I heard Antropofagus way back in 1999, when they released the album “No waste of flesh.” It was a pretty good album. But there was a silence of more than 12 years for the next album “Architecture of Lust.” Even though they have released a couple of EPs in between; their latest flick is making news waves across the metal landscape.
The opening track “Architecture of Lust” is an excellent track to start a technically superior album. Each instrument is played with complex structures. The pace is simply mind blowing. The vocals weren’t overly guttural, but were still quite high and powerful sounding, reminding me more of a death growl than any sort of inhuman sound-effect.
The second track “Sanguinis Bestiae Solium” is a very complex song with so many changes throughout the song – be it in guitars or the drums. The highlight of the track is the drumming of Davide Billia. He has played like an insane human being. The complex drumming and the technicality involved is a masterpiece. I was floored when I finished that track; well, for that matter the entire album had me gasping for more.
Antropofagus pumps out non-stop brutality. Starting from songwriting, right down to the layering of tracks in the album, “Architecture of Lust” is one incredible masterpiece. There are certain portions that remind me of a lot of bands. Deeds of Flesh is one band which comes to my mind in certain portions of guitar styling; especially the rhythm section in the track “The Lament Configuration.” The vocals of Tya are superb and the guitaring of Meatgrinder is beyond my words.
Though most of the tracks start with a blast beat, but pretty soon it settles down to an almost similar sound. It’s like listening to a couple of tracks is enough to give you an idea of the entire album. But if you are diehard fan of Brutal death metal band; you may be dissatisfied with a couple of tracks; or for that matter, the entire album, maybe?
Musically, the band certainly brings out the whole brutal aspect of death metal; and manages to groove in a solid amount of technicality within the song structures. There is quite an abundance of guitar sweeping and other stuff that guitar nerds will freak out over.
The front cover is a bit freaky and reminds me of Dark Funeral who have a similar cover in one of their albums, released sometime ago.
The production is really good and the mix is superb. One is able to listen to each instrument very well and the drum sound stands out, which is the highlight of the album. It is in fact no waste of time if you listen to this band and they will blow you away within minutes. This is a good release and do not mess your head with decisions. Go get it. Beg, borrow or show respect – but surely buy it! This is one of my favorites for 2012. A big thumbs up!!!