With today’s market for extreme metal stretching to all quarters of our humble planet it is inevitable that past endeavours by bands long forgotten come to the fore via various reissues as this Mexican outfit has their debut album reissued with added tracks and an amendment to the album title originally called “Doubleueird” in 1998. An EP followed in a few years later and then the act dissolved before releasing “Outsider” in 2015.
I can see why this band struggled to move forward in the 90s as veering outside normal genre parameters was vilified unless you took on an avant-garde black metal approach. The first third of this album is different to the rest of the album as 'Seven Caves' opens the album with a ferocious blackened style that contrasts with last year’s album which has a more groove based death metal stance. That acerbic blackness continues with 'A Fury Path Of Blood' and has a Dark Funeral vibe running through it with insane speed crashing against multiple tempo fluctuations with the track originally present on “The Hatehunger” EP in 2001. Two more older tunes have been reworked for this release namely, 'Nightmare’s Lake' and 'Woman Kind', with them taking on that blackened style leaving 'Intruder And Holy Hate' as the unrecognised track from the bands past history. The track has a Morbid Angel feel to it, slow steady build towards pace changes as the track is infused with a blurring blast beat with good dynamics.
Contrasting sharply with songs above is the actual reissue of the band’s debut from 1998 and a whole new style is experienced as the opening folk like intro piece of the title track leads into the original version of 'Seven Caves' which is straight up death metal with ultra-thuggish low end vocals. The fluidity is a little clumsy with the drums clamouring like a demented maniac within the riffing. The production is muddy but decipherable as 'Woman Kind' continues the beating and within it we get the tenets of why the band maybe didn’t do as well as they should, as an acoustic like guitar piece is inserted making the track a little awkward though I find these aspects intriguing personally.
'Wings Eye' has a good structure and I especially like the demonic vocal tone as it adds considerable power as the song blasts through various tempo shifts and again we get a very bizarre but melodic insertion stuck in the middle of the song even though there is utter pandemonium surrounding it. I would love to have heard this album back in 1998 as it’s refreshing, though maybe a little too ambitious at the time, as 'Proud Of Damned' cuts a gouging melodic death metal furrow before yielding to the semi acoustic guitar break even though the drumming seems to be on its own path irrespective of the rest of the musicianship.
As stated earlier I can understand why the band didn’t get too far in the late 90s which is a shame as this is a challenging but extremely rewarding death metal release and is well worth tracking down or giving it a listen online before purchasing as it offers something outside the normal parameters of death metal.