HAGALMA - SUBLEMACION

RED RIVET RECORDS

 

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This band is found in Colombia around 2007 and released two singles before entering the studio for a full length album this year. It’s their debut album, and I must confess, I haven’t heard of this band before. The single releases happened in 2008 and 2011, but both tracks can be found on this debut as well.

Hagalma is a six piece band (2 guitars, 1 bass, 1 vocals, 1 drummer and 1 keyboard player), and got signed to Red Rivet Records. They entered at Obitus Studios to record the 10 tracks and are responsible for the production of this disc. Concerning the production; I don’t know what is the common and average budget that bands in Colombia are able to spend, but in our Western standards, we are used to a much better result! That’s at some moments a real pain in the ass…

The album opens with ‘Valor Y Decision’, which has a short intro to illuminate the volcano! The vocals of Mauricio Gonzales are rather unusual and have a little female touch. In this first track, we get a lot of keyboard intermezzo’s and all musicians are going at full speed. The language is Portuguese I suppose, so I don’t understand a word… The drum parts are really interesting, as there is much variety in the skills of Andres Rodriguez!

The second track opens again with a spoken intro. I guess that audio tapes were used with certain messages from important people like leaders, politicians, scientists or is it just a fictional introduction to the song? Anyhow, it doesn’t really add something to the album or songs… ‘La Inversion de Los Actos pt.II’ is full speed ahead, with again a lot of keyboard. The next track is, translated to English, ‘Lament Among The Lilies’ which has a piano intro, but when the guitar drops in, we get a ballad-like track. At the end, we also get an instrumental track called ‘Delirium Tremens’, but this track is played at very low speed. Most of the instrumental songs that are composed have pretty good speed and pace, but not with this one. Last but not least, there is also a bonus song, called ‘Soul Prisoner’ and again we hear a spoken intro, followed by a song at really high speed. The sound quality of this bonus track is very poor, and that’s a pity…

Some parts on this album made me think on early Loudness albums. A production that is substandard, very original approach and a really typical voice combined in good craftsmanship. I wonder how they would sound with a decent production…

My rating: 76 / 100 (Review by Patrick De Sloover)  Infcted Existence (Malevolence Records)