HistoryBorn in the heart of the drug-infested Medellin area of Colombia in 1988 Masacre released a number of crude death metal albums with Spanish lyrics. The first of these was 1989’s Colombia... Imperio Del Terror with Mauricio Montoya on drums. 1990’s Cáncer De Nuestros Días actually featured a bassist called Alejandro Saldarriaga. The 1991 Ola De Violencia demo lead to a deal with the upstart Osmose Productions in France and an album called Requiem. This album was dedicated to the dead Dead from Norway’s Mayhem. The group toured South America on the back of the album. Osmose issued a split CD, featuring the Ola De Violencia demo, for the band with Profanatica a year later. A 1993 EP, called Barbarie Y Sangre En Memoria De Cristo, demonstrated that the band is no longer contracted with Osmose as did 1995’s Sacro sophomore full-length. Masacre stated that Osmose had not paid it due royalty. The band disappeared for 6 years until a 2001 album/sign of life. 2004’s Total Death differed from its predecessors by utilizing the English language. It was recorded in 2003. It was mixed and mastered by Morbid Angel’s Erik Rutan. Total Death was distributed by Xtreem Music in Europe.
Drummer Victor Gallego died in 2005. Also dead was earlier drummer Montoya.
MASACRE - TOTAL DEATH - XTREEM
Prior to corporate magazines and Johnny-come-latelies started to call sell-out commercial acts like In Flames and Dark Tranquillity death metal the sub-genre had a timbre all its own. That belief and that attitude are unremittingly alive with Colombia's Masacre.
Last time the sounds of the brutalizers was heard at Metallian Towers was 1991's Requiem which was issued through Osmose Production. The band and album were bestial and exceedingly primitive. Fast forward to 2004 and the band is a fully developed death metal band that, while not delivering anything particularly new, performs the basics exceedingly well. In fact, Total Death (the band is not kidding here), is quite seriously excellent in sound, production, tone, lead solos and vocals. By the time track five surges forth one has no reason but to fully trust the band's "death metal forever" chant. Fact is that every song is constructed on a number of stimulating and provocative parts that are death metal at its finest. Even a song like Wrath Intense Pain manages to convince without question in spite of its relatively melodic construct.
Masacre compels one to get off the fence for there are no in-betweens. - Ali "The Metallian"