Se viene “Memento Mori”

Para noviembre de 2014 ATHANATOR culminaba la extensa promoción de sus dos últimos álbums: “Architect of Disaster” y el compilatorio “Antología de la Muerte”, para refugiarse en su guarida al occidente de la ciudad de Medellín e iniciar la creación de lo que sería su próximo trabajo a plasmar en la escena artística. Pero se vinieron situaciones adversas que paradojicamente nunca creyeron que sucederían con el tema predilecto en sus composiciones: la muerte!


En septiembre de 2015, durante el proceso creativo, la banda se vió afectada por el fallecimiento inesperado de su productor y soporte musical durante muchos años: José Uribe. Les deja un vacío profundo que frena la actividad de la banda, generando desorientación e inconclusa la nueva propuesta. Entonces Jaime Ocampo y Kike Ramirez deciden tomar las riendas al proyecto y reinician en navidad sus composiciones guiados por el legado de su tutor, buscando crear un album lleno de líricas extremas, directas y agresivas expresadas en una voz fuerte que va desde lo baritono a lo gutural, cargadas con sonidos marchantes con un soporte de buenos riffs creados a la vieja escuela del thrash metal.

Pero su album se volvió a frenar en el 2017 cuando Jaime, voz líder y guitarrista de la banda sufre un grave accidente de tránsito que le permitió tener cerca “la sonrisa de la muerte” (Smile of the Death). Una tragedia que lo retira por varios meses de sus actividades. En su lenta recuperación, le permitió dedicarse a la composición de otros temas que dieron la inspiración y nombre al nuevo album: “Memento Mori” (Momento de Morir), basado en lo que afrontas cuando estás al borde del ocaso.


Se destacan temas como el lanzado en video inicialmente “Die by Corruption”, “Femicide” y “Paradojas”, con líricas muy acorde a lo que sucede en nuestra sociedad actual. Igualmente resaltamos varios temas rápidos y complejos en sus acordes como “Death Before Deshonor”, “For Those Who Walked Before us”, “Redemption”, “Memento Mori” y el bonus track que deja José Uribe “I´m the Witness”. Además tonadas bastante densas como “Secuestro” y “Mass Grave”. “Memento Mori”, fue grabado con la más alta tecnología existente, combinando técnicas acústicas de estilo muy organico o natural, apto para todos sus fans que gustan del sonido actual aplicado a la usansa clásica. Su portada fue diseñada por el maestro Julián Mora, un artista que mezcla tecnología digital y artes gráficas para realizar un trabajo excepcional, siendo lo ideal para soportar los 11 temas del más puro metal para el sello Hateworks de Manizales!

Así, “Memento Mori” se convierte en el ícono de mayor dificultad para la banda y quizás la obra maestra de los ya casi 29 años de carrera artística.

Disponible ahora en nuestro store

Un álbum dedicado a todos sus seguidores en el mundo!


Athanator – The Perfect Enemy / Architect of Disaster

Athanator – The Perfect Enemy / Architect of Disaster.

Thoughs in the British Fields for last 2 albums. Here a review for ATHANATOR that was made in the Ring Master Review

athanator pic

Though Athanator was a name often on the wind surrounding our ears the RR had never taken the plunge and investigated the band further despite their mention always coming in positive and strong declarations. Thanks to an email from Alberto Arias of their Columbian label LIXO Sonido & Discos the chance to remedy that fell into our laps as two of their albums The Perfect Enemy and Architect of Disaster were sent our way for covering. Neither is new, from 2006 and 2009 respectively, but such their quality and compelling persuasion another of our intermittent retrospective reviews was definitely the order of the day.

Hailing from Medellin, Colombia, Athanator formed in 1989 and was soon one of the biggest draws on the country’s metal underground scene. Demo recordings began building an emerging stature for the band with the usual line-up shuffles many bands go through adding spice to the progress of the band. 2000 saw the band release debut album Rise the Death which not only cemented the band’s place in the passions of the underground but sparked wider world awareness for their contagious melody fuelled thrash metal. A place on Raise The Slaughter- A Tribute to Slayer in 2002 only brought greater recognition upon the quartet leading the band to selling out numerous shows and supporting German thrashers Destruction, whilst second album Earth of Blood, a release bursting with old school thrash might, pushed the band further into the sight of the world before the two albums concentrated on here sealed the deal and set  the band one of the best emerging metal bands not only from South America but the genre itself.

