Album Review – Rigor Mortis BR / The One Who… (2016)

Feel the stiffness of death dominate your body after being crushed by the brutal Death Metal blasted by this old school quartet made in Brazil.

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capa02-grandeRigor mortis (or “stiffness of death” from Latin), is one of the recognizable signs of death caused by chemical changes in the muscles post mortem, which cause the limbs of the corpse to stiffen. Just add to that a “BR”, and the final result will exhale putridity and toughness, the two main elements found in the impetuous Death Metal played by the excellent Brazilian underground squad Rigor Morts BR, who are releasing a feast of old school extreme music entitled The One Who… for the delight of fans of Suffocation, Cryptopsy, Dying Fetus and Cannibal Corpse. If you’re ready to bang your head like a maniac until your neck stiffens to the point you cannot move it anymore, then Rigor Mortis BR will definitely help you achieve your main objective.

Formed in the 90’s by guitarist Alexandre Rigor in the city of Porto Alegre, the capital of Brazil’s most southern state, Rio Grande do Sul, Rigor Mortis BR offer fans of heavy music a lecture in brutality mixed with a refined technique, always loyal to the foundations of Death Metal by keeping their musicality extremely raw and visceral. Going beyond the limits of the human mind and especially of our actions and primeval nature in their lyrics, Rigor Mortis BR have been fighting for years against financial setbacks and the hassles of finding a record label, but it seems they have finally found the right partner for the release of The One Who…, as the entire team from Sangue Frio Produções are huge supporters of the Brazilian underground scene and certainly provided everything Rigor Mortis BR needed to spread their carnivorous Death Metal all over the world.

A short macabre Intro prepares the listener for Dialeto de Morto (“dialect of the dead”), a putrid Death Metal composition that takes violence to the limit, with bassist Christian Peixoto blasting some low-tuned punches before drummer Ricardo “Chakal” Chiarello begins his furious performance. Their sonic carnage continues with the demented Psychotropic Illness, where lead singer Leafar Sagrav (or Rafael Vargas backwards) sounds truly possessed due to his bestial deep gnarls while Alexandre Rigor delivers old school riffs through his evil guitar; followed by Human Flesh Juice, with the putrescent growls by Leafar and the insane beats by Chakal leading this infernal tune that brings forward traditional Death Metal with hints of Black Metal. Despite being cavernous at all times, it’s still very technical, showcasing how skillful the entire band is, as for example the wicked solos by Alexandre.

Medieval Impalement, the longest of all tracks, presents elements from sluggish and evil Doom Metal with Leafar offering some hellish gnarls commonly found in Black Metal, therefore enhancing the song’s obscurity. It’s tailored for fans of the heaviest form of Death Metal you can think of, where the sounds brought forth by Alexandre on guitars are insanely menacing. Following that damned song, Rigor Mortis BR keep paving their furious path of devastation with Find Body Parts Toy, with highlights to its unstoppable beats and another demented performance by Leafar on vocals. The second song of the album sung in Brazilian Portuguese and a demonic composition that sounds absolutely demolishing, Febrônio Índio do Brazil, is about a famous Brazilian serial killer known as “Filho da Luz” (or “son of light”), with the entire band translating the violence and bloodshed of his lunatic acts into their merciless Death Metal.

Interlúdio is a very quick break before all hell breaks loose once again with Raw Meat Sugar, with Chakal sounding as if he’s pounding his drums with a sledgehammer, consequently reaching a whole new level of heaviness and being highly recommended for some sanguinary mosh pits and ferocious headbanging. And closing the album we have the title-track The One Who…, bringing forward some modern elements without losing its old school essence. While Leafar’s growls and screams get deeper and deeper, Alexandre fires razor-edged riffs that will cut your ears mercilessly until the end of this bestial song.

In order to explode your ears and stiffen your neck headbanging to the music by Rigor Mortis BR, go check their Facebook, YouTube and ReverbNation. There are several locations where you can purchase The One Who…, as for instance the Sangue Frio Produções’ webstore, The Metal Vox, Heavy Metal Rock, the Odicelaf webstore and directly from the band’s Facebook shop. By supporting bands like Rigor Mortis BR, you are not only providing your neck an endless source of pain due to the brutality emanating from their music, but you’re also helping underground Death Metal to stay alive, which is always a good thing.

