Album Review: Amassado – Coracao Enterrado
Origin: Brazil, Italy
Release time: 2011
Label: Felony 1 Records
Genre: Groove Metal
I’m sure you’ve noticed our output is a little slower than before. For me personally the reason for that is work and craploads of other shit I need to take care of in physical life. But more importantly, there are currently some initiatives being unfolded that will drastically change the future of The Baboon. You’ll find out soon enough!
Anyfuck, Amassado! They’re a project of Italian and Brazilian musicians that has just released its debut effort, Coracao Enterrado. I have no idea what this means, but I’m positive it’s Portuguese. This puppy has been out for a while. In fact, it has been sitting in my list of stuff to review for a while as well, but for the above mentioned reasons I didn’t get a chance to look at it sooner. Will do a short but full-fledged review now though.
Amassado’s product is primarily Groove Metal. The comparison to Sepulture is very easily made. It also has that somewhat Copacabana feel to it, meaning there’s a subtle Brazilian sauce to cover the base of heavy riffage. Main perpetrator there are the vocals, which are in Portuguese completely. This album reminds me of what a butt-ugly language that is again – sorry to any Brazilian and Portuguese readers – but not to worry, it works well in the fierce and brutal light of the musical product.
The other thing I sometimes, definitely not all the time, notice in Coracao Enterrado is an almost punk-like nature of the riffs: straightforward chord structures are played at considerable speed. Crude and not very refined, but it doesn’t bother me as it might have with most other bands. The main reason for that must be the incredibly energetic attitude of the band, which is where the aggressive Portuguese vocals do their job so well.
Have a bite of it with Garganta Cortada, for which the band did a music video. In that you’ll also find out about the band’s whole masked and militant image, complete with drug deal and hints of torture. Nothing a good Sunday morning should do without.
Coracao Enterrado is not a lengthy album. You’ll blast through it in about half an hour and I think that’s just about right. There’s only so much you can take when it comes to grinding riffs, and releasing it in well-dosed amounts keeps shit interesting. In conclusion: it’s good stuff, but it wears off a bit too quickly. Good, not great.
My Grade: 6.5/10
Buy this when:
- you’re a fan of Sepulture and Brujeria
- riff-simplicity is a strong point to you