As an American metal head, when you think of thrash metal from Brazil, I guarantee the first (and possibly only) band that comes to mind is Sepultura. This has always been the case for me. Thankfully, the last week or so has changed that perception. I have finally found out about Korzus, and I’m not sure what took me so goddamned long.
Not only is Korzus an amazing thrash metal band from Sao Paulo, Brazil, but they’re actually older than Sepultura, having formed in 1983. I don’t know why these guys don’t have the same level of popularity up here in the Northern hemisphere, because they’ve got the chops to hang with any of the thrash greats. I am unfamiliar with their discography, but after many listens of their newest release, Discipline Of Hate, I can safely say that they are currently churning out better music than many of the bands that would fall into that same “thrash greats” category. I’d also like to mention that this album is hardly “new” by any stretch, as it came out in May of 2010. Korzus is yet another band punching holes in my “2010 sucked” synopsis.
Discipline Of Hate starts with a bang in the form of a title track that successfully sets the tone for the entire album. “Discipline Of Hate” showcases Korzus’ brand of traditional thrash metal quite nicely, and I knew I was in for a treat with the rest of the album. The riffs have a strong structure and feature a fair amount of tremolo picking and triplets, and there are a few atonal solos thrown in for good measure. The drums are a solid and punishing force, and they do an excellent job of regulating the tempo from fast to breakneck. The beat synchronizes with the guitars flawlessly, and the band can seamlessly throttle a song, only to choke it and pummel you with a thrashy breakdown, as exemplified by the track “Slavery”. Other stand-out tracks for me were “Revolution”, which is a speed fest of sorts, and “Under His Command”, which was a fairly brutal song with lead guitar parts designed to send chills down your spine.
I found the vocals to be somewhat Araya-esque in the sense that they are more or less shouted rather than screamed. This fits the style perfectly, as they convey raw emotion and a sense of anger that compliments the music nicely. It would be easy to compare vocalist Marcello Pompeu to Max Cavalera, but the quality they share most is a Brazilian accent, so I’m sticking with my Slayer comparison on this one.
Overall, this is a great thrash album. It sounds like something that was good enough to come out in the 80s and be competitive, so fans of the genre should feel right at home. In that sense, it might be a little too raw for the current deathcore crowd’s taste, but I would still challenge you to check out Korzus. If Discipline Of Hate doesn’t get your blood moving at least once or twice, you might want to check your pulse, because it’s quite possible that you’re dead.
01. Discipline Of Hate
04. Raise Your Soul
05. My Enemy
07. Never Die
09. Last Memories
10. Under His Command
11. You Reap What You Sow