Korzus – Discipline of Hate (AFM Records)

Tuesday, 19th March 2013
Rating: 7/10

This Brazilian thrash act has been a part of the scene since 1983 as one of the pioneers of the movement along with Sepultura and Sarcofago. Attempting to break in the US market like some of their peers, they’ve been very deliberate in terms of releasing new product as Discipline of Hate is their first new studio album in six years.

These 11 songs rumble along with slight nods to American acts such as Grip Inc. and Forbidden, especially in terms of the desperate Marcello Pompeu vocal delivery and the furious double-bass footwork from Rodrigo Oliveira. When they decide to keep the arrangements at a steadier mid-tempo pace, tracks like “You Reap What You Sow” and “Raise Your Soul” even venture into slightly New York hardcore territory.

I feel Korzus excel when they just put their heads down and keep the tempos and riffs flowing at bullet train precision: the best examples being the title track and “2012” where they reach back into the time machine and evoke memories of late 80’s thrash. Overall, you won’t hear much on this album that just jumps out and makes you hit repeat for that out of sight riff or dynamic persistent groove you need to hear incessantly.

Workman-like, Korzus has the chemistry and ability to appeal to basic hordes from Brazil and beyond. I just can’t see the new generation really understanding what they’ll be able to get out of Discipline of Hate that they don’t already hear better from Beneath the Remains or Power of Inner Strength.

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(This content originally appeared on Blistering.com)