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Cavemaster – Sob O Abismo Do Infinito (2017) – Review

Band: Cavemaster
Album title: Sob O Abismo Do Infinito
Release date: 29 April 2017
Label: Fatsound Productions

Tracklist:
01. A Morte Que Me Leva
02. Chamas Do Inferno
03. Fim Da Humanidade
04. Céu Em Chamas
05. Sede De Sangue
06. Sob O Abismo Do Infinito
07. Terra Queimada
08. Ardendo Nas Chamas Do Inferno
09. Aniquilaçăo
10. Destruiçăo da Humanidade

Three ragefull individuals came along in Sintra, Portugal  in 2016 to show their disgust for depraved humanity around us. The band on their first full-length album, Sob O Abismo Do Infinito, shows us an old-school misanthropic black metal with thrash and death metal influences They were formed by Revage (vocals), DS13 (guitar, bass, keyboards) and Rater (drums). The artwork for this album is centered on the work of John Hamilton Mortimer (1740-1779) entitled 'Death On A Pale Horse' circa 1775, and is much appreciated by me.

From the first track on the album, to the last, the music reminded me of Brazilian trash horror films of the 60s. Elements such as wind and bells, the keyboard acting as a ghostly church organ, give the terrifying tone of a world ravaged by iniquity and described vehemently by Revage throughout his lyrics. The intro is an instrumental with a dense and desperate atmosphere. The cries at the end are the keynote for the opening of the next track, "Chamas Do Inferno", demonic and haunted. The guitars are distorted almost in a painful way, slow rhythms and mid tempos are well explored. Definitely more death than black metal vocal, same tone on all tracks. A melodic and painful atmosphere can be found in the last two tracks, “Aniquilaçăo” e “Destruiçăo da Humanidade”. The band got it right when they decided to use the Portuguese language in this project, I think that it adds a certain charm and makes it somehow special.
 
When I first came across this album album, before I even heard it, I confess that I was afraid of what I would find ahead of me. But to my surprise I liked it a lot. The lyrics are simple and well structured, bleeding misanthropy and repulsion by the putrid soul of most humans. The instrumental engagement is good, but I would like to see more guitar solos and fury in the fast tracks. The melodic parts are covered with a lot of feelings, the guitar expresses very well. Regarding the drums, I really liked the "footprints", but it could stand out a little more. Congratulations to the gloomy keyboard, perfect! My favorite tracks are the two horror themed ambiental cinematic instrumentals, the intro "A Morte Que Me Leva" and the album title track "Sob O Abismo Do Infinito", as well the tracks loaded with kind of hardcore style elements mixed with black metal work out just great, like "Sede De Sangue" and "Terra Queimada".

Review written by: Felin Frost
Rating: 7/10

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Band: Cryo Chamber Collaboration
Album title: Azathoth
Release date: 06 October 2015
Label: Cryo Chamber

"Outside the ordered universe is that amorphous blight of nethermost confusion which blasphemes and bubbles at the center of all infinity—the boundless daemon sultan Azathoth, whose name no lips dare speak aloud, and who gnaws hungrily in inconceivable, unlighted chambers beyond time and space amidst the muffled, maddening beating of vile drums and the thin monotonous whine of accursed flutes." H.P. Lovecraft, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath. Azathoth is the perfect  demon for dark ambient artists to imagine through sound. With so many artists involved in the project, its as if they have found a way, which in H.P. Lovecraft's time was impossible, to make sounds that fit the description of this demon and its encounters with humanity. Azathoth is the most recommended dark ambient album I can tell you to experience. The listener should especially enjoy Azathoth on a dark rainy night or any time they are feeling their darker side take hold. Listen to this brutally beautiful project in its entirety every moment is worth it. Global collaborations like this, showcasing artists from all over the world, is an inspiring concept, especially during these increasingly troubled times.

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