MYSTIFIER - Tormenting The Holy Trinity CD
In the 80’s and early 90’s, Mystifier were a truly magnificent band, who made some of the finest black metal that the genre has ever seen, and Tormenting the Holy Trinity is a good example why. Additionally, it also shows the first and logical step towards what would become the mighty Mystifier, and the brilliance they would achieve a little later on. A little before Mystifier’s inception, there were a lot of bands coming from Brazil such as Vulcano, Expulser, Genocidio, Sextrash etc, that all played their own take on the thrash metal genre and fused it with death metal and in some cases, early black metal. It was Mystifier’s disregard for what a lot of their local contemporaries were doing by playing a unique form of relentless and bestial black metal that made them one of Brazil’s most notable ugly ducklings. One does not listen to this demo expecting diversity, stellar musicianship, or anything too mind-boggling. This recording is meant to be taken in for what it is, which is the first step towards what would become the brilliance shown on their next two full lengths. But if you have a love for raw, primal and filthy metal, then none of this matters, because it is a highly enjoyable recording for anyone into this sound. What may be considered flaws by some listeners who simply can not handle the rawer side of metal, are seen as beneficial factors for us who can. Still to this day, Tormenting the Holy Trinity is revered not only as a classic demo, but also as an essential piece in the history of Brazilian extreme metal. Highly recommended.