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Review: Repugnatory - Destruyo tu cruz
Destruyo tu cruz

Label: Independent
Year released: 2018
Duration: 26:29
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black/Thrash


Review online: May 4, 2019
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 3.63/5 (72.5%) (8 Votes)

Chilean act Repugnatory was a completely new find for me. I stumbled across them on YouTube and their Blackened Thrash/Speed Metal just caught my immediate attention. All their songs are in Spanish, so I don't know what they're screaming about, but the music here slays hard enough to keep it from bothering me too much.

The band's eight-song debut album, Destruyo tu Cruz, offers a very raw, organic, and straightforward sounding mix of melodic Black and Thrash Metal that oozes with old-school underground charm, sounding something akin to a mix of early Kreator and Destruction with some Allegiance (the Swedish one) in the rasps of guitarist/vocalist Humberthor. Throw in the occasional Maiden-esque melodic passage and push it all through the dark lens of '90s Swedish Black Metal, and you get a relentless fusion of Black, Speed, Thrash, and Traditional metal that will throw you screaming back into the golden days of the genre whether you like it or not.

If there's one complaint I have, it's that they sometimes seem to run out of ideas for riffs. The starting riff on "Acero del Infierno" sounds a little too much like one particular Possessed song (you'll know it when you hear it). and the last two songs on the album, "Guerra proclamada por Satán" and "Destruyo tu Cruz", sound almost identical. At first, I honestly thought that I heard the same song played TWICE in a row.

Despite some repetitive and sometimes stolen riff work, Repugnatory have made a damn impressive debut, and it's more than worth checking out.

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