In the primordial days of this here Sleeping Village, we reviewed a track from Perversión, the third EP from Chile's own Corspehammer. At heart, Corpsehammer plays fairly basic (if notably speedy) brand of black/death/thrash, but that doesn’t change the simple fact that this EP squirms its way into rotation at an alarming rate of frequency. They also have a debut full length out, which I shall be enjoying in short order. But: first things first.
“Reino – Sangre del Diablo” is a ominous and crashing affair, while follow-ups “Rito & Magia” and standout track "Sexo y Muerto" shift and grind their way into higher gear. I enjoy a deliberate build from standard fare into the wild and unhinged, and here, Corpsehammer deliver handily. The outro, like so many, feels largely unnecessary, but so it goes.
Vocalist "Midnight Horror” reminds me of the protagonists in Lovecraft stories--the miserable old men who, pen in hand, scribble away frantically at their antique desks as a grotesque beast of ancient & evil origins batters away at their flimsy door. This isn’t to say that "Midnight Horror" is like unto an old man, but rather that he screams & gurgles like a man fully aware that the harbinger of his doom approacheth. All this, over a hot bed of harsh snare and Hellhammer-esque riffage. Such is the frightening ambiance of Corpsehammer.
Perversión, much like Corpsehammer's general aesthetic, is wonderfully lacking in subtlety. The aforementioned vocals are a definite strong point--delivered at a frantic rate and imperfect pitch, they capture so effectively the urgency underlying the blackened death metal spirit. Particularly intriguing are the howls, which begin far in the back of the mix, adding a needed level of dynamism. Vox aside, "Nekromonger" (otherwise known as “the band member with the second coolest name”) shreds away at a blistering rate, laying down filthy riffs that juuuust barely keeps up with "Gaddur’s" crashing drums. Short & sweet, if I dare call it that, Perversión is a wildly evil ride.
Corpsehammer - Perversión was released April 2018 from Morbid Skull Records.
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