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Review: Mental Horror - Proclaiming Vengeance
Mental Horror
Proclaiming Vengeance

Label: Necropolis Records
Year released: 2002
Duration: 49:43
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 2.5/5

Review online: February 17, 2002
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating
Proclaiming Vengeance

Rated 3/5 (60%) (5 Votes)

Let me start this review by saying that I may not be the best judge for this style of music. Mental Horror play ultra brutal death metal and although I can take this in small doses it is hard for me to sit through an entire album of it. The bio information that was sent along with the promo even proclaims, "This is not for everyone - Proclaiming Vengeance was created only for the fans of the most excessively intense musical punishment." I can whole-heartedly agree with this statement, this is definitely not for everyone but for those of you that are into this style this will definitely be something well worth your time and effort of picking up.

Mental Horror hail from Brazil and to say that Brazil has become the breeding ground for brutal death metal would be an understatement with bands like Abhorrence, Ophilatory and of course Krisiun. Mental Horror continues to wave the flag of their brethren on this release. Like I said before I may not be the best judge for this kind of music but there was something on this disc that really stood out to me. The guitar work is far and away some of the best I have ever heard in this style of music. The work by Adriano Martini is very impressive and something you really don't expect to find in this genre. Excellent leads throughout this album as well as an instrumental (Screams of Tiamat) that really showcases his talent.

The only problem I have with this album is the only problem I have with the entire genre of ultra brutal death metal and to a larger extent with grindcore and that is the lack of variety that differentiates one song from another. After a while the songs really start to blend together and it is hard to tell where one song ended and another began. I know this is more something in my personal taste and not something that may be indicative of the music as a whole so I cant really say that this album is bad or good. If you are a fan of the genre or with Brazilian death metal only you will definitely like this but if you don't like drums that are going 3000 mph and heavy growling vocals you will want to stay away.

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