Sarcofago – Rotting (2014 Reissue) – Sarcofago is a Brazilian metal act that needs no introduction. This day and age they’re calling it black/death/thrash, but I’m sure that’s not how they referred to it in 1989. The disc really is a landmark release for good reason, and only imitators will follow. The drumming was ferocious, and the vocal lines even more so. I don’t even think Joker is capable of this stuff anymore, so it’s a testament to what is very much his life’s work. He really hated Christianity (Not sure how he feels about it now) and this record seems to exemplify that. But it is more than just a record of speed and strength, as the disc has a sort of warm texture to it that makes it stand out leaps and bounds over many of these imitators. You see, some bands can only make an album that captures half or even a quarter of this style, but when you listen to these progenitors and see how many changes in song structure appear on the release, you’ll understand exactly what I mean. Chances are that I don’t even have to tell you to check out this record and that you’ve already got it in your collection somewhere along with the rest of them. It’s a fucking classic, from a fucking classic act that will never come around again. If you’re just now hearing this album, then go get INRI as well and work your way up from there. This is what happened when Slayer and Mercyful Fate got channeled from Brazil, and you’ll never forget it.
(6 Tracks, 33:00)