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Disterror – Catharsis

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Last Updated on 04:42 PM by Giorgos Tsekas

Genre: Black / Thrash / Crust
Country: Mexico
Label: Akracia Records
Year: 2015

Disterror come from Mexico and from their earliest musical footsteps had shaken up the crust / punk / hardcore scene with the demos and the EP that they released. Paradoxically, in their new album “Catharsis” the band makes a turn in their musical career, producing a material, which initially is moving through the crust paths that Disterror wandered when they first became a band, imbued with Black / Thrash elements and slightly caressing the sides of Death Metal. Most naturally, we were all surprised by this change of direction, however “Catharsis” punches us right on our teeth.

The album starts with “Viva La Muerte”, mournful bells and massive guitars. Right from the first seconds, you understand how these Disterror are not compatible with the punk / crust Disterror we once loved. “Condemned To Survive” could easily be a Toxic Holocaust track. It has a stable, heavy riff, on which the rest of the composition is built. The bass stands out. You can hear it clearly, bringing this way the whole song higher in my eyes. After the tracks middle, the composition turns into a Black Metal one; fast, pitch dark riffs and screams that seem to emerge from the cauldrons of hell. Moving on, what stands out in “Out of Nothing” is the extremely well – crafted drums. Gallo has done a great job on this one. He gives character and an enviable quality. In context, the track seems to take a turn towards the earlier Disterror musical compositions, since the result is a mix of crust, covered by a veil of mist, with many Black Metal elements. The same thing applies to the even faster track, “Raices”. Incredibly quickly drums and guitars that cut like a razor; it’s definitely the faster track of the record and the only one with lyrics in their native language. “Gilgamesh” surprises us with its introduction. It has a sample of some speech and a calm introductory riff assisted by calm galloping drums. Immediately after that, everything changes, with a mini drum solo, if I may use the term. At the same time, we have samples that give depth and theatricality, while crust outbursts hit us constantly and mercilessly. “Gilgamesh” by the way, is the longest track of the album. “Labyrinth” is the track I loved most in this release. It moves at a softer pace and if you listen carefully, you will find scattered elements of Heavy Metal, especially in the guitars. Logically, many of you would characterize it as the weakest track of the album. No worries. You’ll appreciate it later. The album closes with the title track “Catharsis”. Everything indicates that Black / Thrash is alive and thriving, however these melancholic crust-that- -could-be –black-metal guitars give another, more tasteful character to the whole thing. Their first full length record closes off in the best possible way and with a circle shape, since the outro is filled with bells again.

Looking the record with a general perspective, it is probably Disterror’s best work so far, in terms of musical composition, production and choice of cover artwork. It’s a very meticulous work. The fact that they have mixed up all these different musical elements in their compositions, make “Catharsis” an awesome experimental album and of course, worthy of attention by those who want to broaden their musical horizons.

Highlights: Condemned To Survive, Labyrinth, Catharsis

4/6

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