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Review: Tumulto - Holy War
Holy War

Label: Independent
Year released: 2001
Duration: 12:39
Tracks: 3
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: February 26, 2003
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 2/5 (40%) (1 Vote)

I couldn't help but have a satisfied smile when I first listened to this demo. Out there we have once legendary Thrash bands turning into crap, and, face it, not many bands taking over the "old school Thrash" sound. Brazil's Tumulto are one of the few who come to the rescue of this dearest of sounds. Ahem.. What the hell did I have for breakfast this morning. OK, on with the music. :) The music is pretty much mid-paced with fast riffs thrown in the mix, not unlike some of the early Slayer stuff, but I found Tumulto to remind me more of two lesser known bands: Canada's Prophecy and Austria's Valhalla (there are reviews on this site.) The vocals especially are very much in Prophecy's style, but factor in the music and you can throw in the Valhalla sound as well. The music is pretty heavy but not as dark or "evil sounding" as Slayer were in their early days. I guess the best comparison would be the heavier stuff that has come from the Bay Area. The lyrics express frustation at war and intolerance and fit very well with the pace and mood of the music.

Tumulto doesn't invent anything, but mix a couple of Thrash sounds well, and this is sure to please at least some Thrash fans, except maybe the most demanding. They may want to re-think the band's name, as it really doesn't strike me as the name of a Thrash band, nor as metal band's name for that matter. Hey, all I ask is for the music to rock, and this does it. Good stuff, check them out.

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