Matalobos – S/T (Mexico, 2015)

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It’s funny how sometimes the best bands come from the most unexpected places. In fact you won’t believe that this muchachos are from Mexico. They offer a very European sound: heavy, icy and full of sorrow. Matalobos (“wolves killer” according to my dear friend Google translator) debut with this 3-track self-titled EP, proving that they definitely know what they’re doing, offering and unbelievable mix of doom, death and even a pinch of post-metal.

Songs smash your face off, they never grow boring, actually they will surprise you with continuous riff/speed changes. The listener is forced through moments of true cruelty, where the mammoth growls slowly slaughter flesh out; moments ruled by quiet, but slightly sinister classical guitar interludes (very Opeth-ish) and finally moments with and almost post-metal feel, add clean vocals here and there and you have Matalobos’ cocktail offered in their majestic debut EP.
Oh, and I forgot, the clean vocal department that brakes the deep growling lines is just as cool as all the other elements on this record.

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I’m finally finding yet another album where it is so hard to pick up a true standout song, the 3 compositions are all equally beautiful in their own way. The Murderer is badass and powerful, featuring parts that remind me of early Insomnium and a sweet acoustic bridge. Black Stone Walls sounds slightly dissonant and mysterious, and it features the best growl performances of the entire record. The Immense Sea has a similar approach of the previous one but with a gentle post-metal reminiscence…and it ends so sadly. And I am so sad that Matalobos Ep is already ended. But it has been a fucking nice experience.

Hey Matalobos! You guys would better put out another (and possibly even greater) record, and do that as fast as possible, I’m here waiting for you!

Tracklist:
1.The Murderer – 7:18
2.Black Stone Walls – 7:37
3.The Immense Sea – 8:55

Label: Inductive Oppression Records
Websites: Facebook | Bandcamp
Release Date: 13th April 2015
Reviewed by Teo

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