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Brestial Holocaust: Into the Goat Vulva
Black Metal, Thrash Metal
Iron Bonehead Records, Metalhit.com
July 17th, 2012
Release length: 38:05
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Bestial Holocaust is a name in the underground that you probably have heard being tossed around at some point, but never really paid much attention to. This Bolivian Black/Thrash Metal act has come a long way, forming back in 1999 and issuing a strong discography of various smaller releases such as splits and EPs, as well as two full-length albums. Many of these were well received by both press and fans, all for good reason. But, for 2012, the group find their latest album, Into the Goat Vulva, coming over over to North America thanks to Metalhit.com, but does this have the potential to make an impact on this audio like Final Extermination (2006) and Temple of Damnation (2009)?

In keeping with the traditional underground fashion, the production quality is about what you would expect at this point, but surprisingly crisp. The guitars have a nice sharper edge to them that captures some of the rage the group brings with them quite well, especially in the heavier, more aggressive passages. The bass is pretty loud, but not in a dominating way, though still largely more of a supporting instrument than anything. These two work together quite well in the end, especially during solos when the latter gets to shine a little more in comparison, but when the vocals are a little less enthusiastic they can be drowned out. Most of the time, they are handled in a rhaspy manner that can sound vile or disgusting, and every so often a higher falsetto will emerge that feeds into the Thrash Metal aspect. It sounds good despite being absolutely random, but in no way abused. The drumming sounds great as well, as all parts of the kit come off at about the same levels. The cymbals sound natural and are captured without washout, the snares vary from a tighter to hollow sound, and the bass kicks have a very subtle click that meshes with the snares during faster areas, but stand out well enough on their own when things are a little tamer.

Into the Goat Vulva features plenty of great songs, and a band that knows how to mix the Black Metal and Thrash Metal styles together well to create a harsh and often somewhat sinister environment that doesn’t feel like one style playing that switches over to just the other one for another passage, repeating until you reach the end. “Dios Despiadado” kicks off with a faster, somewhat glorious start. The chords often sound like the guitar equivalent of a galloping drum performance, eventually shifting into faster blast beat passages that have a good deal of variety to them, all the while maintaining some really catchy chords that don’t offer the most in complexity, but still hit the listener hard with their non-stop assault. This far more aggressive offering sets up the album quite well, though it can be a bit contradictory to “Virgin Lust.” This is another great offering that stands out, and like “Dios Despiadod” and many others, there are plenty of blast beat passages with similar mid-level Black Metal complexity thrown into the riffs. The lead chords here, however, can sound a little more on the upbeat side, giving it a hint of fun despite the far more serious elements at work. In the end it all comes together quite well with the drums sticking out the most, making you want to bang your head along to their commanding presence.

Thankfully not all songs have this sort of structure, or heavily rely on blast beats. “Premoniciones” does have them at work here and there, but it finds plenty of Black Metal fury and chaos outside the main passages. The vocals even seem to have a little extra bite to them, as the whole song just sounds more energetic in the long run, especially for the guitar solo and the slower patch that hits shortly after it. “Eterna Transmigracion” also finds the same passion to it that “Premoniciones” has, but largely in the music. This just sounds tighter, and even louder at times from it. Some bridges can be a bit hollow due to the simpler lead chords at work, but the fury brought into the mix really feels like an andrenaline shot straight to the juggular. There’s also a good deal of passages that are not blasting away from start to finish like many other songs, helping to break that mold up a little more. Towards the half-way point you’ll hit the solo, which ushers in a slower pace and stronger focus on the bass to keep things sounding rich, but some of the higher notes can sound a little too light for what the group is going for. However, they can usher in a nice haunting vibe the further you get into it, working a lot better by the time it’s done.

Into the Goat Vulva has plenty of strengths behind it, but at the same time the constant use of blast beats can grow a little boring after a while. Most of the time there’s enough going on in them to change things up a bit and keep them from becoming too repetitive, or even stale. Bestial Holocaust do wind up putting a great performance forward that has a really good production quality to it that walks nicely between the raw and digital lines and not just feeding into the stereotypes. But, when the songs truly pick up some extra energy or just end up more aggressive in atmosphere, it becomes obvious why the fanbase the ground has is so loyal. Into the Goat Vulva is a solid recording that anyone about the catacombs, or just the combination of Black Metal with Thrash Metal in general, should take notice of, and will easily find a good home amongst North American Metal fans.

01. Dios Despiadado – 4:33
02. Eterna Posesion – 4:33
03. Virgin Lust – 4:53
04. Demonios Devoradores – 4:51
05. Premoniciones – 5:18
06. Tierra de Apariencias – 3:39
07. Eterna Transmigracion – 5:13
08. Sacrificio – 4:38
Overall Score: 8.5/10
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Digital review copy of this release provided by Metalhit.com via Clawhammer PR.