Precaria– if you have heard of their name or not, but let me make some facts clear, these Mexicans are serious in dealing with their business. Black metal in these days has assumed many forms considering either ideological or musical approach, Precaria happens to be in the second group- playing the faster and violent kind of black metal while choosing to be more delicate in lyrical concepts; dealing with social and psychological issues, Nihilism and hatred. Their debut full length ‘Precaria Ex Humanitas’ which was recorded in between 2011 – 2013 AD and released in the last year, on Desavenencia.
Precaria‘s music can be distinguished with its fast tempo accompanied by the massive wall of sound behind. Straightforward, merciless and relentless surge of violent black metal – the primary characteristics to be mentioned about this release. The album starts off instantly and blows the listener away with in-your-face riffing but the ending moments soften the mood with a long acoustic outro. The music is well in league with typical US black metal, although the album was recorded in Mexico. The riffs are thick and the rhythm sections are meticulously written. You will hardly hear any breaks within the songs. The frequent shift in tempos and scales attribute to the war anthems- the war against the pseudo sounding craps. The melodies are heard once in a while, although the acoustic breakdowns in songs like ‘Traficando Los Órganos de la Iglesia’ and ‘Evangeliza Con Veneno Nihilista’ provide hints on the capability of the band members. The drumming is reckless throughout the 50 minutes of playing length. The constant blasts supported by the buried bass guitar distortions helps providing that wall of sound aforementioned. There are not much of the things going in background, but the simple yet well written songs make up for the craving for something different. The singing parts are spit out with ravaging shrieks, the lyrics are spitefully sung and mixed up with growling voices and rasps. The vocal patterns are more in a narrating way but a bit lowered in the mix. The lyrics on this album are written on Spanish and worked out on social disgraces and hatred for mankind. The production quality on this album is affluent in terms of black metal. The sound is muddy enough to satisfy the black metal fans of Marduk or Kult of Azazel school. But if you are looking for thin sounding black metal with grim atmospheric background then you might be disappointed.
Precaria might have their origin in Mexico but their sound is deeply rooted in traditional USBM bands like Kult of Azazel, Abazagorath, Averse Sefira and likes. Now you have the idea on what to expect from this release. So if you are digging for fast paced black metal and black/death metal then go with this album. It might not please the fans from all schools of black metal, but obviously a venerable addition to your library. Highly recommended.
Highlights: Evangeliza Con Veneno Nihilista, Violencia Como Pan de Cada Día, Traficando Los Órganos de la Iglesia.
Listen and Order Precaria – Precaria Ex Humanitas
İanzél “The Hermit” (Guitars, Vocals, Bass, Composition, Arrangements)
Opposus Discordia (Drums)
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Release Date: April 3rd, 2014