Album Title: Black Heart
Genre/ Subgenre: Black Metal/ Blackened Thrash Metal/ Traditional Metal
Label: Greyhaze Records
Doomsday Ceremony is a Brazilian band that mixes black metal with thrash and traditional metal to deliver some amazing sounding music. They have been around since the year 2000. This album, Black Heart, is actually their second release. They started working on it in 2011 and didn't finish it till early 2012. The album is set to be released on April 22, 2016 worldwide by Greyhaze Records. And, let me tell you, this fucker totally rips!!
Thrash style speed mixes excellently with the soaring melody from the twin guitar attack of Rieche and Ciriato. There is a wonderful flowing and shredding sound that comes from this extremely talented duo that showcases a real love for both NWOBHM and thrash that should definitely appeal to older school fans. Meanwhile, the lyrical content and feel of the album give it that nice and evil black metal edge. Vocalist Moloch further ensures it's inclusion in the black metal world with his raspy vocals. Meanwhile, drummer Wolff keeps things fast and searing, with some blastbeats to further mix things up.
The resulting product is one of the most exciting and refreshing sounding albums I have yet, to hear this year. It opens up with the dark melodic heaviness and speed of "Vultures of War", and just keeps going from there. The groove filled "Voice of the Darkness" has this very cool midsection where the music turns to midtempo crunching and it plays excellently when coupled with the vocals. Other highlights include the melodic speed of "Slaves of Sin" and absolutely awesome title track. The later includes an anthemic lyric when they say that they are "Warriors of black metal" That line right there is the coolest fucking thing I have yet to hear in 2016.
I can't stop listening to Black Heart. It's an amazing, ass kicking album that I highly recommend to fans of bands like Immortal, Mercyful Fate, and Skeletonwitch. In all, Doomsday Ceremony and this album are a fucking amazing export from Brazil!
****1/2 out of *****