|Review: Masacre - Total Death|
Label: Xtreem Music
Year released: 2004
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: March 4, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (5 Votes)
Dave Rotten's Xtreem music label certainly releases some decent stuff, this time it's courtesy of the brutal Colombians, Masacre. Having garnered quite a hefty reputation in the underground scene, Masacre really cover all bases of the death metal charter on this effort, with speed, melody and crushingly slow sections all topped off with an overall hue of professionalism to boot.
Pounding Krisiun-esque ravages are crowned with soaring Hate Eternal like soloing and propelled along like a laser guided missile at supersonic speeds by the usual demented double bass drumming (naturally). All of these independent elements all combine to form a quite punishing and massively enjoyable amalgamate. The standard of songwriting is consistently inventive and interesting thankfully too, with no filler tracks to be found, and while not being overwhelmingly 'fresh', there is certainly enough on offer here to keep your attention for more than a few spins. In fact, sometimes the demented riffage comes very close to matching that of some of the genres frontrunners, and the solos definitely deserve another mention as they're so well composed and professionally executed (certainly no wobbly harmonic dive trauma here) that it beggars belief that this bands name are not more frequently on peoples lips.
So, dig deep into your pockets this month to feed your deathly desires with this slab of unadulterated death-like delights – you will not regret it one iota.
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