The Perfect Enemy instantly warns the ear with the first track’s war zone introduction. Thoughts On The Battlefield then erupts into viewathanator and into a charge of thumping rhythms and explosive riffs; its eager and hungry assault gnawing the ear to spark an immediate appetite for release and sound. As the hoarse vocals ofJaime Ocampo graze the senses from within the fiery and greedy exploits of his and Eder Zapata’s guitar enterprise, the track brings the prime essences of Slayer and Anthrax into a keen and potent mix. It is maybe not the most staggering start but is the perfect appetiser for the likes of the rapacious Fill Your Heart With Fury and the predatoryUnsocial God to build upon. The first of the pair employs essential grooves into its adrenaline driven riff attack with the vocals finding an even more impressive position at the heart of the climactic song. The bass of Kike Ramirez enjoyably grumbles and prowls gloriously throughout song and album whilst the drums ofJuan Carlos Sanchez, which for personal tastes are given a weak tinny production, cages it all with flare and skilled eagerness.

The third song on the album is a trigger to greater things on the release, its imaginative welcome and twists bringing a varied slant to sound and release. There is a Metallica like whisper through its emerging shadows and riveting sonic premise whilst Cavalera Conspiracy intimidation teases across the restrained but potent provocation. This new level is matched by the creative riots of Purifiedand the scintillating Gallery Of Dreams whilst Smile Of The Death with riffs and rhythms flying from its core like missiles steals top honours on the album with its mix of Static X and Megadeth seeded invention. After a more than decent startThe Perfect Enemy evolves into one fine thrash/metal album finishing with another triumph in the mighty shape of Hatred In Shater.

architect     Its successor Architect of Disaster again opens with a scene setting breath, this time an industrialised haunting atmosphere generating menace and fear. It leads into first songMorbid Fear with evocative hues which seamlessly evolve into confrontational jaws of the opener. Instantly there feels a darker more predacious energy and breath to the album than its predecessor which soaks the song with formidable intensity. Like on the previous album the opening song is a very solid and welcoming encounter which awakens the senses for following songs to exploit better, though it should be noted the guitar play and spicy latter hooks offered are pure addiction.

The following tempest of The Army Of Death raises the temperature and intimidation higher whilst the likes of Scarred For Life and Method To The Madnesswhip up deeper passion for their destructive temptations. The first of the two songs grinds away at the emotions and body with grinding grooves and rabid riffs whilst the drums of Repe Mejia, the only change in the line-up to the last album, punch and slap the ear as a mighty hunger for the album breaks loose, soon to be satisfied by the blistering storm of the second of the pair. As it taunts and drags the passions into its anthemic fire thoughts of Testament and Kreator are no strangers but as before it is fair to say the song and sound is distinctly Athanator’s.

There is an open maturity and adventure pinning this album to the wall of glory, a thrilling build on the previous impressive endeavours. Tracks like the viciously tantalising Into The Shadows and the even more malicious Void bring the album to another powerful and intensive climax which the throaty bass lure and lethal swing of No Room For Error and the brilliant closing title track endorse passionately. Best track on the album with vocals, riffs, and rhythms enslaving the passions in a defined brawl of creative ferocity, it leaves body and mind declaring Athanator as eternally welcome violators.

Both the Jose Uribe produced albums are tremendous and if like us you have been slow to catch on to the might of Athanator they are the essential gateway to their impressive presence. Though The Perfect Enemy probably has the greater individual moments in its body Architect of Disaster, which comes with an equally exciting live DVD, is the stronger and more accomplished of the two, but truthfully both leave even current thrash releases floundering in their wake.

The Perfect Enemy 8.5/10

Architect of Disaster 9/10

RingMaster 28/08/2013

Copyright RingMaster: MyFreeCopyright

Listen to the best independent music and artists on The RingMaster Review Radio Show and The Bone Orchard from