Tales From The Black Book
Review by JD on May 26, 2009.
Old school Black/Thrash Metal has come creeping out of the darkened corners of the Brazilian scene from a band that has been around a time or two... ah, I love these sort of albums when they cross my desk. Makes me feel... alive again.
Vulcano have been around for a very long time, around 1982 or 83 by my rather exhaustive research I have done. Sadly. I am finally having the pure pleasure of hearing this Brazilian metal icons for the very first time... and dammit, I am glad to finally be hearing these guys in all of their darkened glory.
Taking their musical cues from all of the classic metal like Venom, Grave Digger and all of the other 80's Thrash and Black Metal that could come to mind... they take you back to when Black Metal was very heavy yet had this rawness that was refreshing but still really scared your parents to death.. Vulcano is not the normal blowtorch in-the-throat vocal stylings or the screaming and demented detuned guitar mayhem that is associated with today's crop of Black Metal that comes from all corners of our globe... yet I find Vulcano to be more satisfying than any other band out there.
Songs like 'The Bells Of Death' and the very shocking 'The Sign Carved On The Door' are scary, full of heaviness yet holds you at every turn... making most of the songs as well seem so fluidly memorable while sinking you into the dark chasm called Hades. That is the sign of a band hitting their strides. Pretty good for a band that never sung a single word in English with the first albums out.
Vulcano are heavy while still giving some very memorable and honestly meaty hooks as well... but they do it all with the fire. They bring back that long missed heyday of the original BM style that attracted me in the first place , yet never once seemed out of date or cartoonish... they seem fresh and out to make you bang your head a time or two (Two thousand plus I would estimate). They are doing it proudly, and is displaying that they are worthy of a look.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 7.7 out of 10