Theriomorphic - _Enter the Mighty Theriomorphic_
(Exorcize Music, 2005)
by: Quentin Kalis (8.5 out of 10)
Portugal can boast of a number of black metal bands: Corpus Christii, Alastor and Decayed -- even early Moonspell. But other genres from the Lusitanian land have been in rather short supply, so it's good to see that bands such as Theriomorphic are setting the pace for Mediterranean death metal.

Over the course of seven songs, Theriomorphic present an interpretation of death metal that is dynamic, punchy and nearly uniformly ferocious -- the token arpeggios really do little to mitigate their potency. An acceptable production means that their true worth is not compromised by bathroom aesthetics. They are not the most original of bands, but they do what they do with such conviction and vigour that I really couldn't care less. Theriomorphic must be a killer live act, but one department which they could improve is the layout: the band photo looks more like a troupe of blackface comedians from the 1920s than escapees from Hades.

This was the first CD to land in my post-box in the new year and consequently was the first new music I heard this year. There are worse ways to start the new year.


(article published 8/3/2007)

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