Review – Grave Desecrator: Insult

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Grave Desecrator is a Black/Death Metal act from the quickly growing Brazilian underground that many independent/underground labels have been taking notice of, such as Moribund Records, as well as Hell’s Headbangers, which is the label that has signed this group. Formed back in 1998, the group has not put much out in the lines of releases, having only a handful available including two EPs and a debut full-length effort, Sign of Doom. Of course, 2010 was a busy year for the band, issuing an EP and Split release, and quickly on their heels is the band’s second full-length effort, Insult. But, given the sudden surge of releases, is this an album that is needed to be completed so quickly, or will it come off as a release that was clearly rushed?

While it doesn’t really come off as an album that is rushed, Insult will, at first, come across as a release that could have benefitted from a little extra composition time. The production, like usual on Hell’s Headbangers, is a raw, lo-fi quality. It sounds nice for the music being played, and plays into the more old-school Black/Death sound the band is pushing for on the release, but the only problem with it comes from the drum kit, as there is a huge emphasis on the snare drums here, which wind up being the loudest thing in the mix next to the vocals. Due to the volume of the snares here, it takes away from the rest of the album since it’s just obnoxious and really seems to pound away in your skull, in a negative way mind you, and become the sole element of the recording you cannot help but focus on, isolating out the rest of the music, and even the vocals, after a short amount of time if you’re concentrating solely on this release and nothing else.

Of course, that’s really the only drawback to the album as far as the band, or even the production goes. There’s plenty of great tracks on this release, but it’s the instrumental track “Hellhound Breed” that really captures the raw haunting and evil sound of the recording nicely, taking on a very b-movie Horror feel to it, complimenting the raw production quality of the music nicely, and sets up the title track, “Insult” perfectly. “Insult” is a slower track that takes more of an old-school Death Metal approach with a catchy chorus and bridges, while the rest of the track takes a slower, chugging approach. “Dangerous Cult” is also a fantastic track by the band, really focusing once again on the old-school approach to music, and harboring more of a Thrash influence to the song at times, as well as a very well done guitar solo that just amps up the intensity of the song. While some of the longer songs on the release are done nicely and fall far from being repetitive, though “Decline of Faith” is a little too drawn out and eventually becomes a little stale, it’s the shorter tracks that seem to pack the most impact, like “Jesus Joint”, which seems to bring in a Grindcore approach mixed with an early Death Metal sound. The only other thing can possibly be pointed out on this release would be the drumming on “Decline of Faith”, which is greatly varied throughout the track, but once in a while you can hear the drumming slow down slightly, thens peed back up for a moment to get back on beat with the rest of the music. Of course, these are very small and almost unnoticable unless you are paying close enough attention to the recording.

While it’s not one of the worst albums out there, Insult has a good number of strong tracks. The only real faults are the volume of the snare drum through the recording, as well as the opening track, “Black Vengeance”, which just sounds like a cluttered mess right from the start, and the sometimes offbeat drumming on “Decline of Faith”. Other then that, the material presented here is solid for an underground act, and doesn’t really feel rushed considering the time between this release and their releases in 2010. For an underground release, the production, and overall musical output is about what you would expect, and it shines nicely for the booming Brazilian underground scene, showing off why this location seems to be a talented and aspiring Metal breeding pool.


Initial Pressing Score: 7.5/10