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Born To Punish The Skies... A Deathmetallic Brotherhood In Darkest Mourning For God
Tribute To HEADHUNTER D.C (Vol. 1)
(Mutilation Records)
78:30min

One of Brazil's longest serving Death Metal bands, for sure, are HEADHUNTER D.C.. More than a quarter of a century those maniacs are terrorizing the world in common and their hometown Salvador in particular. But persistence never really paid for them, as HEADHUNTER D.C. did not become as big as they deserved for their pioneering work. Instead, they still are stuck in the underground and have achieved the status of a cult band. So, what happens to so called cult bands? They get memorialized with a tribute album. It's the band's label Mutilation Records who started to collect some bands that contributed to a HEADHUNTER D.C. cover album, which now is available under the complicated title “Born To Punish The Skies... A Deathmetallic Brotherhood In Darkest Mourning For God - Tribute To HEADHUNTER D.C (Vol. 1)”. The majority of the bands on this CD are from Brazil, twelve of seventeen to be precise, and there are no big names to be found either, except for maybe German REVEL IN FLESH. They also open up the album with 'Deny The Light', one of two songs originally on from HEADHUNTER D.C.s latest album “...In Unholy Mourning...”. And 'Deny The Light' is one of the coolest versions on this album anyway, even though it's not too far from the original version. But this goes for all the interpretations on “Born To Punish The Skies” anyway. The only real experiment here is what MALEFACTOR from Brazil did to 'Conflicts Of The Dark And Light', turning the original Doom Death chunk of darkness into a somehow Neo-Prog inspired Dark Metal tune, including keyboards that even reminded me of bands like ARENA. But the real highlights are those who took the songs of HEADHUNTER D.C. and played them in damn cool versions. Asides from REVEL IN FLESH, it's some of the Brazilian bands who really stand out here. PURE NOISE deliver a fuckin' raw version of 'Death Vomit' that fits to the song perfectly and UNBORN played 'Why Wars?' in a charmingly underproduced version. As the final song, NERVO CHAOS did a very cool version of the creeping 'Lightless...', that is even better than the original. Well, the “Vol. 1” in the title already indicates that there's another to come, so maybe there's one or another original or outstanding versions on that second part too. The first one is already a nice listening experience. Check: www.mutilationrec.loja2.com.br or www.facebook.com/mutilationrecords

Thomas Meyer

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