Introducing Galicia's Finest - Deathwalking: Infectados
“Infectados” is the latest album release from Deathwalking. They are part of a rare breed too, a Galician/Spanish death metal outfit. Hailing from an area of the world that’s probably better known for its soft, wispy, bagpipe driven folk music than anything else, they do not come much rarer than these guys. When all’s said and done, is Infectados worth the time and trouble of a listen though?
Infectados at a glance
First things first, Deathwalking are a duo that consist of Michael Sult on lead guitar and Ederon Korst on lead vocals and guitar. They formed in 2007 and this is their first full length album. Released on 7th March, the album consists of nine tracks and has a running time of around forty five minutes. A preview of the album in it's entirety is available through YouTube, so you can click and have a listen to a little bit of each of the tracks first before you decide whether you want to buy it:
The album starts with the growling, low slung, infectious “Cae” which is a slow burning thrash that threatens you by the jugular, draws you in and sets you up for the rest of the album.
The second track “Skully” starts off with a really well paced guitar part that actually makes you believe for a moment you’re not listening to death metal at all and that you were hearing something that was perhaps a little more lame indie-schmindie than anything else. However, it’s a falsehood, the track kicks in properly and lets you know it’s wrong footed you. This is what Deathwalking seem to do quite well, not only in this track but the album as a whole. They trick you into thinking they’re something else, then you’re really quite surprised when you hear the tracks in full.
“Esquecer” is a guttural epic, throat grabbing and bloody. For the entire three and a half minutes the track lasts it brings the hairs up on the back of your neck and makes your bones shake.
The mid point of the album sees a track called “Regresion”, which again, starts off in an almost delicate way, bringing you down from the strength of the other songs, before the beat kicks in again to let you know you can’t be lulled into a false sense of security for too long. It’s got such a strong guitar part at it’s heart and feels so well composed and driven. It’s also really well placed in the album too, offering a few brief moments of calm before the next track called “No Bosque” kicks in, which is a thrashy and punked up affair, rushing between high octane guitars and slowed down verses which again, give this feeling of being totally wrong footed by the band. You’re never sure where they’re going to take you from one track to the next. Just as you’re starting to speed up listening to them, they decide to completely alter the pace. Surprisingly, it works really well.
The final track “Fragua” is a total departure from the rest of the tracks, it shows you just what great musicians are actually at the heart of the band, with an instrumental that is almost heartbreaking in it’s beauty and really does leave you wanting to hear more from them. A word of note is that just when you think it’s all over, the track kicks back in again, so keep listening right to the end.
Is it worth a listen?
It’s a really weird thing in many ways, listening to the hard edged, driven guitar sound, flanked by lyrics that are teeth rattlingly bellowed in their native Spanish language. Apart from the fact you might need a set of Spanish textbooks to translate the songs into English so you can have some notion of what they're talking about, it doesn’t really detract from the sound at all. Far from it, it means that they stand out just that little bit more and hearing what is, ostensibly such a graceful and florid language shouted out and bellowed in an almost blood curdling way gives it that real extra edge. It should sound comical, but it just doesn’t. From the very moment the album kicks in with “Cae” through to the end track “Fragua” it’s an aural soundscape that just finds a way of drawing you in and shaking your bones through to the core. Well worth a little bit of your
time if you want something that's a bit different.
(Reviewed by EVE)
(Reviewed by EVE)
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