Artist: Headhunter D.C.
Album Title: God's Spreading Cancer
Label: Obscure Domain
This is the fourth full-length album from Headhunter D.C., a Brazilian band playing death metal.
The production here is much cleaner than on their previous albums, but there's more than enough distortion to keep me happy, especially on the vicious snarled vocals. The drums are crisp, yet not over-produced. There's a heavy-metal touch to the guitar tone on the solos, which is especially great, and I like the bass tone as well; it manages to be audible even during the blasting parts.
The intro is worth mentioning -- it's a very cool combination of blasphemous spoken-word parts and bombastic keyboards which brings to mind old Acheron. It breaks immediately into blasting, snarling death metal, and this album never looks back from there. The riffing here is impossibly catchy and chunky, and every song is chock-full of it. On top of that, the song structures are memorable and epic, giving this album plenty of replay value. Songs like "Stillborn Messiah" and "Abortion of Souls" are a bit more straightforward, but "Contemplation (To The Fire)" and "Inner Demons Rise!" are the perfect balance between epic songwriting and headbanging parts... and the discerning listener will find a surprising amount of complexity in the short songs, as well.
This is undoubtedly one of the best death metal records in recent years; these guys are still putting out killer records twenty years after they started! Highly recommended.
Standout tracks: "God Is Dead", "Black Miracle", "God's Spreading Cancer"