2013 Razorback Records
Bands with lyrics inspired by HP Lovecraft are more or less a dime a dozen these days. But take those lyrics and put them in Spanish, and you've got something far more occult than you may have planned on. I don't know what it is, but death metal bands that sing in Spanish always end up sounding far more evil. Maybe it's not a coincidence that the movie, "Tombs of the Blind Dead," also comes to us by way of Spain. Now you can call Oniricous "old school death metal," but it's probably not the kind you're thinking of. This is the kind of metal we used to hear from bands like Possessed, Sacrifice, and yes... Death (on "Scream Bloody Gore," of course). So yeah, older than old school, bitches. Armed with loads of razor sharp riffs, vocals that come from a half-man, half-wolf, and a nice thick production, "Ritos Diabolicos" is an album not to be missed. Expect this album to be virtually ignored by all those big-name metal magazines at the end of the year when they're making their "best of 2013" lists. They're all too busy wanking over the new Carcass album to take notice of something far more killer like this! On a side note, I found out that Oniricous came out of another band called Ghül. They have an album from 2009 called "Los Horrores de la Tumba." I'd love to track down a copy, but only 100 of them are in existence.