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Desalmado - "Hereditas" (CD/EP)

Desalmado - "Hereditas" CD/EP cover image

"Hereditas" track listing:

1. Condenados Pelo Ódio
2. Em Sua Honra
3. Miséria Escravatura
4. Chagas Abertas
5. Manto de Sangue
6. Hereditas

Reviewed by on October 7, 2011

"This EP has nothing but solid material, bringing different parts together in a simple, crust punk, grinding package, in which the hardcore era gets a dose of modernity, but the approach is largely old school with just a hint of contemporary flare."

Sao Paulo, Brazil grinder in extremus Desalmado re-released its 2008 EP, “Hereditas,” last month on 10-inch vinyl and as a digital download. With six tracks coming in at just under the fourteen minute mark, Desalmado takes the Latin fury, tribal groove, and sociopolitical issues of their home continent and infuses those unique elements into the traditional grind formula.

Album opener “Condenados Pelo Odio” has an old school Napalm Death meets Sepultura tribal style intro for the build up, and then drops some post-crust grinding with gravelly low vocals and high pitched screams. Straightforward bludgeon and blast is combined with a hardcore breakdown, which seems inescapable in the modern era, even in grind. Needless to say, this one runs the gamut. Up next is “Em Sua Honra,” with a drum intro similar to Immortal's “Sons of Northern Darkness,” leading into ask and answer growls and shrieks. At just over a minute in length, it's your basic back and fourth four chord riff rehashed and played in different ways over the course. In a one minute grinder, what more do you need? Not a damn thing. “Miseria Escravatura” follows with another tribal drum beat that brings a primal edge to Desalmado's crusty, grinding hardcore mix. A grooving breakdown brings yet another layer to the sound, and the disparate parts work well together.

The crust theme continues on “Chagas Abertas,” which brawls well beyond the D-beat speed, halfway between there and all-out blast, again showcasing the band's penchant for grooving grind punk. They don't want to just blast and be forgotten; the riffs and choruses are to be remembered. “Manto de Sangue” then comes in with some death metal blast and riffing before Desalmado settles back into its crusty, grinding ways. You can feel the complete extremity in the band's sound, and at the same time it's apparent that the band wants to exhibit all its influences, and not just be branded another brainless blaster. There's even a menacingly slow Bolt Thrower passage thrown in there.

Ending the album is the band's eponymous track, which finds Desalmado squarely in their beyond D-beat comfort zone with yet more crusty, blasting, growl and shriek, pick scrape crust. This EP has nothing but solid material, bringing different parts together in a simple, crust punk, grinding package, in which the hardcore era gets a dose of modernity, but the approach is largely old school with just a hint of contemporary flare.

Highs: Desalmado brings a somewhat fresh approach to the grind game with its furious South American sound.

Lows: The band could do with stepping outside its zone a bit more often, but if it ain't broke...

Bottom line: This EP would make a worthy addition to any grind aficionado's collection.

Rated 4.0 out of 5 skulls
4.0 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)