Atomic Aggressor / Death Yell: Split 7″

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Atomic Aggressor / Death Yell: Split
Black Metal, Death Metal
Hells Headbangers
May 4th, 2013
Release length: 10:31
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Hell’s Headbangers is one of those labels you can always trust for scraping up the deepest, darkest acts from the underground of Metal today. This time around, they have picked up two of Chile’s most well kept secrets for a brand new seven-inch split release. Atomic Aggressor has been around since 1985, though disbanded back in 1992 after three demo tapes, and then reuniting in 2007. This straight Death Metal act is complimented by the Black/Death Metal group, Death Yell, who shares a similar background. Formed in 1988, they broke up in 1993 after a demo, split and EP, then reformed in 2012. This Split 7″ presents one brand new track from each group, but has such a rough history and long gaps of silence hurt the potential they once had?

Both songs have a rawer production quality to them that is common for the label, but everything seems pretty crisp with certain distinctions between the two, such as the distortions being a lot thicker on “Blind Servants” than the slight sharpness of “Back from the Depths.” The drums all sound great, though the latter of the two has the cymbals a bit closer to the forefront, and the snares a bit more hollow. The bass is generally deep on both of them, and the vocals are both handled with solid performances, though side b offers a rhaspier approach instead of the guttral style of side a.

First up is “Blind Servants” by Atomic Aggressor on side a. The track starts off strong, having a heavy and dismal atmosphere that shifts between aggressive and generally creepy, but some changes that hit later can be a little knee-jerking. There are some faster passages that have a solid groove to them, and then there are times where you end up with a little melody to it. The track does jump around a lot, but manages to keep the general dark and gritty environment alive consistantly, especially during the impressive guitar solos about half way through. In the end it’s a decent cut, hitting the listener hard with some great riffs and furious drumming that bring a commanding element to the already eerie music.

Then there’s side b with “Back from the Depths,” the stronger of the two offerings. The mixing of Black Metal and Death Metal sounds great here, keeping more to the first of the two styles, especially in the production thanks to the somewhat sharper guitars and rhaspier vocal approach. There are some growls thrown in, such as the tail end of the guitar solo, and they sound just as strong. Death Yell also throws in some catchy Death Metal passages that transition in and out fluidly, helping to keep your head banging along without interruption.

Atomic Aggressor / Death Yell: Split (pic)

It’s great that both bands have returned after such a long abscence, and even better to hear some new music from them, even if it is just one song each. Both still sound like strong and formidable forces in the Death Metal underground, leaving listeners with an urge, or a mild curiosity at the very least, to track down both band’s early material, and anxiously await more new recordings. Of the two, however, it’s Death Yell that really grabs hold a little tighter thanks to a far more fluid performance that is easier to get into, while still being rather hostile. This Split 7″ from Atomic Aggressor and Death Yell is one that collectors won’t want to pass up, as well as a great way to further your education in the Chilean underground Metal world. If you don’t know either band, or do and want to brush up on them, this makes a great jumping on point to get familiar with these two acts, as this is more than likely not the last time you’ll hear from them.

01. Atomic Aggressor: Blind Servants – 4:47
02. Death Yell: Back from the Depths – 5:41
Initial Pressing Score: 7.5/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Hell’s Headbangers.