Three decades after the release of the essential Warfare Noise compilation, on which the band contributed two of its earliest songs, Holocausto triumphantly returns to its earlier pioneering sound with its original lineup of Rodrigo Fuhrer (vocals), Valério Exterminator (guitars), Anderson Guerrilheiro (bass and vocals), and Nedson Warfare (drums). Nuclear War Now! is honored to have been chosen to play an integral role in Holocausto's resurrection, with this release of War Metal Massacre, the band's sixth album, but only the first since its debut to follow in the Minas Gerais deathcore tradition.
Although it is short by modern standards, this album overcompensates in intensity for what it lacks in length, delivering one of the most remarkable and authentic recordings of a reunited metal band in memory. The first three songs, which comprise Side A of the LP, are re-recordings of the Massacre demo tracks from 1985 and the two tracks first committed to tape on the Warfare Noise compilation from 1986. A quick comparison between one of these reinterpreted songs and its original version immediately verifies the band's return to its roots. Even more importantly, the three new songs on the album confirm Holocausto's ability to have recaptured its original, feral songwriting capacity.
Immediately following the ominous air raid sirens of the intro to Side B, "Eu Sou a Guerra" launches into the same unbridled havoc that characterized their early recordings and one which reflects the orchestrated chaos of true warfare. This aural fury, which appropriately earns the band's sound the often-misplaced moniker of "war metal," continues throughout the remainder of the album, a fact which is certain to please the strictest conservationists of old Brazilian black metal. In short, War Metal Massacre heralds the second-coming of a band and sound that until now had been expected to exist only as a relic of the past.