Blood Harvest Records presents the highly anticipated second album of Paraguayan black/death cult Master of Cruelty, Archaic Visions of the Underworld, on vinyl LP format. In 2012, Blood Harvest released the vinyl edition of the band's debut album, Spit on the Holy Grail, a rabid 'n' ripping assault of bestial, deathly blackthrash. Now, with Archaic Visions of the Underworld, Master of Cruelty have surpassed that shockingly strong debut.
Taking all the same elements that made Spit on the Holy Grail such a hot commodity with underground diehards - stutter 'n' surge battery, tortured-tonsil exhortations, and a ceaselessly swirling carnage of riff 'n' rhythm - and amplifying them further, Master of Cruelty render Archaic Visions of the Underworld a study in what makes death and black metal from South America so special, and so enduring. Like an unholy marriage of early Morbid Angel, Vulcano, and Chile's Pentagram, Archaic Visions explodes forth in a sulfurous haze of tangible evil and otherworldly vibration; it is both mercilessly violent and also equally atmospheric.
And yet, through it all, Master of Cruelty never forget the metal aspect of the black/death cult, and command obeisance to possessed headbanging, claw-raising, and air-riffing. It's a wild ride into the very underworld itself.