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Review: Vitam Et Mortem - El río de la muerte
Vitam Et Mortem
El río de la muerte

Label: Satanath Records
Year released: 2020
Duration: 41:04
Tracks: 10
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: September 14, 2020
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 3.93/5 (78.67%) (15 Votes)

Vitam Et Mortem (Latin for "Life in Death") are a two-man project formed by Julian Trujillo and Julian Rodriguez back in 2002, and outside of some guest musicians on some of their releases, including Nicolas Jiménez on bass here, they have stayed a duo for their entire existence. Death Metal is the order of the day here, pretty similar to later Deicide and Vital Remains if they were more progressive and strange. This is a concept album that uses the river Acheren as an analogy for the Colombian river of Magdalene, which is said to be 'the biggest mass grave in Colombia', a concept which the band enhances by creating a mystical atmosphere with the use of acoustic melodies, spoken passages and weeping, catchy melodies that'll stick with you for days. The production is well balanced, the songwriting strange and mature, and the overall soundscape exciting and novel. Fans of more complex and experimental Death Metal will want to give El río de la muerte a try.

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