Weedevil, The Return (Abraxas Records 2022)

Weedevil presents dark stories told in doom on their first full-length album, The Return.

From São Paulo, Brazil, Weedevil is Flávio Cavichioli (drums), Lorraine Scar (vocals), Dani Plothow (bass), Paulo Ueno (guitar), and Bodão (guitar). The records show that the band has been releasing material for only a couple of years, with two EPs and a live album already out. The Return is their first long-player, and it is solid through and through.

The new album includes five huge slabs of doom. First up is “Underwater.” It is a steady heavy beat that seems at first slightly softened by Scar’s vocals until you realize what she is singing about. The music matches the desperation of the narrative and complements the turn towards dark power that occurs. “The Void” follows and grinds on you like pyramid stones being dragged up a ramp, forcing down the weight of history and reality on your being.

“The Return” has a deep-seated witching feel to it. To wit, “Offer me green grass and accursed men’s head / I will keep the beast away, if I’m well fed.” The circumlocution reinforces the powerful chant and the spell sinks ever deeper in. On “Isn’t A Love Song” the approach is more melodic but the messaging does not stray far from grim tidings, even with the beautiful piano in the finish.

The final track is “Genocidal.” It has an impressive tall-wall presence in the guitars and a creepy, disturbing whistling at the front. As with every track, Scar’s vocals are a center point, and a place of return. This song is the most determined, grimmest conclusion in a set that has been full-force doom all along. It is a welcome end that has you turning back to start at the beginning and experience it all over again. Recommended.

The Return emerges on Friday, April 8th in digital through Abraxas Records, with vinyl to follow from DHU Records.


Bandcamp, https://weedevil.bandcamp.com/album/the-return

Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/weedevildoom

DHU Records, https://darkhedonisticunionrecords.bigcartel.com/

© Wayne Edwards.

Weedevil, The Return (Abraxas Records 2022)

Acidemia, Podridão (Acid Swamp Records 2021)

The first full-length album from Brazilian Doom Metal trio Acidemia is Podridão.

Acidemia formed in Lages, Brazil, in 2015. According to the press release, the band member are Henrique Pereira Soares (bass, vocals), Mateus Varela (guitar), and Thiago Granetto (drums). They first put out an EP titled Extinction in 2018 and then a live album two years after that. The band’s inaugural long-player, Podridão, shows off their steady determined sound on the big stage.

The music is an integration of dead slow heavy doom with occasional and alternating dissonant elements that produces a unique sound. The opening track, “Névoas de Ácido,” seems at first to be a straight-forward doom set-up but before long it ambles off in an unexpected direction that preserves the dread while elevating the musical discourse.

The focus of the compositions is the rhythm framework and vocals, casting strong foundations before heading off unpredictably toward jagged cliffs and fields and valleys in the heavy music landscape. On “Mórbido,” for example, there is an extended section some might receive as jazz. On the title track, in between the crushingly heavy guitar riffs, there are some mad diversions. Surprises become the norm.

The closer is the twenty-one-plus minute endurance test, “Caximbo.” It might be my favorite track because there is so much going on in it. If does, after all, run the equivalent of a full album side. It shows off both the most ordinary and reliable aspects of Acidemia as well as the strangest ones. If you hear no other track, listen to “Caximbo,” but I think the better thing to do is take the entire set in at once. It is a rare find off the beaten path. Recommended.

Podridão is out now. In the US, Bandcamp is the easiest way to get it.


Bandcamp, https://acidemiaoficial.bandcamp.com/album/podrid-o

Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/AcidemiaOficial

Acidemia website, https://www.acidemia.com.br/

Acidemia, Podridão (Acid Swamp Records 2021)

Desert Druid and the Acid Caravan, The Witch (Dopesmoke Heavy Music Productions 2021)

Doom ridden incantations from Brazil surround and overtake you on the new EP from Desert Druid and the Acid Caravan, The Witch.

F. Klinger (bass, vocals), E. Lisboa (drums), and Nass (guitar) have been playing in the heavy music scene for ten years or more, and have now come together to form a trio of doom-makers. Their take is classic metal and straight-forward heavy bluesy doom that is a rich nectar for your ears.

