Genre: Black Metal
Label: Soulseller Records
I have only been following Patria since the release of their previous album “Individualism” in 2014 and the truth is I haven’t spent time listening to previous material by them so far. Three years later, the Brazilian act brings us a new record under Soulseller Records named “Magna Adversia”, which is as a whole, a polished and well worked effort.
Patria has two members and they both are included in numerous other projects from Brazil, meaning they have more than enough musical experience in the metal scene. With Patria, there are six full length albums (apart from the rest of smaller releases) in a period of nine years, so one can only assume we’re talking about hard working people here.
“Magna Adversia” lasts fifty minutes and looks like the most professional work of the band, in terms of artwork, aesthetic, and production. Mixed and mastered by Øystein G. Brun (of Borknagar), the album has an excellent, clean sound, while the beautiful cover was done by Marcelo Vasco, who has worked with metal giants like Kreator, Dark Funeral, Slayer and Machine Head.
Patria use standard tools for the composition of their tracks and the guitar lines consist of edgy black / death metal riffs, often walking into meloblack territory. While playing fast at times, they do have some more groovy moments when mid tempo parts hit, but always executed accurately. The blast beats are present here and there and the drumming is generally solid, done by Asgeir Mickelson (also in Ihsahn, Borknagar and Sarke). Some tracks in fact remind of modern Norwegian black metal guitar wise, like “Heartless”, “Infidels”, or the opening of “Arsonist”.
In “Now I Bleed”, the band chooses an orchestral introduction that reminds of symphonic black metal or even late Fleshgod Apocalypse material, the only time it’s used in the record so clearly, since a few synths are indeed used in other tracks. Something else that drew my attention was a progressive rock / metal riff towards the end of the song “Arsonist”, slightly adding flavor to an otherwise direct extreme metal record of our period.
I recommend “Magna Adversia” to people who enjoy harsh vocals and crystal production, as well as people into black / death metal with plenty of melodic lines in it, as Patria have done a great job getting such an album together. For it’s length, it keeps the listener right there and is as a whole, a pleasurable listen with basic elements as well as something more.