REVIEW: Apneuma - Through Nightmare Landscapes
So here’s something a bit off the road, a Uruguayan collective that worships at the twin altars of death metal and thrash. That might well be the case, but the first song, “Full of Emptyness,” (their mistake, not mine) is pure groove metal bliss, with a teaser riff that more or less co-opts Pantera’s “A New Level” wholesale. Follow-up “Blind Agony Room” veers a bit more assuredly into thrash, although of the chunkier variety, with a cymbal production that crashes and annoys; it’s definitely heard more than it needs to be. Third track, “Crimson Tears,” is a pretty healthy midway point between Slayer and Hypocrisy. Three songs and that’s it, folks. No mess, no fuss. The vocals are a monotonous death grunt with the odd spoken-word passage, the spiraling, complex solos are possibly the best feature of the band thus far, and all indications are that this could be a whip-smart little band to support at some future date. Just mix up the vocals, work on that English a bit and see what happens!