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2. War Goes On
3. The Sheathed Sword
4. Envenomed To Survive
5. Calling Upon The 4 Spirits Of Knowledge
6. Chaos, Bringer Of All Revelations
7. Satan Isn't The Enemy Of Men
8. Slimy Embrio
9. March Of The Horned Ones
10. Bloodshed (The Wisdom Of Victory)
Have you ever driven across Iowa? If not, let me describe the tedium of that state for you. Iowa, although located in the Great Plains of the United States, is not entirely flat. Rather, the state is essentially a series of small, rolling hills. As you get to the apex of one hill, all you see for miles and miles ahead are more identical hills stretching clear to the horizon and presumably far beyond as well. It is precisely that topography that could describe Brazil's Horned God.
Horned God is a brutal death metal band that plays the thick, semi-technical oriented stuff that I suspect was encouraged by Morbid Angel, if you want to point some fingers. The band released an EP in 1999 under the name Sacrifice and then switched to the much more colorful, if considerably hokey, Horned God upon discovering at least ten other bands calling themselves Sacrifice. Chaos, Bringer of All Revelations, is their second full length as Horned God and what they have unleashed is the equivalent of Iowa.
This band is so intent upon creating a festering, towering wall of brutality that they left all the dynamics behind. What they created instead was a rolling series of small hills that stretch as far as the ear can hear. Lacking sharper peaks and deeper valleys, the band loses most of their impact by instead raising all their levels to one nonstop onslaught of density and brutality. Horned God apparently has no room for a subtle touch, which is aptly demonstrated by such titles as "Satan Isn't the Enemy of Men" or "War Goes On". The band does occasionally whip out a Slayer-esque riff ("Calling on the 4 Spirits of Knowledge") or a couple really sharp solos, but on the whole there is little on this album that allows it to stand out within the din. Lacking the ability to play anything but one musical idea, Horned God is the equivalent of an endless drive across the most unexciting state in the US.
Review by John Chedsey
Review date: 11/2003