Bode Preto - Mystic MassacreIn recent months, I’ve been noticing a disturbing trend of bands putting out hours worth of new music as one album. While Iron Maiden has already been notorious for giving you your money’s worth since the creation of the compact disc, other acts are taking that idea and running wild with it. I’ve always been a proponent of the idea that less is more [How can that be? – Yngwie]. Apparently, Brazil’s Bode Preto (or “Black Goat” in Portuguese) believes in the same philosophy. Mystic Massacre, their second album, is a hair shy of thirty minutes long. A little goes a long way… or is Mr. Malmsteen right?

After a short intro, Bode Petro gets right to the blasting with “Deep Reality,” with razor-sharp riffs, Angeldust’s pummeling, and guitarist Josh S.’s rasp rising above the fray. Picture Sarcófago but sped up with beefier low-end. “Deep Reality” is energetic, incredibly visceral, and efficient in its two-minute run time. The band goes in, does what they need to do, and gets out before overstaying their welcome. It’s a philosophy to which more bands should adhere.

So, we have a young band who’s hungry, fast, brutal, and quick and dirty. What could possibly go awry? While it’s not a bad album, it suffers from severe repetition issues. Drummer Angeldust only seems to know that one rhythm and he abuses it throughout Mystic Massacre. His lead-in fills sound exactly the same; half of the songs on here begin with that same fill (“Absurds of Violence,” “Unknown Woman,” “Wraith/The Stage and the Meadow”). Other than “Dark Obsession,” which has a guitar solo in it, there’s precious little to differentiate between songs. This unrelenting repetition makes an otherwise short and concise 30-minute album feel double its length.

Bode Preto 2016

Mystic Massacre is loud. The drums are cranked to 11, especially the toms and cymbals. The guitars blend together at times (that main riff to “Deep Reality” being a prime example), and the bass of Rodrigo Magalhães only makes an appearance at the end of certain songs (“Wraith/The Stage and the Meadow”). But the biggest problem is how the album is put together musically. I had a hell of a time trying to recall any of the songs, despite multiple listening sessions. It’s not a bad record. In fact, “Deep Reality” and “Unknown Woman” rip, but once you’ve heard those, you’ve literally heard the whole album.

Brevity can be a powerful thing. But Bode Preto‘s new record demonstrates that brevity without a bit of variety can backfire on you. While not a horrendous listening experience, Mystic Massacre was a difficult album to try to recall once the journey to the pits of Hell were completed. Maybe next time.

Rating: 2.0/5.0
DR: 7 | Format Reviewed: 192 kbps mp3
Label: Iron Tyrant Records
Releases Worldwide: January 7th, 2016

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  • Monsterth Goatom

    Yay!! First comment for first review of 2016! Is there a prize?

    Welcome to the new year y’all.

      • Monsterth Goatom

        Sweet. Tack!

      • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

        Holy shit! Now there is an app that substitutes willpower when it comes to stop procrastination! And they had the balls to call it Freedom! Oh, the irony.

  • robpal

    First review of the new year and it’s 2/5. Some things never changer here at AMG.

    • Ha. I know, right? I really hope this isn’t an omen. You have no idea how badly I desire to give every record I listen to a 4.5. It would be amazing to have that kind of year.

      • If Jorn’s on it, it gets a 4.5 in 2016.

        • Monsterth Goatom

          Let’s not start 2016 off on the Jorn foot.

        • El_Cuervo

          Is this Avantasia foreshadowing? I still like it but it’s probably my least favourite since their first album tbh

      • El_Cuervo

        It’s already looking like a strong start to the year.

        • Grymm

          There’s a 4.0 and a 3.5 looming in the works here.

          Stayed tuned.

      • Diego Molero

        This year I want to read/listen to every single one of the reviews you will post in here, really hope its a 4.5 year like you said and not a 2/5 like this album

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    There was something about this record that really appealed to me.
    I felt like the repetition was an essential part of it – in and out, relentless, fast and no fucks given.
    Not as much as about the songs as the feeling/experience of playing it through.

    • I think that’s interesting. I need to give it a spin to see what I think, but I can see how in the right circumstances that could be totally what the moment requires.

  • AlphaBetaFoxface

    While I do like me some long albums, I believe less is more.

    I mean, 2015 was proof: Beaten to Death, Okazaki Fragments, Swallow the Sun…

  • André Snyde Lopes

    Bode Preto, que vens da treva
    há muito que vos venero
    mas na primeira resenha do ano
    levastes um dois ponto zero.

    • Pimpolho

      Do you speak portuguese? Cool poem.

      • André Snyde Lopes

        I am portuguese.

        • Pimpolho

          Oh, cool! I’m from Brazil, so even though our dialects are a little different, we can understand each other pretty well!

          • Elton Chagas

            Não dava pra imaginar alguém chamado “Pimpolho” não sendo do Brasil. Hehehe


          • junkyhead

            é isso ai, tamo por aqui também haha

        • Pedro Morini Mietto

          Eita, é nois então! Bora crescer essa comunidade aqui!

    • Which translates to?

      • André Snyde Lopes

        Black Goat, who comes from the dark
        For a long time I’ve worshiped you

        But in the first review of the year

        You couldn’t manage more than a two

  • One More Thing

    Short records irritate me. With the exception of grind, if I’m loving an album and they put only 30 minutes on there, that is frustrating as hell to feel like there wasn’t enough material. That doesn’t mean you go all BtBaM and record every single idea or add material just for the sake of length (filler), but I enjoy a good 55 minute outing where I can chew on different pieces for awhile, move on to others, and then come back. Then again, between this site and NCS, who has the time for that jazz when there’s so much to check out?

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    I almost worship Yngwie J. Malmsteen and if he says more is more of course he is right. On the other hand we must also remember that enough is enough. If a record has said all it has to say in 29 minutes, just leave it there. And because I like to sustain my opinions with proof, let me just say that Slayer´s “Reign In Blood” and Deicide’s self titled debut both run under 30 minutes. More is more yet enough is enough

    • Grymm


      Can you picture a 70-minute Anaal Nathrakh album? That would be overkill, and I LOVE AN (despite production woes).

      • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

        I think even a 70 minute Best-Of Anaal Nathrakh album would be too much (shoot I have to check the spelling every time I write that name). Some things go way past “More is more” then beyond “Enough is enough” to land head first into the “Too much” pile.