Claiming that The Core of Disruption, the latest album from Brazilian brutal death metallers Lacerated And Carbonized, is offering anything openly new and ground breaking might be a hard sell but for uncompromising, refreshing, and imaginatively passionate thrilling metal it is an easy persuasion, especially when the release rampages so contagiously and skilfully through the ear. Receiving its re-release through Mulligore Production in North America and worldwide on line, it is a masterful and exhilarating rampage of ravenous and captivating aural hostility, and one album all metalheads should make an engagement with.
Hailing from Rio de Janeiro, the quartet of vocalist Jonathan Cruz, guitarist Caio Mendonça, bassist Paulo Doc, and drummer Victor Mendonça formed in 2006. Their debut album Homicidal Rapture received strong reception and critical acclaim at home upon release in 2011 whilst opening up attention much further afield. The band followed up its success with a successful South-American tour which took in Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia and Peru, and many festival appearances in Brazil which led the band to share stages with the likes of Sepultura, Mayhem, Belphegor and Immolation. 2012 was an even more impressive and major year for Lacerated And Carbonized, an extensive European tour alongside Vile and numerous festivals again propelling the band name in the awareness of the world. With the added attraction of guest appearances of Felipe Chehuan and Max Moraes from Confronto, Eregion of Unearthly, and Guilherme Sevens out of Painside, helping to light up the release, The Core of Disruption is the key to greater things on both sides of the big pond and elsewhere such its might and metallic prowess.
The album explodes from the blocks with L.A.C., a track that bombards the ear with crippling rhythms and discourteous riffs ridden by the guttural malevolence of Cruz. It is a ferocious introduction to the album, the guitar of Caio as abrasive and confrontational as it is melodically tempting whilst the storming assault of Doc and especially Victor irrepressible and brutal. A towering provocation to not only awaken the senses but badger them into submission it is eagerly followed by Third World Slavery; another avalanche of drum abuse and vicious riffing that bruises, wounds, and ignites the passions. As emerges in most songs there is an underlying groove and array of sinew clad hooks that simply dig deep into the appetite whilst Victor just commands and drives each song with one of the best drum displays to be heard this year. Assisted by the equally impressive guitar skill and invention of Caio it makes for a riveting experience and pleasure.
The predacious Awake The Thirst with its exhausting rabidity to energy and intent continues the excellent start whilst its successor O Ódio e o Caos raises the temperature with a more purposeful yet no less rapacious weave of sonic narrative and melodic enterprise accompanied by a wider range of great and welcome vocal delivery. Totally immersed in their intensive tempest of malevolence and accomplished craft, the band rises to a new stature with the outstanding Unnatural Aggression, a carnivorous fury of again destructive rhythmic sculpting and passion dripping vocal animosity speared by delicious guitar design, and the smouldering beauty of The Candelária Massacre, a song merging melodic elegance and native mystique with voracious intensity and as now expected electric drumming.
Through the barbarous BloodDawn, another major highlight of the album with its twisting and impatiently hungry imagination, and the bordering on schizophrenic Call For Blood things just get stronger and epidemically addictive, band and record exploring new discovered heights whilst Final Enclosure confirms the elevation with another brawl of uncivil but dexterous artistry.
The stunning and beautiful brief instrumental Corrupt Foundations leads into closing song System Torn Apart, a final tsunami of annihilatory rhythms, sonic blazes, and infernal riffing led to the psyche by the fine ruinous vocals of Cruz. It is a terrific end to an immense slab of esurient metal, and for many one suspects the start of an incorruptible friendship. A big step in their ascent you can only see Lacerated and Carbonized moving on to rise to major player contender in the future.
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