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Precaria: Precaria Ex Humanitas

This album came out quite a few months ago and only came to my attention when a member of the band sent me a copy of the CD in late November 2014. I was glad to receive the album and was excited to give it a listen. One of the biggest problems any listener will have with this release is that the production quality is not very strong. There isn't much low end (I listened to it on two devices to make sure things were about the same) and the sound has a slightly tinny quality to it. Still, the music is pretty good and is work looking past the production value. Put another way, this is a debut album from an independent band with no label and no promotional materials. Considering the circumstances, the "do-it-yourself" quality of the recording isn't bad. Give is a listen—the music should carry you away for the most part. As for the music, it's black metal done in a rather traditional style. The songs are all in the same vein, but the formula works well enough. The mood is sometimes melancholy and sometimes very dark. The lyrics are in Spanish and the album includes a booklet with all the words. I don't read Spanish well enough to comment on all the words, but I can definitely recognize plenty of black metal themes and topics running through things here.

The guitar parts mostly work out long passages of tremolo picking with occasional forays into melodic passages and sometimes a little bit of a riff. They sound OK, but should definitely mix things up even more than they do. The tremolo picking occasionally drones a bit too much. The strongest feature of this band, though, is the vocal performance. The growling is strong, dark, and menacing. As I listen to this band, I definitely want to know much more about the black metal scene in Mexico. This is a limited edition release. Fans of underground black metal should enjoy it.

Track Listing:
1. Traficando Los Órganos de la Iglesia
2. Para Muchos Pobreza, Para Pocos Sabiduría
3. Estupro a la Conciencia
4. Evangeliza Con Veneno Nihilista
5. Corrupción Como Primorial Obligación
6. Violencia Como Pan de Cada Día

Added: January 15th 2015
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
Related Link: Bandcamp Page
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Language: english

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