Released via Morbid Skull Records, Coalition of Death is another enjoyable split release introducing a wider audience to two more seriously accomplished underground propositions. The bands given the platform are El Salvador’s Conceived By Hate and Colombian metallers Akheron, a pair of thrash bred antagonists with potent sounds to highly satisfy and excite ears. Each provides four captivating and bruising offerings, including one cover each, all combining to create an encounter which is not a landmark release or going to stop metal in its tracks but certainly gives both bands a higher profile in a worldly spotlight.
CONCEIVED BY HATE
Death thrashers Conceived By Hate are first up, a band formed in 2002 by Morbid Skull Records owner, guitarist/vocalist Jorge Montesino (Disorder, Morbid Stench) alongside co-founders bassist Carlos Basagoitia and guitarist Rene Vega. Since forming, the band has had a few line-up shuffles amidst a handful of releases and splits; each increasing awareness of the band outside of their homeland. Now the San Salvador sextet exposes new ears to a trio of their original intrusions and one enjoyable cover upon Coalition of Death.
Their first track is Devotees of Death, an immediate fury of barbarous rhythms and scarring riffs bound in just as quickly gripping fiery grooves. It is an attention grabbing start which only increases its lure as the raw vocals of Montesino prey on ears, sound-tracked by increasingly tangy guitar enterprise. Bursts of technical potency break up the torrent of incessant aggression but only for swift flirtations so that the intensity and commanding persuasion of the track never waivers. It is a thunderous slab of thrash driven death malevolence inspiring a keen appetite for the band’s sound, a taste fed potently again by the following Hypocritical Sense of Ego. With the keys of Tulio Mata a more prominent inventive colour to the tsunami of sonic and rhythmic antagonism driven by the skilled swings of Iosif Najarro, the track is a more exploratory and fascinating proposal to its predecessor but lacks the fluency of attack which set the first apart.
Nevertheless the song only adds to an enjoyable first taste of Conceived by Hate, backed just as agreeably by the melodic and sonic tapestry of Embrace the Absurd. The track prowls and launches at the senses with a varied gait and an ever evolving intensity, again revealing more of the creative tenacity in the band’s sound along the way. Brutal rhythmic intent and unrelenting contagious grooving is at the heart of this and all the band’s endeavours, but keys spread a tantalising spicing to the tempest, never making an imposing or dramatic impression but always there colouring and lighting the darkest depths of the music along with the melodic expression of the guitars.
Closing their portion with an aggressively magnetic and enjoyably hellacious cover of the Dissection track Thorns of Crimson Death, Conceived By Hate provide an engrossing first half to
the release, a side more than matched by the thrash exploits of Bogotá hailing Akheron. Formed in 2003, the quartet of vocalist/guitarist Juan Guerra, guitarist Jonathan Jimenez, bassist Julie Gomez, and drummer Luis Galeano hit top gear straight away with Estigma. Within a few breaths it shows a dark and predatory thrash breeding but equally reveals strains of death and blackened intrigue and voracity. Grooves and hooks make an entangling web of temptation from the start, their bait supported by a turbulence rhythmic provocation which belies the skill of its hostility with its unbridled fury. The track is a tremendous start, the bass and vocal growls irresistible bad blood in the fierce tempest raging around them.
Chemtrail stalks the listener next, its atmosphere and nature gothic like, even as inventive turmoil erupts in a captivating and intimidating dance of scathing riffs and bone splintering beats. Grooves and acidic melodies only add to the spicy temptation whilst the bestial tone of the bass has ears and appetite aflame with its animalistic predation. Both their two songs make a lingering impression but the band hits another plateau with the outstanding In-conformista. Gliding in on a melodic tide of persuasion, the song soon embroils the listener in a web of unpredictable and enthralling sonic adventure. Rhythms again forge the darkest grizzled corners of the band’s invention whilst grooves and imagination provide the blaze of unexpected twists and explosive ambition.
The release is completed by Akheron giving the Misfits’ Where Eagles Dare an intoxicating makeover, keeping its virulent swing and addictiveness but twisting it into an insidious treat of addictive malevolence. It is a great end to a thoroughly satisfying and flavoursome release. Both bands impress, at times seriously seduce, and each shows they have plenty to reward a much broader and intensive examination from all.
Coalition of Death is available now via Morbid Skull Records
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