Though not widely acknowledged, South America has been integral to the development of extreme metal. Sure, most people have at least heard of Sepultura, but it was Brazil’s Sarcófago that essentially created black metal “fashion” with their corpse paint, leather and bullet belts, not to mention their penchant for incredible speed and anti-Christian themes. 25 years later, metal is still vibrant in South America, and Bolivia’s Bestial Holocaust embody just how far it has come.
The music of Bestial Holocaust falls somewhere between Sarcófago’s first two albums, INRI and The Laws of Scourge. The intensity is there, though without the early Sodom-like sloppiness that was so prevalent on INRI. “Virgin Lust” and “Eterna Transmigración” blend that Sarcófago feel with technical proficiency, creating a unique sound within the framework of South American black/thrash metal. The vocals of Sonia Sepulcral are also quite impressive, though it’s difficult to imagine these gutteral shouts and demonics shrieks emanating from such a pretty Latina.
Due out in mid-July, this powerful, whirlwind album will finally be available domestically through Metalhit.com. Look for it wherever fine metal is sold.