CRUCIFIXION BR - Human Decay - Reviewed by Metal Digest ! check it out here at this link: https://metal-digest.com/2022/03/09/crucifixion-br-human-decay/
For the death metal connoisseur of the modern age, blastbeats, guttural screams and pinch harmonics are a must. Luckily, Crucifixion have got you covered, with multitudes of all, there’s not much to miss. It could be said that their new album “Human Decay” is a modern representative of these classic death metal tropes.
Branded as Blackened Death Metal, it is hard to hear the blackened elements shine through, with very little room for atmosphere and high pitched tremolo melodies. The album offers brutality in multitudes, delivering a variance of 4/4 sections and death metal banality. What is interesting is the recurring use of tongue placement in the vocalist’s harsh vocals, this gives the growls an almost deathcore like tone, not dissimilar to Phil Bozeman from Whitechapel.
It would be hard to say this album was groundbreaking or particularly stimulating, as it seems to be presenting a 90s era Death Metal era. Janky, partially melodic guitar solos, consistently pounding double kicks and no vocal divergence are some prominent features. There are some commendable aspects, such as its abrasive feel and obvious power to the album’s riffs.
The lead guitar lines seem to be emulating bands like Death or Morbid Angel, however they lack in impact or melodic relevance to the rest of the song, and the solos appear sloppy and random. The percussion is mostly consistent, but with persistent timing errors, and has an incomplete rhythmic feel. This gives the album a DIY approach and regrettably damages the listening experience.
The artwork is very interesting and well rendered, sporting a half skeleton half human deteriorating in front of a burning planet orbited by a moon with another sub- moon, amidst a partially mystical cosmic background and a plethora of satanic symbols. Unfortunately this great spread of themes feels unrepresented in its sound. “Human Decay” offers no obvious mysticism or atmosphere traceable to the more celestial elements. The half skeleton lady on the front is emblematic of the album’s title, however, aspects of her skeletal side look odd and out of place. Overall, it’s hard to understand how this artwork reflects the music of the album, being so detailed, varied and colourful.
In summary, this album’s timing quirks, undeveloped production, genre appeasement, odd artwork and dynamic invariance is peculiar and quite disappointing. Perhaps Crucifixion could incorporate more musical finesse into their work, and try weaving something new into their sound, as they seem to be adept at recreating death metal already. - Metal Digest
Release Date: October 31, 2021
FFO: Behemoth, Morbid Angel, Vader
Location: Sao Paulo/Brazil
Short Bio: Brazilian Blackened Death Metal band that has received excellent reviews and compliments for their unique style. They have played hundreds of concerts in Brazil, sharing the stage with bands such as Dark Funeral, Krisiun, Gama Bomb, and on their first European tour they played alongside Besatt, Fleshless among others, getting excellent reactions from the European crowds. Originally formed by creative composer and multi-instrumentalist Maxx Guterres, vocalist and guitarist, and Juliana Novo, one of the most brutal female drummers in Metal scene, two times finalist on Hit Like A Girl worldwide contest, the band is completed by the bassist Beto Factus and lead guitarist Rafael Orsi.
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After years of brazilian tours, important shows alongside big names in world metal such as Dark Funeral, Gama Bomb, Krisiun, etc, a European tour that went through five countries, it was time for CRUCIFIXION BR to present its definitive work: “Human Decay”!
Successor to the acclaimed “Destroying The Fucking Disciples Of Christ” (2014), “Human Decay” is the second album by CRUCIFIXION BR and as well as the debut was recorded in January 2020 at the Hurricane Studio in Porto Alegre/RS Brazil and produced by vocalist/guitarist Maxx Guterres and uruguayan producer/guitarist Sebastian Carsin. Postponed for release in October 31st 2021 due to COVID-19. The album features special guest André Rod from brazilian Thrash Metal band ATTOMICA on the title track “Human Decay”, and the legend Dave Ingram (BENEDICTION, ex-BOLT THROWER) on “Bloody Fire Victory”. Also Sebastian Carsin recorded all the lead guitars in the album as a guest.
The cover art for “Human Decay” is signed by Romulo Dias (SHAMAN, Edu Falaschi, Alírio Netto).
“Human Decay represents the natural evolution of Crucifixion BR and I'm very happy with it”, declares vocalist and guitarist Maxx Guterres. “We've kept the roots intact and continue to address the brutality of this style of music, but there is, in fact, an evolution both musically and in terms of lyrics. This is a stronger, more brutal record, with more Death Metal elements, but still with the presence of Black Metal in some aspects. Crucifixion BR is going down a more technical and intelligent path, I think the music is more creative, as well as the lyrics. The previous album "Destroying…" has a lot of old stuff, from the roots, has demo songs and new songs from the time, on Human Decay only two songs are old, “My Savior” and “A Few Lies Of Your Whole Light”, coincidentally are the ones which were released as singles and music videos. The lyrics of the first album addressed classic Black Metal themes, such as the criticism of the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church, anti-Christianity, a little bit about existential crisis, talking about death, while Human Decay is an evolution. Of course, we still keep on criticizing Christianity or any other type of religion and fanaticism, but we also focus on believing in ourselves, in our ideals, in our inner strength and without dogmas, without religion, which ends up transmitting to the fans a message of not giving up on your goals and dreams and trying to do the right thing. We always want evolution and, musically, to become more and more brutal.”
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