Saturday, January 18, 2014

Mystifier (Brazil): “Wicca” (reissue of 1992 album) (Greyhaze Records)

Mystifier (Brazil): “Wicca” (reissue of 1992 album) (Greyhaze Records)
To the point as quickly as possible: If you love Sarcófago’s “INRI” and Blasphemy’s “Fallen Angel of Doom,” then make sure to seek “Wicca” because it belongs in your collection. For sure.
“Wicca” is from 1992, and it follows demos from 1989 and 1991. By this time, the earlier Brazilian bands, such as Sepultura and Sarcófago, had “cleaned up” their sound in favor of the more popular “pure” thrash, and it was other bands around the world that were picking up the torch for raw black metal, such as Mystifier, a band totally obsessed with blasphemous themes. “Wicca” has plenty of fast moments and also the atmospherics of “dark/horror/evil.” It sounds ugly and primal, just as expected.

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