Claustrofobia and Expose Your Hate…Posted on Thursday, June 29th, 2006 @ 11:40am » permalink
I think it's been about four years since Claustrofobia released their last full-length, but the Brazilian thrash act is finally back with "Fulminant". I reviewed the band's sophomore effort, "Thrasher", about three years ago, and while I really liked it, something about the material didn't hold up quite as well over time for some reason. Well, whatever the case, I'm pleased to report that "Fulminant" is a stronger album across the board. The recording is a little more organic and well-rounded, the songwriting is more memorable and diverse, etc. Claustrofobia's overall sound is one of early- to mid-90's thrash metal in that you can hear leftover riffs from the classic vibe of the 80's heyday, but the general presentation is heavier and has just the right amount of tactful groove in place. This time around they're also introducing some sick dissonant textures and a few weirder lead breaks and time signatures to further break away from any accusations of a "retro" approach, though aficionados of the good ol' days should still find plenty to smile about on this album. It's cool because the band has finally managed to perfectly blend the old and the new in a manner that remains fairly energetic and in your face, and unlike many such acts flirting with these particular areas they do so without relying on death metal riffs or tangible melody, which is great. The end result really does start to put Claustrofobia in a league of their own – and I honestly wish more bands could find it within themselves to follow suit, because there's not enough of this kind of thing out there these days! Oh, and "Eu Quero é Que se Foda" below even features a guest solo from the one and only Andreas Kisser, just so you know.
As with many relatively obscure bands from South American countries, it might be a little tricky to get your hands on this CD here in the US, though steps are being taken to improve that situation. For the time being you can email the band about ordering a copy directly from them, or try to get in touch with [email protected] if you need some help acquiring the disc. There are currently only two online vendors carrying/slated to carry the CD (the latter is in North America but probably won't have the album on hand until August):