Review of the Album Merciless Destiny by Colombian Death and Thrash Metal Band God of Lies
Yes There Is Thrash Metal In Colombia
If you are reading this you’re probably shocked like no other time in your life to see a review about a heavy metal band from Columbia! I was a little bit surprised but I am more interested to explore about heavy metal in this South American nation and I am glad that I did! God of Lies is a death and thrash metal band from Medellin, Columbia and they have been active since 2009. They have only one studio album to their credit so far and it is called Merciless Destiny. Even if the date of this review (October 24, 2019) may not be significant for most people, it is significant for the fact that other people around the world will get to know that in fact, Columbia has more than just good soccer players.
Merciless Destiny the Album
The album opens up with the weird title track that builds up into a thrash metal song that speeds up gradually as the song is influenced by guess who? They sound like Kreator of course as the guitar work sounds very similar to those guys. The vocals are very much like a raspy death metal vocalist as the song lyrically talks about the end of the world. “He Controls the World” starts out being like a modern version of Slayer and Kreator. The song lyrically is about a person that has fire in his eyes and scorn in his heart and he is ready to bring pain upon the world. I hear a Kalmah influence. Those of you that are familiar with that band will know that they eventually switched to a rough vocal style that we hear in this song. There is no reason not to expect Columbia to not at least grow moderately in the heavy metal genre. Thrash Metal Commander in Chief starts out with some muffled spoken part along with drums and then the song speeds up. There is sort of the kind of feel musically that we heard from the band Witchery so the band God of Lies is diverse in their influences which should win for them a decent fan following. “Children of War” starts out musically with the feel of the song called “All Nightmare Long.” The riffing isn’t exactly the same but the style of this song is similar. I hear another Kalmah influence here because of the rough growls once again. The song lyrically also tells us of the pain that children go through as a result of war and this war corrupts the world. “The Final Attack” starts with a more mid-tempo structure as the song lyrically tells of the idea that brave men should go to battle for their lives or perhaps their country. “Beyond the Death” is a song that is definitely influenced by Slayer for those of you that remember the album South of Heaven.
There Is Little to Complain About With This Album
The only real con about this album is that the raspy vocals make it hard to decipher what is being said. Desolation is the instrumental piece that ends this solid work of death and thrash metal. Overall, Merciless Destiny has plenty of melody and the riffs are decent.
© 2019 Ara Vahanian