Sat. Apr 20th, 2024

Rabhas – “Propaganda Antiumana”

Rabhas’ third album is a concentration of malaise and hatred, boxed in a death metal and hardcore casing, sometimes even grindcore, although the band favors more odd tempos, slowdowns and cadenced breaks, rather than the typical assault of death metal, much less that of brutal death metal. The band proves itself as an intellectual form of the genre, enriching death metal with multiple influences, recognizable first of all in the singing, which has little to do with the classic death metal growling, but rather has a lot of the variety of hardcore and grind, not also skimping on many verses in clean voice.

But even when the voice becomes cleaner it stays far away from the pandering melody and instead rails with killer metrics. The band technically knows what it’s doing: all the musicians give a great performance, but it’s a bit difficult to keep up with their deconstruction of the proposed genre. The songs apparently do not seem to follow a logical thread, but only a primordial instinct which is then skilfully transformed into a complete musical form, given that as we were saying, the band is technically very prepared. This is certainly a complex but valuable album, which may satisfy the more open-minded fans, but which on the other hand, perhaps, will not satisfy fans of the genre that the band claims to propose, namely death metal.

Let’s clarify that death metal is present, but it is perhaps not the type of death metal that can satisfy fans of bands like Morbid Angel or Cannibal Corpse. In any case, a great album, very mature and courageous.

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