good and bad sound, respectively. All the tracks on Contempt, War and Damnation have recently been remixed by Pablo Clares (aka Hateaxes Command from Hades Archer et.al.) in DM6 Studio in Santiago.
The two songs Nefast Fireground and Tyranny from Sodom were bundled on Musica De Nuestra Muerte, the split with Grave Desecrator. Someone have used the ritual-dagger and chopped the songs apart from each other's embrace. They still go hand in hand, though. With a fresh mastering, the songs come more into their own. The sound of the split was low and flat, and so a bit more punch no doubt suits the songs.
As I originally wrote, the band sounds rabid, subject to a demonic curse, regardless of whether the pace is in a frantic turmoil or in Zombie mode. It's often quite rapid, but not at the start of Inverted Hierophany from Pestilential Hierophanies, the split with Ill Omen. I wrote last summer that “the first half of the six-minute song takes place in slow pace, while vocalist Desecrator frothingly utters his rabies-infested decrees”. The sound wasn't so bad on this one, but it still benefits a bit from this new mastering, and I enjoy the song even more than what I did just over a year ago.
On Contempt, War and Damnation, the vocalist (and bassist) calls himself SelfDesecrator, with SkullShredder handling guitar and backing vocals, and Negro beating the skins.
I don't know the remaining songs from earlier, but the sound that Bestial Descension is tainted with becomes too loud and shrill. This one has guest voices from IV of Ill Omen, and comes from Further Down to the Depths (compilation, 2015). That the pace gradually decreases throughout the song creates a pretty cool effect, though.
The Sands of Despair is taken from a 2014 split with Kill, and offers more blistering profanity, while Black Revelation of Death hails from a split with Hades Archer released the same year. This one has a good amount of delightful furious guitar-works. The guest solo is provided by Spirit of the Tyrant.
All in all, Slaughtbbath offers a lot of rabid, barbaric, frenetic and unbridled black furore. The downside is the lack of substance, which doesn't make it easy for the songs to stand out. With a bit more clever and intricate structure, the Chileans could quickly close in on good old Slayer and Sepultura, for there's no lack of bestial depraved fury. The band is definitely onto something.
The music is pretty cool. Yet, I considered for the longest time to hold back on the grading to separate the wheat from the chaff and distance this release from material with stronger compositional properties. But given that I think the music slays, in addition to me being quite certain that fans of pure obscene perverted brutality will fall head over heels, I stamp this one as good.