Even though the bulging North-American metal scene gets most of the attention, one should be careful to forget that hordes of excellent extreme metal bands that also exist south of the endless miles of fences parting USA and Mexico. The Brazilian thrash metal legends Sepultura might be the most famous from the continent, but the neighbouring country to the north-west, Colombia, can also proclaim a bunch of bands dreaming about a society damnated to black leather metal – to paraphrase a classic Witchtrap track.
The pioneers of Parabellum were paving the crucial road for Latin-American death metal in the early 80’s, and during the following years a lot of other Columbian bands followed their footsteps: Reencarnación, Masacre and Dark Millenium, to name a few. However, in 1994 the latter made a decision to make a defining move to frenzied thrash metal, changing their name to Witchtrap.
During the 20 years that have passed, the hairline of vocalist, guitarist and band founder B.A. Ripper have been receding increasingly – albeit without any signs of a mid-life crisis taking hold of the trio’s musicianship. In contrast to the recent output of the genre colossals Metallica, Witchtrap’s latest full-length (Vengeance Is My Name; 2012) is full of the energy you’ll primarily hear in bands half their age. And we haven’t even started talking about how rock solid they sound on the stage.
Procession were formed in Chile (and now established in Sweden), Procession plays crushing heavy doom metal in the vein of Black Sabbath, Candlemass, Count Raven, Solstice, etc. since 2006.
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Text: Kim Klev