Mandibula – Sacrificial Metal of Death (2012)


With a crushing and think as fuck sound, today we have one-man army Mandibula and the CD release of their 2010 demo “Sacrificial Metal of Death”. The band plays homage to the greats of the 80’s namely Celtic Frost, Venom, Bathory, etc. with a very retro and dirty sound that will wake the dead from their graves. Featuring nine eardrum crushing tracks, this release is as raw as you can get while still being able to distinguish everything that is going on.

Opening with an intro similar to Mortician releases, the band sets a very dark and disturbing mood since the get go. Once the riffing comes through, you can hear that this is not your typical ‘pretty Metal’ release since everything is very raw and a bit garbled up, thanks to some cheap (or intentionally cheap) production. The raw vocals remind us of Hellhammer at times, and ultimately add a great deal of authenticity to the bands killer old-school music.

Some tracks even clock over seven minutes like one of our favorites: “Flagelacao”. With the band singing in Portuguese, the music gains that extra level of mystery since we have no clue about what they are singing. The dissonant guitars on songs like “Arauto da Dor” are downright creepy and atmospherically excellent since they create a very unique hellish ambiance. While not being the most technically proficient, Mandibula does a killer job in crafting sick songs that slowly evolve and change tempos to deliver a truly infernal experience.

Our favorite track in this release is the devastating “Coroa Negra dos Infernos” and it’s very Doom-ish nature. For around 11 minutes, Mandibula creates an excellent atmosphere helped by the crippling riffs, demonic vocals, and very martial drumming. We will be sure to be using this on our porch for Halloween this year.

In general, “Sacrificial Metal of Death” is one of those releases that is both crushing an fowl, but if you like clean sounding music and can’t deal with a little repetition, we can’t really say you would like it. However, if you were raised by the 80’s Black Metal bands and love their stuff even to date, then this Mandibula release will fit right in there.

Band: Mandibula Album: Sacrificial Metal of Death
Label: Ethereal Sound Works / Caverna Abismal Records

Release: September 22nd, 2012

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Genre: Black/Death/Thrash Metal

Country: Portugal

Rating: 86/100

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