Originally released in 2010 under Blood Harvest, this year sees Brazilian old school death metal horde Poisonous‘ debut full length album, Perdition’s Den being re-issued under the digital record label, Metalhit.com. With Brazilian metal being pioneered by bands like Sarcofago and Sepultura, one would almost expect Perdition’s Den to sound like the thrash-tinged death metal that Brazilian bands have crafted over the years.
But the heavy and crushing riffs that are present on Perdition’s Den reek heavily of Incantation-worship, and this made even more so with the at times intentionally sloppy-sounding drumming of Alex, though he proves his capabilities throughout the album later. The dark and evil atmosphere and the heaviness in the music, made even more intense with the low rumbling growls of the bass of Evil, results in the listener at times feeling oppressed and suffocated. The vocals of Michael further tops the experience up with the monstrous growls, and combined with the riffs that are unleashed, reminding listeners of bands such as Impetuous Ritual, alternating between heavy palm-muted and trem-picked sections.
The focus on Perdition’s Den seems to be on the heaviness in the music rather than speed, as there are rather few extremely fast moments with the album progressing at a mid-pace for the most part of the album, while crushing riff after crushing riff is presented to the listener, with the band not giving much time for the listener to recover from previous onslaughts before presenting the next punishing section. Poisonous also does not shy away from including elements such as keyboards to reinforce the ominous atmosphere already present in the music, as these appear from time to time throughout the album, such as on the tracks Demons and Horror Instinct. The spoken vocals that are layered over the keys also provide a nice touch, further sending chills down one’s back.
As a tribute to the founding fathers of Brazilian extreme metal, the band has also included a cover of Sarcofago‘s The Black Vomit, giving a nice heavy, crushing death metal makeover to the track. Overall, Perdition’s Den is a nice blasphemous, old school death metal album and would certainly appeal to fans of bands such as Incantation.