“Crueza Ferina”, meaning “ferocious cruelty”, is the sixth full-length album from legendary Portuguese purveyors of extremity, pioneers of brutality, Holocausto Canibal. Featuring nineteen tracks of flesh rending brutal death metal and skin flaying grind, “Crueza Ferina” is utterly unstoppable and completely irresistible. From the monstrous punk grooves and torturous hooks of “Campas Do Negro Breu” to the gritted teeth insanity of “Miasmas Onanizantes” and the boiling rage of “Ęxodo Mortuoso”, which is graced by an unholy solo from Immolation man Bob Vigna, this is the sound of a veteran band operating at the peak of their considerable powers. A quarter of a century into a remarkable career Holocausto Canibal are harder, heavier and better than ever before. Produced and engineered by João Ribeiro and mastered by Brad Boatright (Abstracter, Black Breath, Corrosion Of Conformity etc) at Audiosiege Studios, Crueza Ferina sounds absolutely devastating – each riff with the power to punch through walls.
Eschewing their customary album artwork of gore and guts Crueza Ferina is adorned in the shocking image of a dead pig, killed in a barbaric ritual of traditional slaughter. Far from their sadistic imaginations turning to the torture of animals though, Holocausto Canibal have embraced a vegan philosophy, with bassist Z. Pedro telling Loud Magazine in a recent interview “for us, the only blood we continue to accept to see is human”. They remain as unflinching and uncompromising as ever!