The Witch, or written as it is on the cover of the album like it would have been in medieval typesetting, The VVitch, has four tracks, all of them designed to have an immediately effect and a big punch.

“The Witch” opens with a voiceover and a thick, fuzzy riff, showing off the clear disposition of the music. Influences of Black Sabbath are noticeable, and, really, the 1970s harder rock bands generally. “Total Madness” plods in surety and exceeds in dire expression with its distorted primary riff and mildly echoing vocal. There is a purposefulness to the formidable darkness the music generates that rises up and consumes you as you listen.

“Mistress of Black Heart” and especially the outro closer, “Witching Hour,” are focused on the atmosphere. The latter is a short instrumental piece with a prominent church bell and a great lead guitar line while “Mistress” is the longest song of the set – it rambles with a steady, relentless pressure and is capped with its own memorable guitar work.

The music is lyrically occult, doom in structure, and stoner in vibe. It is a combination that cannot miss. Recommended.

The Witch is out now and available through Bandcamp for US fans. There is a cassette available from Ruidoteka Records and the vinyl is out through DHU Records.


Bandcamp, https://desertdruidandtheacidcaravan.bandcamp.com/releases

Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/desertdruidofficial/

Label, https://www.facebook.com/dopesmokeprod/

Desert Druid and the Acid Caravan, The Witch (Dopesmoke Heavy Music Productions 2021)

Crypta, Echoes Of The Soul (Napalm Records 2021)

Crypta, a metal band reaching across the globe from Brazil to the Netherlands, release their first full-length album, Echoes Of The Soul.

Composed of former members of Nervosa, Burning Witches, and Hagbard, Crypta brings forth the Death Metal like no other. The band is Fernanda Lira (bass and vocals), Sonia Anubis (guitar), Tainá Bergamaschi (guitar), and Luana Dametto (drums). Together they form a whomping juggernaut fit to crack your bones.

You don’t hear a lot of female vocalists in heavy music, especially ones rolling out coarse deliveries. An obvious example is Butcher Babies, of course, and Dopethrone, but thinking of others requires some reflection. Crypta leans more toward the Black Metal hiss side of Death Metal vocalizations, hailing the dark and menacing.

There are nine songs and an into bit on Echoes Of The Soul. “Starvation” starts off at a full sprint. The percussion is insidious, the riffs contentious, and the vocals are threatening. That is a good combination. The lead break runs the range of steady to hyper in a display of possibilities. “Possessed” follows and is more theatrical in a Phantom of the Opera kind of way. Wicked and eerie, it is, with a sorrowful lead.

“Under The Black Wings” stands out to me for the heaviness and darkness of its composition. You have a real sense of witnessing an inevitable calamity when you hear it. I really like “Dark Night Of The Soul” as well for its incredible lead guitar work and the closer, “From The Ashes” might be the song to either open or end the show on tour because it has a burning energy that can work at both perspectives. This is a different kind of Death Metal and well worth your attention. Recommended.

Echoes Of The Soul is out now and available all around.


Bandcamp, https://cryptabrazil.bandcamp.com/

Website, https://www.cryptaofficial.com/

Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/cryptadeath

Napalm Records, https://www.napalmrecordsamerica.com/crypta

Crypta, Echoes Of The Soul (Napalm Records 2021)

Void Tripper, Dopefiend (Abraxas Records 2021)

Brazilian Doom Metal band Void Tripper release their first full-length album, Dopefiend.

In the first five years the band has released a couple of singles, a demo, an EP, and a full-length live album, all setting the stage for Dopefiend, their first studio long-player. The music is straight-up stoner doom with heavy and crushing riffs to go along with the narrative delirium. According to the Metal Archives, the line-up is Gabriel Mota (drums), Mário Fonteles (guitar and vocals), Anastácio Júnior (guitar and vocals), and Jonatas Monte (bass).

There are five tracks on the album, four of which run over seven minutes long. The influence of Black Sabbath runs deep and rich in this earth-rattling music. “Devil’s Reject” opens the set with splashy percussion, weighty bass, and a rolling guitar riff. The vocals are gruff enough to push the dark ideas and clear enough to be understandable. The lead break toward the end of the song is a howling wolf filled with warning and sorrow. An auspicious beginning.

