Released: 2009, Somber Music
Reviewer: Alan Gilkeson
How surprising it is every time a record out of Brazil just blows me away. I never expect it, yet it happens more often than not. Miasthenia's SUPREMACIA ANCESTRAL is no exception, trembling through eight nicely produced Black Metal anthems, raging against the horrors of the Inquisition. Anger and hatred seethe through every note. Whereas the Euro Pagan anger seems to have become a bit cliche nowadays, this South American take on Black Metal is a bit refreshing, a bit more real.
Though I don't speak Portuguese, I translated some of the lyrics, discovering a concept record detailing the indigenous resistance to colonizing Europeans. Quite a task indeed, detailing events like the War of Mixton ('Guerra Do Mixton'). There's awesome atmospheric feel via the keyboards, played by vocalist Hecate, a woman with a tremendous Black Metal screech. Drums are also amazing, tight, fast at times, slow when they're supposed to be, bass jamming along. Great guitar work as well, song centered, nothing over done.
Quite honestly SUPREMACIA ANCESTRAL is a Black Metal gem, worthy of Black Metal fan ears and consideration by American and European record labels. The music is great, I'm thinking of the massive guitar solo in 'Taqui Ongo' with the double bass playing right along with it as I write. And the band is marketable, especially with a woman up front doing extreme vocals. This is something that could sell.