|Review: Savant - Serial Killers' Tales|
|Serial Killers' Tales|
Year released: 2017
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: April 29, 2017
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
for:Serial Killers' Tales
Brazil, bloody Brazil... Samba, bloody samba... Thrash, bloody Thrash. Let me introduce this Rio de Janeiro, Brazil-based act named Savant. Savant came into existence in 1996 (active in 1996-99 as Oráculo), and ever since the band has been churning out their take-no-prisoners, uncompromising style of Thrash Metal that is as much Brazilian (Sepultura especially) as it is American (Slayer, Exodus, Anthrax), as well as European-influenced Thrash (Exumer, Onlaught); a mixed pack of influences from both the 80s and 90s Thrash Metal, basically. These Brazilians base their sound on meaty, heavy, and crunchy riff fests, creating a pretty firm backbone for their mercilessly rollin' Thrash outbursts on their second album, Serial Killers' Tales. This is a concept album, as the title clearly suggests, about serial killers and other gruesome butchers of this world (Savant could well be seen as Thrash Metal's own Macabre, ha!).
Besides Savant's serious drive to thrash hard, they also use some striking melodies almost exceptionally well, like on "Mishappened Eastern Geek". Antonio Vargas (on vocals and guitar) reminds me of German thrashers Exumer's Mem von Stein vocally but with a throatier approach. His voice fits well with Savant's relatively diverse Thrash Metal approach, bringing in some heaviness and sheer masculinity, just showing everyone the band has grown big balls since the day they first started. For example, "Reaper of Pain" is such a song; one heavy fucker of a song, proving Savant's true manliness in such a great way, besides splitting your skull in half, like a ten-ton hammer.
In conclusion, I can only recommend you check out Savant. You may get positively surprised by them.
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