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Psicorragia : La Pasión De Lo Mortal

The Peruvian band Psicorragia mentioned in the accompanying letter that they did not exclusively play Doom-metal and that their sound is a mix of various styles. I think that was a slight understatement, they don't play doom at all and that's that! I understand that small underground bands sometimes, just to get attention, apply every label name to themselves. But, even with the ongoing discussion about what is doom and what is not, it sometimes strikes me as odd how some bands will apply the label doom to themselves. But if we look beyond this "minor detail", they actually created a really nice album and they obviously went through a lot of trouble for it (how often do you see a metal band from Peru with an actual CD out?).

So if they aren't doom, what are they then? Well, unfortunately that answer is slightly more difficult. If I were to keep it simple, I would describe them as Death-metal with avant-garde elements and a definite South American feel to them.

Personally I am not that charmed by the more up-tempo and aggressive death-metal sections. I do however love the wild experimentation and mixtures of styles. The fact that some songs actually sound truly South American, is also a plus point. After all you don't hear this a lot and it seems to work well.

Unfortunately, their music does sound slightly unfocused at times. Every so often during this album, I have the feeling that Psicorragia's members just play what comes to mind right at that moment. As if one of them discovers this cool riff that just needs to be used, right there and then. It can suffocate the songs a bit at times and leave them unstructured.

However if you are an open-minded fan of the darker types of metal, it might be worth to check out this Peruvian band. It is rare to see such a young band write such an original and generally very enjoyable music. There are also plenty of slower and sad emotional breaks in the music (mainly due to a violin). So while this is not doom, I would say this is more than worth checking out despite their "youthful enthusiasm". Especially the song 'Nuestro Rio de Recuerdos' will appeal to a lot of fans of romantic death/doom.

If you want to get in touch with the band you can reach them through e-mail at psicorragia@hotmail.com.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Vagitus
2. Padecer Sólamente
3. Otoño
4. Nuestro Rio de Recuerdos
5. Estrofas a la Muerte
6. Amén
7. La Misma Historia
8. Aspid

Duration : Approx. 43 minutes

Visit the Psicorragia bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
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