It’s amazing how two identical bands share the same influences in music, the same country of origin and yet sound distinctively different from each other. Offal and Zombie Cookbook are both from Brazil and they both play a form of primitive death metal with grindcore overtones. They came together earlier this year to release a short split through Black Hole Productions. This split is a good little collection of old school death metal from two bands that are so similar to each other, but with characters of their own.
First up is Offal with ‘Dementia Thrash’, a track which has an ebb and flow tempo. Offal seem to be taking inspiration from old school greats like Autopsy and Death. The track starts on a frantic note with tremolo riffs and blast beats. This is where the grindcore influences shine through. But it’s not all rapid execution though. The track goes through a slower section that has a crunchy riff and a melodic solo. The second track by Offal shows more of the grind element as it is a track that is short and to the point.
The influences of Zombie Cookbook is very similar to their peers and their music is pretty close too. The difference though lies in the fact that Zombie Cookbook never apply the brakes on the tempo. It’s filled with urgency from start to finish and here the vocals are a bit more decipherable than on the first half of the split. ‘Eredita Maledetta’ starts on a slow note with weird spoken word chants before hitting gallop speed.
This split is a nice 10 minutes of death metal that stays true to its roots and that sounds primitive, gory and fun.