The 'Releases Of The Year' series are albums chosen by myself as the best release from each country / dependency known to have an official release in the year 2017. These are alphabetized in country order so are easy to navigate. Each award has national flag featured alongside the band name, Release Of The Year' and Facebook link (where provided)
Fans of South American death metal take notice. Decibel Magazine premiered one of Verthebral tracks recently AT THIS LINK and remarked that the Paraguayan band "will restore your belief in the true underground".
It's not often you come across bands from Paraguay and if this is the first time you have, you are bound to get blown away. This is primal yet superbly channelled death metal music that hearkens back to the days of Sarcofago, Malevolent Creation, Massacra, Krisiun, Rebaelliun, Angelcorpse and Vader. It's a combination of all of the above and sounds rather fresh in its output. There's a South American charm to the proceedings but everything is meticulously planned and executed. The production is suitably raw but also very clear and impactful.
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Webzine Transcending Obscurity streams the entirety of Master of Cruelty's highly anticipated second album, Archaic Visions of the Underworld. Set for international release on November 25th, Blood Harvest Records will release the album on vinyl LP format. In 2012, Blood Harvest released the vinyl edition of this Paraguayan black/death cult's debut album, Spit on the Holy Grail, a rabid 'n' ripping assault of bestial, deathly Black / Thrash. Now, with Archaic Visions of the Underworld, Master of Cruelty have surpassed that shockingly strong debut. Stream it in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Taking all the same elements that made Spit on the Holy Grail such a hot commodity with underground diehards - stutter 'n' surge battery, tortured-tonsil exhortations, and a ceaselessly swirling carnage of riff 'n' rhythm - and amplifying them further, Master of Cruelty render Archaic Visions of the Underworld a study in what makes death and black metal from South America so special, and so enduring. Like an unholy marriage of early Morbid Angel, Vulcano, and Chile's Pentagram, Archaic Visions of the Underworld explodes forth in a sulphurous haze of tangible evil and otherworldly vibration; it is both mercilessly violent and also equally atmospheric. And yet, through it all, Master of Cruelty never forget the metal aspect of the black / death cult, and command obeisance to possessed headbanging, claw-raising, and air-riffing. It's a wild ride into the very underworld itself.
A statement from the band reads as thus:
"Archaic Visions of the Underworld is deeply submerged in the unholy spine of Mantos, which represents what Master of Cruelty bleeds and kills for. Our sonic evil universe has been expanded into a much more profound, obscure atmosphere where restless violence and doomish paraphernalia shall always prevail. We invite only the sick demons of the underground to enter the realm of savage Paraguayan madness with the eight unedited tracks craving from the entity maestro de la crueldad."
Deathrash Armageddon will handle the CD version while Warfukk Records will handle the tape version. Stream Archaic Visions of the Underworld in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of Transcending Obscurity, as well as read an in-depth interview. Pre-order info can be found HERE. Cover and track-listing are as follows:
Metal Music Bookings & Management are proud to announce the addition of Pergana to the Metal Music Bookings & Management roster.
Originally born as a solo project founded by Adrian back in 2008, Pergana, the 5 piece Paraguayan Symphonic female-fronted Metal act have focused their strengths into writing, developing and recording their first two EPs, and most recently their debut album which is being mixed by the legendary Roy Z, ready to unleash to the world in 2016. Roy Z picked up Pergana as his newest project after the band signed a world wide deal with Metal Music Bookings & Management, and from this, expect great things coming 2016!
If you're into your Symphonic Metal then check these guys out! Inspired by the likes of Delain, Nightwish, Tarja & more.
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