Friday, May 13, 2011

Initial Impressions: Grave Desecrator: Insult

I have been on a bit of a South American metal kick. Luckily Hell's Headbangers has quite a bit of the stuff available. Brazil's Grave Desecrator definitely satisfies that hunger for some good, old-fashioned South American metal. Despite forming in the late 1990's, Grave Desecrator sounds like a band from the 1980's, back when Sepultura was just barely showing signs of selling out, and Sarcofago and Holocausto were playing their dirty take on thrash metal that influenced a ton of the early second wave black metal bands.

This is raw and filthy blackened death metal with some surprisingly good production values, which is pretty rare for this type of South American metal. The band sounds like a mix between the aforementioned Brazilian bands and American acts like Angelcorpse with some Celtic Frost thrown in for good measure. They have a very dark and evil atmosphere going for them which is accentuated by the murky production. Parts of the album sound almost like the soundtrack for an occult horror movie.

This is an impressively evil and dark-sounding album from a little-known Brazilian band. Check it out if you dare.

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