Playing in the vein of post black metal is Ocerco and their new EP off of Signal Rex is A Desolação. Split between three tracks is twenty minutes of raw and incredibly atmospheric black metal. Each song flows together very well and without so much as a break, Ocerco hits you with cold and blasphemous black metal through the release. Through this EP you get a brooding nightmare that consumes you with the horrors of nature. A Desolação is of a raw breed of black metal and Ocerco makes that well known.
A Desolação never stays consistent and is an ever changing twisting mass of harrowing black metal. Ocerco takes you through twists and turns all throughout as they never keep the same tempo for very long. You can’t pin point what this band will do next as they transition from a brooding slower tempo to a quicker blistering one in a heartbeat.
A Desolação is an encompassing EP that shrouds you in bleakness and a bone splintering cold. Piled into these three songs is a ton of atmosphere as well that takes you through shivering forests and dismal fog. If the metal alone doesn’t make you feel isolated and alone, the atmosphere certainly will.
All through this EP you get harsh riffs, solid and pounding drumming, rumbling and thick bass lines and a vocal performance that sears itself into your ear drum for quite some time. There isn’t any way that you can wriggle your way from the accosting nature of this release as Ocerco make their brand of black metal and the soundscapes as uninhabitable as possible.
Though A Desolação seems short, there are twenty minutes spread between a short supply of songs. Within these songs you get plenty of everything that you look for in a black metal album. It is a solid release and a teaser of what is to come, and now we wait before a full length appears from these Portuguese sinners.