Chile has already proven itself to be a potent breeding ground for some pretty barbaric and bestial extreme metal, with recent releases by bands like Demonic Rage leaving quite a deep mark on me. Siaskel hails from this vicious land as well, with Jatenentolpen Thejin being the band’s debut full length release.
Shuaken Caspi K’passh’kan kicks off the album with the sounds of war and destruction, and the chants at the background provide a nice, almost Middle-Eastern inspired scene of mayhem, but the real chaos begins as soon as the first riffs on the track hit the listener. The frantic trem-picked riffs of Ma’hai and Oblimink are accompanied by that relentless and urgent blasting of drummer Sinn, and the whole chaotic atmosphere conjured by Siaskel quickly reminds one of the bestial and filthy style of bands like Morbosidad. The delivery of the lyrics by vocalist Gorrge in Spanish also adds to that bestial and unpolished charm of the band, and further strengthens comparisons to the aforementioned.
Yet those expecting a complete Morbosidad clone to be on Jatenentolpen Thejin can expect to be surprised, as the band certainly includes a slightly wider range of influences and elements on their debut. Unlike the non-stop merciless onslaught by Morbosidad or Impiety, Siaskel also incorporates some slower and doomish moments on the album, building up the tension and climax with the uneasy slowing down of the pace to ensure that the next riff hits the listener hard. Also, unlike the complete and utter chaos that bestial bands might offer, tracks like Lo’coinshi Nar Oukas also shows Ma’hai and Oblimink presenting some of the more melodic side of their playing, though the brutality and savageness is not a single bit affected with Sinn’s battery at the back.
For those who are looking for that South American rawness and ruthlessness, yet still desire for a touch of sanity, Siaskel‘s debut will certainly be the perfect choice, with the middle-ground that the band provides in their musical style.
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