It took three years for Polish Stillborn
to get back on tracks after the relative deception in 2008 of their "Tribute to Unholy
Meta” Esta Rebelion Es Eterna
. Consisting of five almost too generic Blackened Death Metal
tracks and a few not that brilliant covers, the scene had not really adopted Stillborn
’s late effort especially considering that their first two full-lengths were of much better quality.
As Los Asesinos del Sur
now hits the shelves and is available through Pagan
Records, hopes were high to see Stillborn
come back with better material but also most people were wondering if the band could get back on the right track.
The answer is damn simple. They haven't got back on the right track. They destroyed it. Los Asesinos del Sur
is not only in every way superior to Esta Rebelion Es Eterna
, it is superior even to the rest of their discography.
Not relying any longer on the “Brutal
" but yet too generic sound coming from the Hertz studio, the band chose to record instead in Polish Kwart Studio, Ataman Tolovy now completely involved in the production and mix phases of the record. The result is then very much personal and while some may fear that the ultrablasting violence of the renowned Hertz studio may be lost, Stillborn
make up for it in the best possible way. Not relying so much on ultra digital production that make most of nowadays recent records a maelstrom of brutal tones assembled almost in a mathematical way, Los Asesinos del Sur
kills you right on the spot with its heavier-than-thou and almost raw production.
Talking about Ataman Tolovy, Stillborn
’s vocalist, let’s just add that he no longer relies on standardized Death Metal
/ Black Metal
vocals as he used to. Now he’s way beyond that. He basically spits and vomits all his hate and it shows. The vocals are for the most part intelligible and with songs like Blood
of the Whores, it feels as if Satan
were talking directly to you. The experience is thrilling!
Another good and positive aspect of Stillborn
’s latest blasphemy is that none of the songs are filler material. While the first two records were pretty badass already, they shared this tendency to feature killer material with just ok songs. None of this here. Each and every song is definitely essential; from the opener Hymn
of the Whores, all the tracks are peculiarly great and it’s only tracks that are close to perfection which stand out among the great rest.
This proves again that a band, should it wish so, has always the potential not only to come back but to surpass itself. Some bands that release their full-length as if it were calendars each and every year could very well learn from Stillborn
. Sometimes it's best to let things sleep in and let your rage build up to its climax. More
than ever this does not feel like the rebirth of Stillborn
(fucking pun intended!) but really their god damned birth. They've touched the essence of evil here and I can only wish that they have a tight grip on it. Get it, you weaklings!