“Burning Woods” conveys surety in its confident deployment. The music is a dark warming syrup too thick to escape. Once you are captured the guitars rage around you. “Hollow” leads with a distorted audio capture then veers off at a harrowing pace on a rollicking, sinister riff. By the end the music slows to a grinding stone-on-stone eminence.

“Satan and Drugs” is the shortest piece and it shakes you up with its warbling threats, setting the stage for the closer, “Comatose.” A massively distorted bass line joins the clipping drums to usher in an intoxicatingly inviting guitar and insinuating vocal enticement. The second half of the song slows to a tense almost funeral doom level over which a mystical guitar lead hypnotizes you to an inevitable and thoroughly satisfying end. The album is an excellent set of doom that beguiles you from start to finish. Recommended.

Dopefiend is out on Friday, June 11th, and you can find it at the Bandcamp link below.


Bandcamp, https://voidtripperdoom.bandcamp.com/album/dopefiend

Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/voidtripperband/

Void Tripper, Dopefiend (Abraxas Records 2021)

Fools Paradise, Confused Mind (2021)

Fools Paradise is a doom metal band from Brazil and they have released their inaugural single, “Confused Mind.”

The band was formed by Gabriel Mattos (guitar) and includes Luciano Penelu (drums), Leandro D’Carvalho (guitar), and Joilson Santos (bass) from the doom band Erasy plus Iasmim Bastos (vocals). This is a solid foundation of veteran musicians in the Brazilian metal scene setting the stage for newcomer Bastos to show off her singing talent.

The song “Confused Mind” is an homage to and a celebration of the roots of heavy music, specifically Black Sabbath, and it is meant to honor the release of the original self-titled album all those years ago. The opening riff makes the intent clear – it is heavy and catchy and the mystical visage of Tony Iommi swirls in the mist. Bastos’s voice has a heavy bluesy quality, rich and urging, melodic and filled with strength.

The song runs a little over five minutes and the composition is topped off with an extended lead break in two movements. The guitar work on the lead exhibits an expanding of ideas that reaches beyond the typical doom cast. This is definitely a band to keep an eye on.

You can get the single at the band’s Bandcamp page, or listen to it through your preferred streaming service. Lend it your ear – if you do I think you’ll end up in line with me waiting for more music to come out. Recommended.


Bandcamp: https://foolsparadisestoner.bandcamp.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/foolstoner.band

Fools Paradise, Confused Mind (2021)

Nervosa, Perpetual Chaos (Napalm Records 2021)

The thrash is verily raging from the new metal set by Nervosa.

Nervosa began in São Paulo, Brazil just over ten years ago. Brandishing a rugged version of classic Thrash, the band released three albums over the years, the new one making four. Founder and guitarist Prika Amaral is joined by three new musicians for Perpetual Chaos: Diva Satanica (aka, Rocío Vázquez, on vocals), Mia Wallace (bass), and Eleni Nota (drums). It is a truly international band, with the three new members hailing from Spain, Italy, and Greece.

The new set is made up of thirteen songs – that’s a good number. Brevity is the call sign with these three minute furies, speeding as they do to bowl you over before you can tell what hit you.

“Venomous” is the no-nonsense opener that cracks and zips with fist punching riffs, blast beats, and a rollicking lead break. The vocals snarl into the Death Metal range, adding a sinister touch to the sound that matches well with the wicked themes – witness the next song, “”Guided By Evil.” Apart from the ever-present up-tempo, there are a lot of approachable hooks and fan-pleasing choruses that’ll be great live when the crowd sings along. The pressure is on all the way to the final track, “Under Ruins,” which, itself, is one my favorites.

There are a few guest appearances to add to the variety and season the mix, including by Guilherme Miranda (Revolta), Schmier (Destruction), and Erik A. K. Knutson (Flotsam and Jetsam). The album is imminently listenable and bears re-spinning at its end. The newest incarnation of Nervosa has definitely thrown down the gauntlet with this one. Recommended.

Perpetual Chaos is out now. All sorts of versions and merchandise are available at the Napalm Records site. The band has its own store, too, and there is always Bandcamp. Consider yourself hooked up.


