Nameless Hideous Manifestations
Soulrot began, technically, in 1992. They quickly fizzled as all members were dedicated to other projects. But in 2013, they were reborn, headed by JL Olmos (Betrayed, ex-Micosis, ex-Gangrenous) who joined bass player/vocalist JH Wilschrey (Sadistic Murder, Acero Letal). Soulrot’s home of Chile must be fertile soil for death metal traits because Nameless Hideous Manifestations is stunning. 2014 saw the demo, Horrors From Beyond, which was followed by Revelations EP two years later. NHM is a leap forward – in quality – while the essence is a leap backward – in time. This sounds as if Soulrot picked up in 1992. Soulrot deserves a Nobel or Pultizer or Grammy for their ability to travel time.
By track two, “Those Who Dwell in the Abyss”, your brain switches from “this is fucking good” to “Holy Shit”. Powerful production, achieved by J.H. Wilschrey & J. Reyes; Mixed by J. Fredes at Magia Negra Studios, Valparaíso, Chile. The locals emphatically strive for the same goal. The synchronicity strengthens the final product. Which of course is accented by the mastering by Enormous Door Mastering, USA. But none of this is possible without the songwriting; which is heavy, heavy, heavy.
“From My Womb” and “Infertile Anti-Womb” prove that Soulrot can channel the great Swede forefathers, but that they can add personality of their own. The opening to “From My Womb” slays with a rough-ass mid-tempo stomp. They keep the slaying under three minutes, cramming much glory in to immediate gratification. The looming slow riff over spastic drums creates a terrifying atmosphere. “Ectoplasmic Revelations” plays with time changes that spur interest as the song moves through its five and a half minutes. Again the level of drumming is mesmerizing as Daniel Fredes Pushes and pushes while guitars riffs remain slower and hypnotizing. “This Putrid Canvas” is amazing. The fretwork, again not mixed to overpower, lays in the back to hammer chaos into your brain as subconsciously as it is obvious. The tornado drums match this feeling. The next track, starts with a sludge laden riff that clunks until the guitars and drums again burst forward into frenzied patterns.
Nameless Hideous Manifestations is a recommended winner for me. Nothing too groundbreaking, but definitely not a rehash of existing. Soulrot pays homage but adds their own colors. If you love the Swedes, you will dig this.
RIYL: Morbid Flesh, Asphyx, Entombed, Entrails, Grave, Atomicide, Carcass, Carnage, Autopsy