Monday, April 21, 2014

back to the future: Sarcófago (Brazil): "Rotting" (1989)

back to the future: Sarcófago (Brazil): "Rotting" (1989)
Sarcófago: “Rotting” (Greyhaze Records)
Sarcófago’s barbarian death/black/thrash “INRI” (1987) was followed by the still-primal-but-slightly-more-polished thrashing “Rotting” (1989). In a sense you could say that this was a transition that other bands were making, from raw death/black/thrash towards a thrashier, cleaner metal: Sodom, Destruction, Kreator, Sepultura, Bathory, Sarcófago and others were sounding more “professional” in the late 80s. In the case of Sarcófago, this recording actually sounds sick and horrid, and it is only when compared with “INRI” that it sounds clearer, but within the context of Sarcófago, mind you. In general, those into old, primal metal definitely like both “INRI” and “Rotting.” Both are worthy after all the time that has passed and are very enjoyable.

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