Review: Mácula/Extinction Remains – Split

In May last year we already wrote about the Brazilian crusty doom/death metallers of Extinction Remains in our 28th part of Promoting Bands, which you can read here. At that moment we wrote about Smog, the compilation they released that included all Extinction Remains’ material they had released that far. However, Extinction Remains’ repertoire has expanded since November. At that moment vocalist/bass player Arthur Alves, drummer Mateus Nygrom and guitarists Artur Figueredo and Caio Lemos released five new tracks. That is their contribution to a split with a total of eight tracks. Who are the other three songs from then? Those are from Extinction Remains’ fellow Brazilians Mácula. Mácula, consisting of drummer Bal, guitarist Italo, bass player Debie and vocalist Caleb, is playing blackened crustpunk and already released a few songs before, as singles, on various splits or as part of compilations.

It’s up to Mácula to start this split with their three songs. They do so with the seven-and-a-half-minute long song Cultivando Certezas Rúpteis. Cultivando Certezas Rúpteis’ start, which is as much as its first two-and-a-half minutes, is quite slow and contains a few moments in which an explosion is nearing, only to be delayed. On one hand this builds up some tension, but on the other hand it is quite tedious, especially to open an album with. That explosion is coming though and at that moment we’ll hear that Mácula is pretty good at pounding very heavily with quite a filthy sound, while it can surely be heard that they thought about it very well, which makes it very interesting to listen to in a deeper way. The guitars sound very heavy and sludgy and are, combined with the constantly pummeling drums, that are regularly sounding that raw as if you’re beside drummer Bal inside Mácula’s repetition space, creating a constant wall of sound. Vocalist Caleb spits his filthy, raw vocals over this wall of sound and makes all this complete. Only point of criticism about Mácula’s part of this split is that the vocals are a bit low in volume. Everything mentioned before is even a bit better worked out in Mácula’s latest song on this split, Muro de Palavras. That especially is due to the fact that this song doesn’t have a tedious intro. Muro de Palavras immediately starts full-throttle. In between Cultivando Certezas Rúpteis and Muro de Palavras is a slower, bit spacy-sounding, tension-building, instrumental track, titled Travessia though, but this sounds more interesting than Cultivando Certezas Rúpteis’ intro. Of course this can also be the case due to Travessia not being the album-opener and due to the fact that we already enjoyed listening Mácula’s crustpunk for a bit.

After Mácula’s three tracks it’s time for Extinction Remains’ part of this split, which begins with Swamp of Destruction, a song that’s about an environmental disaster in Brumadinho, Brazil on January the 25th, last year. That Extinction Remains’ part of this split is about environmental problems quite much becomes clear when looking at the titles of their songs: as mentioned starting with Swamp of Destruction, followed by Why?, Ecological Collapse, Plastic Sea and Human Presence (After the Earth). They deliver their songs, just as their fellow Brazilians in Mácula do, in a very powerful, pounding way, but in a more doomier and sludgier way. The guitars of Artur Figueredo and Caio Lemos are sounding very heavy and sludgy delivering a vibe that regularly is strenghtend by Arthur Alves’ humming bass, including a nicely humming bass riff at some moments, and the deep sound of Mateus Nygrom’s drums. Extinction Remains’ first song of this split, Swamp of Destruction is, with the exception of the sample at the beginning, instrumental and contains a nicely roaring guitar solo. So, from the next song, Why?, on we’ll also hear Arthur Alves delivering his vocals, in addition to his humming bass. In Why? He delivers raw screams, that are brought with a somewhat echoing effect, as well as low grunts. In Plastic Sea his grunts are also sounding very nice, with the nice production-addition of those coming from left on one moment and coming from right on another moment.

This is a nicely, heavy pounding split from two Brazilian bands that are definitely worth checking out!

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