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Morte Rerum Imperator

It's been 3 long years since this Mexican foursome DIOSDEIRA came straight from the bushes to me - and surprised me somewhat totally by their excellent debut full-length album, titled "Reincarnatorium". The band's sort of SEPULTURA meets SLAYER meets DEATH meets CELTIC FROST type of metallic and shamelessly heavy approach they had on their debut, left me in a positive state of mind for days after spinning the album around the way like tomorrow would never come. "Morte Rerum Imperator", which is the title for DIOSDEIRA's follow-up record to their neck-punishing debut release, has still something familiar left from the "Reincarnatorium" album, but after letting it rip out from the loudspeakers for quite a while, one is about to notice they do sound like quite a different band now compared to their debut release. I don't mean this in any negative way - on the contrary, more like having a more positive tone in my sincere analysis about their follow-up record. Coincidence or not, but the closest thing I can think of while listening to "Morte…", is Finland's already defunct Death / Thrash Metal masters DEMIGOD - and especially the band's later era when the band started evolving toward a more complex Thrash Metal style on their latest 2 albums. Add also this specific vocal style of Esa Lindén (original DEMIGOD vocalist) from the band's 4-track 1994 promotional demo, and you have a clue how DIOSDEIRA sound on their 2nd album. I mean, I could even claim the band sounds even better than they did on their debut, having way more progressive and complex touch over the songs on "Morte…". The guitar parts of both Ernesto and Gerardo are fuckin' wicked and carefully put together on this record - and I absolutely also do love Gerardo's vocal style that has got a rough Thrash style of vocalism as well as a bit of Death Metal style growls nicely blended into one powerful voice. I quite haven't decided yet whether I like the drums' sound here, as they sound a bit too processed for my picky taste. Despite my minor complain about the sound of drums, I think the whole band has chosen the kind of road for themselves that should reward the guys afterwards - by being broadminded enough during their songwriting process what comes to sort of evolving from the safe musical grounds where they have already been so successfully before. DIOSDEIRA have got their real neck-snapping headbangers ('Mortality Passenger', 'Perdition Soldiers') as well as more melodic and progressive sounding numbers ('Slaughter Vortex', 'Black Day') squeezed tightly into the content of this record, giving a vital yet so necessary variation for the songs on it. To summarize this overall brilliant record from the DIOSDEIRA -camp, I can only warmly suggest you to get it for yourself. I am sure the album itself will do the rest of the talking for you then.

Luxi Lahtinen

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