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Review: Martelo Negro - Sortilegio Dos Mortos
Martelo Negro
Sortilegio Dos Mortos

Label: Necrosymphonic Entertainment
Year released: 2011
Duration: 42:45
Tracks: 14
Genre: Black/Death

Rating: 4/5

Review online: July 15, 2012
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Sortilegio Dos Mortos

Rated 3.61/5 (72.22%) (18 Votes)

This is the debut album for Martelo Negro, who used to be called "Black Hammer" in English before they decided all their shit needed to be in Portuguese. The album title means something like "Lottery of Death" as near as I can determine.

The only star this band seems to steer by is Hellhammer, as if that was not apparent from their name. This is thuggish, churning proto-thrash with heavy riffs and gravelly Tom Warrior-styled vocals. This kind of thing can be done well or poorly, because if we're honest, we have to admit even Hellhammer were on pretty thin ice. This style of pugilistic minimalism requires heaviness, attitude, and energy to work, things which Martelo Negro have in plenty. They have a punishing, thick guitar sound and riffs that are a bit more complicated than the usual Venomish simplicity one sees in imitators. They don't make the mistake of playing too slow and dirgey, and this thing rocks along with plenty of headbang fuel. The vocals are rather one-note, but that's the point of these kinds of vocals, and they do a great job of conjuring up the proper vibe. One dead spot on this is the song "Hierofante em Chames", which is straight from their demo and has a terrible recording job that renders it unlistenable when compared to the raw, rude sound of the rest of the album. They should have just left it off.

So if you are a fan of Hellhammer's primitive brand of demonic pounding, then this is a gem of the underground that you should not miss. This band isn't doing anything that hasn't been done, but they are doing it well.

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