Best moments of the album: Dialeto de Morto, Human Flesh Juice and Raw Meat Sugar.

Worst moments of the album: None.

Released in 2016 Sangue Frio Records

Track listing
1. Intro 0:23
2. Dialeto de Morto 2:31
3. Psychotropic Illness 4:45
4. Human Flesh Juice 3:26
5. Medieval Impalement 6:14
6. Find Body Parts Toy 3:58
7. Febrônio Índio do Brazil 3:28
8. Interlúdio 0:24
9. Raw Meat Sugar 3:56
10. The One Who… 2:48

Band members
Leafar Sagrav – vocals
Alexandre Rigor – guitar
Christian Peixoto – bass
Ricardo “Chakal” Chiarello – drums

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Album Review – Warmask / Better You Start to Run EP (2015)

This Halloween, put your war mask on and get ready for a violent and metallic bloodshed by this talented Brazilian Thrash Metal act.

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warmask_epAs today is one of the most anticipated days of the year, the always fun Halloween, I have the perfect treat for you who doesn’t care that much about trick-or-treating or carving pumpkins, but instead prefers enjoying a cold beer, listening to some good metal music and slamming into the pit with your closest friends. I’m talking about the brand new EP by Brazilian Thrash/Groove Metal power trio Warmask, entitled Better You Start to Run, and as you might have already notice they’re properly masked and ready to haunt your soul and crush you with their merciless music not only during this All Saints’ Eve but also for many years to come, based on the exceptional quality of their music.

Hailing from the city of Caxias do Sul, located in the province of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, this masked trinity follows a straightforward and effective pattern in their compositions, and although they do not sound purely innovative in what they do they surely keep the fire of metal burning bright with their endless stamina, indisputable dexterity and insurgent aggression. Besides, when the music in question is Thrash Metal, a subgenre of heavy music where most fans value the level of energy and violence flowing through the instruments rather than complexity or creativity, this is all you need to kick ass.

The first song, Inner War, showcases rumbling and solid Thrash/Death Metal with tons of groove thanks to the powerful bass lines by Eduardo Ramos, with the awesome growls by singer/guitarist Paulo Henrique adding depth and ferocity to the overall result. Fans of Sepultura and Lamb Of God will connect to this tune immediately, and I’m pretty sure it will break your fuckin’ neck if you’re not careful enough. Well, who said you’re supposed to be careful while listening to high-quality metal music, right?

warmaskEven groovier and with hints of that Psychedelic Rock from the 70’s,Your Time To Fall brings lots of variations led by drummer Jonathan Reinheimer, while Paulo keeps screaming and delivering his razing riffs like there’s no tomorrow. And yet again leaning towards the modern metal played by Lamb Of God, this masked power trio continues their path of rhythmic destruction in No More Life, including elements of Doom Metal and Southern Rock the likes of Down and Crowbar. After a while, the song becomes a vicious onslaught of Thrash Metal before things slow down again and those sluggish and heavy riffs get back in action, increasing the song’s impact and quality.

Lastly, in No Way To Knowing the band doesn’t take it easy at all on the aggressiveness, with highlights to Paulo’s harsh growls especially when screaming the name of the song. In addition to that, pay attention to the excellent solo by Paulo as it adds an extra dose of harmony to the song. Unfortunately after less than 15 minutes the EP is over, but as Warmask are already working on a brand new full-length album to be released as soon as possible we can rest assured we’ll have more of their rebellious tunes to bang our heads nonstop in the future.

In summary, if the future releases by Warmask are as powerful as what’s found in Better You Start to Run, those guys will go places without a shadow of a doubt. In order to get in touch with these talented Thrash Metal insurrectionists, go check their Facebook page and YouTube channel, and you can also take a listen at the entire EP at their SoundCloud page. Well, it’s Halloween, so why don’t you put your war mask on and get ready for a violent and metallic bloodshed by this promising Brazilian power trio? I guarantee you won’t regret it.

Best moments of the album: Inner War.

Worst moments of the album: None.

Released in 2015 Independent

Track listing
1. Inner War 4:09
2. Your Time To Fall 3:44
3. No More Life 5:27
4. No Way To Knowing 3:38

Band members
Paulo Henrique – vocals, guitars
Eduardo Ramos – bass
Jonathan Reinheimer – drums