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Lago - Marianas

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Arbitrary Conflict
Center Of A Wounded Nation

Type: EP
Release Date: November 7th, 2010
Label: Pale Horse Recordings
Categories: Black, Death

MetalBite Review by JD on 6/16/2012
You know... I have been seeing a trend happening lately. Mixing old school and new school metal into a cohesive melding. I find that fucking exciting as all hell - and perfect for todays metal scene. Let me put out there a band that truly does this seamlessly and with a dump truck load of talent and a huge amount of attitude to drive it. The name is Lago and you need to remember this name well.

Hailing from one of the new hotbed of metal, Phoenix Arizona, comes a mind melting Death Metal band that is challenging the status quo in the genre. Combining wicked Old School Death Metal like Morbid Angel with more up to date stuff like GraVil, they mash the two together in such a way that is it hard not to notice it. Brutality and musicianship collide, and that is the best thing ever.

As an EP, Lagoís "Marianas" is a violent ball-buster despite offering only five songs and clocking in at a light twenty minutes. With sheer power that is matched by the ferocity that Lago plays with, they come across as a straight ahead Death Metal band but has way more to offer up than a wall of distorted riffing chaos and blood splattered lyrics. They offer up traditional DM and add in that originality that comes from within. My favorite song happens to be the looming heaviness and lyrical smartness of 'Youma', one of the impressive slabs of Death I have heard in years.

This is a young band that have old metal souls and that makes their future look amazingly bright. They just have made what Death Metal needed... something to fill the gap between Old and New School that is original, honest and bone crushing heavy. Lago is a band that is true to themselves and metalheads around the globe. A formula for long term success.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 9.5
Atmosphere: 10
Production: 9
Originality: 9.5
Overall: 9

Rating: 9.4 out of 10