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HEADHUNTER D.C.
HEADHUNTER D.C.
Punishment At Dawn
(Cogumelo Records)
74:39min

Death Metal for the true underground champions! What we have here is a lost Brazilian classic from 1993 finally re-released by Cogumelo. It’s a hard-as-nails slab of disciplined metallic violence shrouded in strange visions of the occult, mental illness, and violent death. Vintage morbid riffs abound, snug with tight electric bass, all strung over a bright, hammering snare drum alternating between on and off beat thrashes, slogging double bass guns, and lightning fills. Starts and stops are frequent (just like you crave to hear!) always with something new and brutal waiting. In the case of 'Forgotten Existence', a spare guitar lead springs up after four and a half minutes of skull pounding as a melodic phrase repeated high above a low droning chord like something BOLT THROWER (or JUDAS PRIEST) might accomplish as the drummer gradually builds intensity to a blast. Perfect! The drummer has a neat technique of speeding up or slowing down the double bass drum rolls during sections, which is awesomely brutal. It feels like ASPHYX dragging and stretching out your entrails. Yet, overall, the drummer’s performance is much more like early Steve Asheim, which means impeccable timing and arrangements that are catchy and chaotic. Exclusively on-beat blasting sections remind the listener that yes, there can be no doubt, I am in the midst of the elite Brazilian Death. An inimitable early ‘90s sounding Death Metal production sounds clear yet dark. There are a few keyboard intros and a lone melancholic acoustic guitar outro for atmospheric effect. Riffs roll and swell, inducing headbang mania and metal derangement. Thundering low vocal emboldens the obscure and rarefied character of this material and instills a sense of foreboding, while the occasional, higher-pitched, snarling voice acidifies with scorn and sickness. Guitar shred emerges and recedes up and down the fretboard appealingly. I’m so happy not to hear the lame sweeps that characterize so much of today’s sound. Roaring apocryphal utterances and morbid lyrics claiming confusion of the mind create sickness. In sickness we dwell. Total sickness. Total death. For more information, or to possess this work of damnation for your own collection, visit www.headhunterdc.net, www.myspace.com/headhunterdc, www.cogumelo.com. Also, it’s worth mentioning that this re-issue includes an early SEPULTURA cover ('Morbid Visions') and three live tracks, including the above-mentioned 'Forgotten Existence' concluded with brain-melting guitar solos!

Leonard Likas

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