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CORPSE GARDEN
CORPSE GARDEN
Entheogen
(Satanath Records)
62:20min

As most of Central American countries, Costa Rica is not famous for its Metal scene, but nowadays borders are more and more a limit of the past, so we can find new, good or not, bands from every corner of the world. CORPSE GARDEN come from Heredia and they're active since 2008. I'm not familiar with their previous releases; as far as I've read they released a demo in 2009 and the first album in 2012. So "Entheogen" is their second full-length, printed in the CD format by the Russian Satanath Records, and there is also a tape version done by Godz Ov War Productions. I can just reveal that if you're fans of technical Death Metal, you must check out this band. The opening song, 'The Quantum Rapture', plays the tendency of the album up since its first seconds, where you have killer and melodic riffs, chord progressions, a perfect rhythm section and a deep growler. This mixture is unvaried for the total length of the album, that is very long, over a hour. In spite of this extreme length (for a Death Metal album), it's a flowing but demaning listening, and you can find many interesting points if you have enough perseverance to swallow it. There's also some instrumental intermezzos that give some breaks to the fury of the other songs. The technical performance is very good as I've just said, but it's fortunately just a support for a solid songwriting, even in very complex songs like 'Evoking A Dead Sun', 'Sulphur' or 'Red Pulvis Solaris'. The production is positive too, professional and optimal for this kind of sound. I also like the appealing black and white artwork by Alexander L. Brown, that visually transfers the meaning of the word 'Entheogen', a term used to call a psychoactive substance in a religious or shamanic context. I'm sure that this band will be able to gain more success over their country, I feel like suggesting "Entheogen" to fans of GORGUTS, SUFFOCATION, DEATH (progressive Death Metal albums), NECROPHAGIST, PSYCROPTIC, SPAWN OF POSSESSION and so on. Get other information here: www.facebook.com/corpsegardencr, www.satanath.com

David Lucido

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