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Castrator - Defiled in Oblivion

Defiled in Oblivion
by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 01 September 2022, 1:50 AM

Feminism is not a trend and not an extremist left-wing ideology. It is in reality a scream of rebellion against a whole system that turns women into objects without the right of a happy existence, of speaking about their pains and inner struggles. Unfortunately, all of us (including myself) were bred in a patriarchal model, so to destroy and rebuild ourselves isn’t something easy, but’s worthy of the result. And one of them is to see female bands in equal terms with other acts, because a male chauvinist would never recognize the value of acts as BURNING WITCHES, NERVOSA, CRYPTA and others without any disgusting macho joke. And another very good name to join this team is CASTRATOR, a North American quartet that comes to shred ears with “Defiled in Oblivion”, their first album.

The quartet unleashes a violent and chaotic form of Death Metal based on the classical model defined by acts as DEATH, CANNIBAL CORPSE and DEICIDE, or in other words: brutal, play and aggressive to make the teeth ache. But it’s not played without a good technical level, and, the ideas are set in a way that creates solid harmonies and rhythms. And be prepared, because the band’s music is full of energy and aggressiveness! The production worked to make things have that trademark sonority usual for North American Death Metal albums: brutal, rough and distorted, but in a way that can be understood by the fans easily. It’s very good, though not perfect as the band’s music needs.

Be prepared, because they’re not kidding, and these songs can easily starts mosh pits, even in your homes. And for begin with “Defiled in Oblivion”, pay attention to “Dawa of Yousafzai” (it’s brutal and oppressive, and besides it’s not exaggerated on technical aspects, the playing presented by bass guitar and drums is really very good, make the rhythmic changes easy to assimilate), “Tormented by Atrocities” (this one presents some hooks inherited from Death/Thrash Metal, with very good grunts and snarls), “Inquisition Sins” (another moment when the Death/Thrash Metal side of their music becomes evident due the Death Metal hooks, and lovely arrangements on the guitars), “Voices of Evirato” and “Forsaken and Deprived” (be prepared for something really oppressive, because even with a classic Death Metal approach on the rhythms of both songs, things seems to blow as they are being played due their raw energy), and “Tyrant’s Verdict”. But don’t you dare to leave aside their explosive version for VENOM’s “Countess Bathory” (here with an addictive Death Metal brutal approach on this classic). Of course that some people will find references that link the band’s lyrics to Feminist themes, but once more: you only understand the pain and sadness of one when you hear it with open heart (OPEN HEART, not those things full of putrid slime that conservative people call ‘hearts’).

“Defiled in Oblivion” is really a very good first coming, and states the name of CASTRATOR as promising in the Death Metal scene. But more can be expected of the band in the future, because they have potential to do so.

Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 9
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. Dawa of Yousafzai
2. Tormented by Atrocities
3. Befoul My Existence
4. Inquisition Sins
5. Voices of Evirato
6. Forsaken and Deprived
7. Sinister Mind
8. Purge the Rotten (Ones)
9. Tyrant’s Verdict
10. Countess Bathory (Venom cover)
Clarissa Badini - Vocals
Kimberly Orellana - Guitars
Robin Mazen - Bass
Carolina Perez - Drums
Record Label: Dark Descent Records


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Edited 07 December 2022

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