Oct 18, 2010
Sons of Tonatiuh - S/T
It goes without saying that the guitars are down-tuned and are extremely crushing in their sonic capabilities but there is much more to the picture than first meets the eardrums. Songs will follow the typical Doom Metal blueprint for a while but then they will turn extremely ugly with blasts of furious crusty punk/metal crossover passages. One major factor is the drumming which is as heavy as the guitars, its not too often you can say that about any band but the drummer must be really angry about something as he punishes his kit on this disc. Track one, "To the Throne" is about as monolithic as anything released this year with an hellish riff. "Den of Thieves" combines energetic power with a raw metal simplicity and one section of the track has a almost old-school Speed metal attack. Such variety in the arrangements provide a hell of an roller-coaster ride of hate-filled metal. "Consumed" provides the first average moment of the album, while its still an colossal barrage of intensity, it's also by the numbers kind of sludge and that is something this band doesn't indulge in very often but Sons Of Tonatiuh are so brutal that their stock-standard is some other bands version of extreme.
"Adam and Evil" has tempo changes that seem to come out of nowhere, like they were never planned at all but somehow it remains cohesive. Along with these pummeling guitar and drum attacks of fury you also have Caycedo's throat-ripping screams, one of the best tracks to experience that is in the next tune titled "Chain Up The Masses". The fast sections of this track hammers home the point that this band is out to destroy and is one of the albums many highlights. "Oracle" features one of the albums most crushing doom riffs before again heading off into an gargantuan mixture of barraging hateful noise that is still fun to listen to. Each song on this album takes on you on a hateful, misanthropic journey without being proggy or pretentious. The last two tracks however, I found to be a bit forgettable, maybe its the shorter running times of each track, the two combined adds up to only 5 minutes and neither track has the lasting power of previous tunes although the album closer, "The Artifact" does remind me somewhat of Dan Caycedo's band Leechmilk and does highlight how much his songwriting and playing has progressed over the years. Fans of Eyehategod, Floor, Weedeater, Sourvein and Iron Monkey will want to wrap their ears around this beast of a album. Out on Hydro-Phonic.......8.5/10
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