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Review: Els Focs Negres - Martiris carnívors: Himnes per a un nou apocalipsi
Els Focs Negres
Martiris carnívors: Himnes per a un nou apocalipsi

Label: Firecum Records
Year released: 2023
Duration: 47:59
Tracks: 7
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: July 2, 2024
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 3.57/5 (71.43%) (7 Votes)

Els Focs Negres (Catalan for "The Black Fires") are a Portuguese blackened heavy metal act that's been around since 2019, releasing a couple of albums in that time with their debut in 2020 and this release in 2023 through Raging Planet Records and Firecum Records (I didn't make that last one up). Seems they've caught the attention of Metal on Metal Records since then, who went ahead and reissued it in digital and CD form, complete with a new artwork and layout to give it a more professional package than it previously had. That amount of work suggests they think this is a band worth investing time and interest in, and after listening to Martiris Carnívors: Himnes per a un Nou Apocalipsi, I'm inclined to agree.

Musically, this filthy quintet has a love for the old dirty side of NWOBHM, with a kick of USPM and even a bit of Mercyful Fate in some of their theatrics. The lyrics are all in the Catalan tongue, so I couldn't tell you what they're saying, but I don't mind with music tending to the ancient mines that first formed when Venom laid out the groundwork for black metal by being louder and more unruly than their peers. That spirit is most reflected through Monsenyor Belathauzer of Death's wacked-out vocals, which aren't so much singing as they are a loud, off-not shout that has just enough grit to keep them from grating on the ears. Also like Venom, they piss in the face of anyone who'd think they aren't actual musicians with the 19-minute epic "Carnivors", which is really just 14 minutes of what you'd expect before a brief pause that builds to a Dianno-era Maiden styled closing complete with dual guitar harmonies, all of which shows a band that loves bashing around and being evil that can really surprise you when they want to. Anyone who misses the old days of extreme metal before it really had a name will find a lot to love with these unruly bastards.

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