|Review: Corretja - Life Aggressively|
Year released: 2019
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Review online: March 20, 2019
Reviewed by: Bruno Medeiros
Rated 4.29/5 (85.71%) (7 Votes)
These New Yorkers have been at it for quite some time now, but even with their weird name I had never heard of Corretja before the promo came to me a few months back. While the cover artwork seems to have come out of a Crossover/Thrash band, the dudes sound like a mix of a more technical Children of Bodom with an Insomnium-like atmosphere, which can be seen throughout the five original tracks here. The more extreme parts resemble something out of an Amon Amarth record—minus all the Viking crap—like the opening track "Crimson Son" and the best one, "Destroyer of Worlds", and the highly technical playing allied with sober keyboards make the melodic parts sound well crafted and not too cheesy. But it's when they go bonkers that the trio truly shines. "Truman's Curse" shows exactly that, being powerful, brutal and batshit crazy at the same time; an awesome display of Death Metal experimentation.
There are seven covers here as well from bands that range from Tori Amos to Sisters of Mercy, and even a strange-as-fuck mash-up between a track called "1-800-Suicide" from a hip hop band called Gravediggaz and At the Gates' "Suicide Nation". The final product of this mash-up is so fucked up that it actually works.
All in all, this would be an awesome EP had the band left most of the covers out, as seven seems like an exaggeration to me. The five original tracks are ace, though, and I'm glad that I got the chance to know yet another cool underground band that's trying to earn their place. Now, straight to their back catalogue I go.
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