Review: Vibrion – Bacterya

Posted: May 17, 2016 in Reviews
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Argentinean legends Vibrion have returned with ‘Bacterya’, their new record and first for Xtreem Records. Xtreem has a reputation for putting out some high quality death metal and ‘Bacterya’ looks to be another great addition to their roster. Vibrion’s last full length was almost 20 years ago, so this has been a long time in coming.

Opener ‘Day of Replication’ reeks of vintage death metal fury, borrowing liberally from the fetid swamp of early 90s Florida. There’s also touches of Immolation in the swaying crush, and the bottom end is thunderously heavy. Vibrion are a relentless killing machine, whether in the bulldozing ‘The Worm Immune’ or the unholy rumblings of ‘Ill Essentia’. Almost two decades has not dulled their axes, which are hewn from the sharpest riffs. The title track could have lurked as a B-side on Morbid Angel’s ‘Covenant’, with its menacing swaying chug.

‘Bacterya’ is a melting pot of classic death metal influences, wrought into interesting new forms by these legendary stalwarts. Injecting that traditional South American fury into the assault works well, with the chugging ‘Hidden Plague Disseminator’ being a particular stand out with its off kilter time signatures. Vibrion are a band whose legacy may just be reexamined after this record, as ‘Bacterya’ is a great no nonsense death metal record full of riffs. Let’s hope they can be recognised for what they are, which is a kickass band!


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