Machetazo - Mundo Cripta review


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Band: Machetazo
Album: Mundo Cripta
Release date: May 2008

01. Exorcismo
02. Muerte Helada
03. Alucinaciones Blasfemas
04. Mortífero Ente Demoníaco
05. Atormentado Por Bestias Resucitadas
06. Altares De Lo Macabro
07. El Wendigo
08. Estigma Licántropo
09. Descenso Al Sótano De La Morbosidad
10. Éxtasis Nauseabundo
11. Delirio En El Pozo De Excrementos
12. Totem (De Restos Humanos)
13. Fiebres De La Peste
14. Tu Piel Se Pudre Y Cae
15. Los Cuentos Del Muñón Gangrenoso V (Credo In Extremis)

Machetazo is one of those bands that remind you why you love extreme metal just so god-damnnn much every single time you listen to them. Mundo Cripta is their '08 answer to all those that consider metal dead and it is an awe-some reply, I can tell you that much. Machetazo is a Spanish Death/Grind act and one of the underground's favourites. If you'll ask an underground extreme metal vet for something brutal yet catchy and fun, he'll probably give you Machetazo. Mundo Cripta tells us why.

From the get-go, a ghoulish and gory vibe engulfs you. Just listen to the first riff of the first song, they immediately prove my point that they're both brutal and fun. It sounds like an early Entombed riff in a merry-go-round. Go ahead, take a moment to relish in it's groovy awesomeness and massive, rotten and crunchy sound. And there's plenty more where that came from! In most songs, the shorter riffs are accompanied by guttural growls to form 'choruses', which are often intersected with slightly slower and longer and therefore more awesome-nerrr riffs. Of the kind that have you grin like a maniac because it's just so much fun.

Other than the riffs, there's not much to say about the instrumentation. They're just good! The vocals are guttural and downtuned, with a filthy edge to them, the bass gives the guitar a good deal of low-end and the drummer (who also does the vocals, amazingly) lays a lot of variation in his playing. In fact, the entire album contains a lot of variation, mostly in terms of pace and intensity. At one moment they're playing high-speed grind, the next they're off into doomier Death metal territory and before you know it, you're caught in a whirlwind groove-riff of gargantuan proportions. Coupled with a lovely, perfectly rotten-sounding production, it's just one hell of a ride!

Criticism? Well, no. Of course you can decide to be a pussy and say that you're "just not into this stuff" - opinions are opinions and tastes are tastes. But if you've got a knack for fun, gory, brutal and intense Death (-grind), do not miss out. This one's mandatory. Fun-tastic album.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 8
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 7
Production: 8


Written on 27.02.2010 by If you're interested in extreme, often emotional and underground music, check out my reviews. I retired from reviewing, but I really used to be into that stuff.

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