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Review: Cosmic Jaguar - The Order of the Jaguar Knights
Cosmic Jaguar
The Order of the Jaguar Knights

Label: Independent
Year released: 2023
Duration: 20:26
Tracks: 4
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: October 21, 2023
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
The Order of the Jaguar Knights

Rated 4.4/5 (88%) (5 Votes)

Cosmic Jaguar made a huge impression on me last year with their debut, so I was expecting their latest EP to be high caliber as well, and boy am I not disappointed. The Order of the Jaguar Knights is more of the same varied, technical, and often progressive death/thrash as last time, producing a sound that's along the lines of old greats like Cynic, Atheist, and later Death. The only real difference is that the band sounds a bit tighter than before, and even Sergio Lunático has improved his vocals a good bit, no longer sticking to his screamy grunts and stretching himself out a bit more. The riffs are sharp and savage, the bass lines intricate and nicely upfront, and the drums so relentless and complex with tempo changes you'll struggle to keep up. Every track on here is damn good, but I have to single out both "The Bleeding Tree of Tamoanchan" for being the most varied and exciting and a spot-on cover of Cynic's "Veil of Maya" that closes the EP, especially in how Chimalma's fragile and angelic voice fit Sonia Otey's old vocal lines perfectly. There's not much else to say for such a short release, so fans of the debut need to get this, and newcomers could do worse than start here.

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