Sunday, October 8, 2017

DEATH YELL - Descent Into Hell review

DEATH YELL - Descent Into Hell

Hells Headbangers Records

Unless you're a connoisseur of extreme metal from South America than the name DEATH YELL will not be so familiar. Although if you're into collecting Finnish black metal than you just might. I'll explain that weird connection in a few but first here's this. Basically DEATH YELL were a short lived band from Chile back in the late 80's whose sound was a mix of thrash metal as well as adding more eclectic doom nuance to their overall fury. To their credit the band released a six song cassette demo in 1989 titled Vengeance from Darkness. To this day that release in it's original form has become a highly collectible item when it comes to South American metal. Maybe more so for the band's sound and style than for just being a collector scum treasure.

The band was unlike their fellow countryman in PENTAGRAM as well as their better known brethren from Brazil. Maybe that's why in 1991 they were on a split 7"er with Finland's BEHERIT. Now since I am a BEHERIT fan and their song on that 7"er was the classic "Werewolf Semen and Blood", of course I checked out DEATH YELL as well. The band split up in 1991 but because I'm a poor metal fan I did pick up a copy of Morbid Rites which is a compilation put out by Nuclear War Now! Productions in 2007 which has DEATH YELL's early songs on it plus some worthless live cuts. 

Which brings us to the present, in 2012 DEATH YELL reunited after all those years (with a new drummer) and in 2013 released a split 7” with ATOMIC AGGRESSOR on Hells Headbangers Records. That garnered them modern day interest with a whole new audience and a few years later (2016 to be exact) they put out a second split with Peru's MORBOSATAN on Doomentia Records. So now we have the band's first official and proper full length. After like thirty years what would you expect?

Well I am proud to say that Descent Into Hell is one of the best extreme releases of 2017. And ya know history be dammed this fucker is incredible and I say that while one of their songs, "Macabre Fuckfeast" is still surging in my head. Instead of just repeating the past the band has gone modern with a furious thrash attack with touches of their black and death metal past influences. I'm talking about hammy bar dive-bombs, blast-beats galore and some actual melody in-between down right brutality. Vocalist Galleta is probably the only style retainer from their past and his venomous hiss style singing is far more formidable than ever. 

Old bands who reunite are like ghosts from the past. When they haunt you its kinda like a remembrance of past greatness which is cool for a short time. Then again they could come out with something totally strange and scare ya to death. DEATH YELL combine their past with the new and of course modern production takes them to a greater level. This blows away bands half their age and makes contemporaries look like pathetic nostalgia acts. For a quarter of the price you paid to see SLAYER this year you could have this.

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