Bandcamp, https://nervosa-brazil.bandcamp.com/

Website, https://nervosaofficial.com/website/english-home/

Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/nervosa

Napalm Records, https://napalmrecords.com/english/nervosa.html

Nervosa, Perpetual Chaos (Napalm Records 2021)

The Troops of Doom, The Rise of Heresy review (Blood Blast Distribution 2020)

The debut release from Troops of Doom is a Heavy Metal eruption that will be heard in every corner of the Earth.

The band is from Brazil: Jairo “Tormentor” Guedz (guitar), Alex Kafer (bass and vocals), Marcelo Vasco (guitar), and Alexandre Oliveira (drums). You certainly recognize the first person on that list as an original guitarist for Sepultura. The sound of The Troops of Doom has its starting point in early (classic) Death Metal, and from there it grows into its own beast.

The new EP has four original songs and two covers of well-known Sepultura songs. First the originals. “Whispering Dead Words” has an orchestral opening with big brass horns and the full complement. The strangling starts right past the one minute mark. “Inspired by hate / Existence fades away / Burn those bastards / To Infernal flames.” “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” is a ripper – fast and furious, with a catchy clomping riff in the middle. “The Confessional” has that steady head banging momentum as well, leading into the title song, which is the track that’s stands out the most for me. “The Rise of Heresy” displays punishing percussion and fierce rhythm riffs standing shoulder to shoulder with the grizzly vocals.

The covers are “Bestial Devastation” from the Bestial Devastation (1985) EP and “Troops of Doom” from Morbid Visions (1986). The new versions certainly sound better given the more recent recording capabilities and the covers are consistent musically with the originals. It is nice to hear them updated and they ring as true in their new incarnations as they did back in the mid-1980s originals.

The Rise of Heresy is available now in the digital and you can get it at Amazon Music and stream it at Spotify. Physical versions are on the horizon and are popping up in various forms around the globe. Think of tracking them down as a quest. Whatever way you consume this music, if you are a fan of Sepultura, you are bound to like The Troops of Doom. Recommended.


Band Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/thetroopsofdoom/

Band YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkmgbCkDR4PohSI89P14pLg

Blood Blast, http://www.bloodblast.com

Blood Blast Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/BloodBlastDistribution

Amazon Music, https://www.amazon.com/music

The Troops of Doom, The Rise of Heresy review (Blood Blast Distribution 2020)

Jupiterian, Protosapien review (Transcending Obscurity 2020)

Jupiterian brings another round of atmospheric doom into the world straight from the heart of South America.

The four-piece metal band from São Paulo has been building its reputation in the heavy scene brick by brick over the last five years. Their first album, Aphotic (2015), is an impressive entry into the musical world. It oscillates between a traditional Doom Metal approach and Funeral Doom, pressing forth with a gargantuan heaviness. Terraforming (2017) begins like an ayahuasca chant with “Matriarch” and pushes on to turn and rise like a lumbering, impossibly tall giant tilling the planet for its on purpose and design. These two albums were early signs of things to come – the first two steps.

The latest release begins with heavy brass horns blaring threatening blasts and what sounds the distance metallic pounding of an enormous hammer against the hull of an ancient, derelict spaceship. Dripping water, buzzing insects, and then “Mere Humans” takes off. The sound has a sharp edge along with the weight of the vocal, guitar, and rhythm space. “Voidborn” thrums your sensibilities into raw strips with its insistent, insidious probing, turning almost frantic in the second half. “Capricorn” brings a stormfront of distortion that resolves in a blistering lightning storm, and “Starless” feels like an incarnation of hopelessness. The final song is “Earthling Bloodline.” It is the essence of “Protosapien” and the plain expression of album’s theme. Drawn out, deep growls (as if from the depths of the earth) surrounded and infused by thundering bass and guitar motions, kept on track by relentless, inexorable percussion.

Doom Metal is the organic center of the music from Jupiterian, enhanced by related genres at the command of the composers. Across their three albums there is a movement in the music’s complexity and presence. With the latest release, having heard the first two, you can detect a clairvoyance in the entity that is the music the band has created. Highly recommended.

Protosapien is out now. Transcending Obscurity has some amazing format variants and merch – the vinyl is a genuine showcase for the cover art by Mariusz Lewandowski. The download is available through Bandcamp and other fine vendors.

Band photo by William van der Voort.





Jupiterian, Protosapien review (Transcending Obscurity 2020)