Martelo Negro are a band from Portugal that plays a mixture of black, death, thrash and speed metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Equinocio Espectral" which was released by HellProd.
Animal and demonic sounds start off the album and after the intro a very raw, heavy and old school kicks in along with some blast beats and a mixture of growls and screams as well as the music combining old school black, death and thrash metal together and the bass guitars also have a very powerful sound to them.
There is a great amount of energy in the bands musical sound that is very close to punk rock and the solos and leads the band uses are in a very melodic and old school metal direction and the music also brings in a perfect balance between first and second wave black metal while the death metal side of the bands musical sound is heavily influenced by the early Florida wave of this genre.
All of the music on the album sound s like it could of been recorded being 88-91 while the production gives the music a more modern sound and on one of the track they bring in a brief use of melodic chanting and some of the later tracks bring in some brutal blast beats which gives the music a more raw black metal feeling along with a great amount of early 80's speed metal in the bands guitar riffing and one of the later tracks bring in a brief use of spoken word ritualistic parts and they close the album with an outro that brings in a very dark and occult sounding synth.
Martelo Negro take the first and second waves of black metal and combine them with death, thrash and speed metal of the late 80's to early 90's variety along with the raw energy of punk rock to create the musical sound that is presented on the recording, the production has a very strong and powerful sound while the lyrics are written in a mixture of Portuguese and English and cover occult and left hand path themes.
In my opinion Martelo Negro are a very great sounding mixture of black, death, thrash and speed metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Culto Hermetico" "Born Again Antichrist" "Sworn To The Heptagram" and "Caronte". 8/5 out of 10.