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Sxuperion – Through Cosmic Corridors

Sxuperion LogoSxuperion, the name might seem unrecognized to you. It’s a one man project hailing from Mammoth Lakes, California, consisting of Lord Sxuperion since 1998. So, how do the band sound? Speculate about a highly atmospheric death metal sound with a very strong black metal influence. Some names may appear in your mind such as Garden of Shadows, SepticFlesh, early era Nightfall or Ancient Wisdom. Well, Sxuperion sounds way more different and original than most of them. Although the band is pretty underrated, the debut album ‘Through Cosmic Corridors’ can be considered as one of the most solid and original albums released under the ‘atmospheric death/black metal’ tag.

Through Cosmic Corridors_Cover ArtIf you have not heard of the band, then it becomes really tough to provide ideas about ‘Through Cosmic Corridors’. Fortunately, the music of Sxuperion is as complex and atmospheric as the brilliant artwork suggests. The overall sound is pretty raw, primitive and experimented upon a very dismal atmosphere. The music is fast paced, intense and also melodious especially during the breakdowns and ambient parts. There are use of sampling effects to enhance the music more and to provide the ‘interstellar’ approach of the composition. The guitars on this record are heavy and thick, the riffs are multilayered and shifting their patterns and tempos frequently. The guitars on the violent section can be compared with Pseudogod, Sickrites etc. whereas on the melodic section it resembles with Tvangeste, Profanum and likes. The songs ‘Advanced Matter Drive for Ecclesiastical Dust’ and ‘Teller Control Panel’ are the best examples for checking out the complexity of this album. The bass guitars on this album are pretty high on the mix and can be heard clearly alongside the guitars. My most favored section on this album is the drums. The drums are fierce and exceptionally well played by Lord Sxuperion. The atmospherics of the songs are provided with the comprehensive use of synthesizers and effects. However they are buried beneath the thick black/death sound excepting the breakdowns and the last two tracks which are purely ambient compositions. The vocals are mostly delivered with deep growls but during clean passages the lyrics are spoken out narratively. There are also use of some chanting and clean vocals particularly in ‘Virulent Arrival of Demonic Hyper-space Denomination’. The overall production of the album is really raw and muddy, nevertheless all the instruments and effects incorporated can be heard perfectly. Although the guitars and drums are privileged, the bass guitars pound all over the mix and help to procreate the dark atmosphere throughout.

From the very first minute, ‘Through Cosmic Corridors’ showcases the amazing songwriting skills of Lord Sxuperion. The sound never gets boring throughout the 40 minutes of its playing length. It’s a must listen for the fans of black/death metal and you won’t be disappointed at all. Highly Recommended.

Recommendations: Purulent Spiritual Interstellar Void, Advanced Matter Drive for Ecclesiastical Dust, Denied Canonical Delivery.

Score: 80/100

Released: October 1st, 2014

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Lineup:

Lord Sxuperion (Guitars, Vocals, Bass, Drums, Synthesizers, Effects, Mixing, Mastering, Artworks)

Label: Bloody Mountain Records

Reviewed by

Somber

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Precaria – Precaria Ex Humanitas

Precaria - Logo (printing inverted)

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 Ex Humanitas - Front Cover

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.

Score: 80/100

Listen and Order Precaria – Precaria Ex Humanitas

Lineup:

İanzél “The Hermit” (Guitars, Vocals, Bass, Composition, Arrangements)

Opposus Discordia (Drums)

Precaria on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Precaria/408504382586649?fref=ts

Release Date: April 3rd, 2014

Label: Desavenencia

Reviewed by

Somber