Country of Origin: USA
Blood Doctrines, the title track, is next up. Virtually seething with energy, it provides both driving and soaring melodies, both crushing and melodic, all executed with top notch flair. Doing naught but keep the listeners attention throughout this track boasting changing rhythms and a dual vocal attack that compliments a musical style which is similar in style to Black Dahlia Murder. An overall effect that hints of a collective level of talent and knowledge in need of representation (at time of writing) showing definite promise for future efforts.
Beyond Contrition, the next track, has an initial and very strong deathcore feel. With that in mind however, it delivers where many of acts in the same vein falter. The rhythm transforms enough times to keep the listener on their toes, even offering unexpected melodic passages and an atmospheric feel to break up the ‘on point’ chuggery. The drums are of especial interest also - tight and precise - a great addition to Iscariot’s overall sound make up.
The last three tracks offer the listener more of the same exquisite craftsmanship hinting at influences from across the melodic and extreme metal arena. In Verse of the Serpent there’s an Abysmal Dawn aura and yet more still as the cover suggests a wide scope of textures with an ancient yet classical feel, displaying talent beyond their limited release scope.
Country of Origin: Argentina
Style: Technical/Groove/Thrash Metal
It was enough, the first track contains enough catchiness (and riff mastery) to put even the most seasoned BB played to shame. The vocals are a wicked cross between what I would imagine an Argentinian Chuck Billy might sound like and a similar style to what’s found nestled within numerous Iced Earth releases. Pietra Lopez has a stunning and wide range from somewhat of a falsetto (Rob Halford style) to a solid semi-aggressive vocal approach one would normally find on a recommended release in the more extreme end of the thrash genre.
The music itself puts me in mind of a collision of styles from a number of different acts. With rhythm structures leaning towards Grip Inc., technical guitar prowess courtesy of Death Angel and an intensity found within various Lamb of God and Dew Scented albums this release offers what I hadn’t expected in the slightest. Delivering more than merely a release I will spin only once Osamenta have opened my eyes to what else might be hiding within the vast spectrum of South American metal. Regardless of what language is found here (Spanish I’m thinking) the music is executed so damn remarkably well I could care less.
If, like me, you have a very limited knowledge of the South American metal scene this album is a great place to start, but heed this warning before you press play.
Failure to work out the neck and spine muscles before giving this your full attention might result in considerable damage to the torso.