Deiphago_Into The Eye of SatanIf there’s a Svpreme Kvlt Covrt ov Trve Metal, I’ll officially lose whatever remains of my KVLT CRVD for this (spelling in accordance with THV WVRTH VCT OV 2015). Deiphago is an extreme metal band from Costa Rica that’s been terrorizing the world since 1989. Their fourth full-length is called Into the Eye of Satan and it’s being released by the excellent Hells Headbangers Records, a label I’ve given plenty of Monopoly Canadian money to throughout the years. You damn well better believe there’s gonna be a cassette pressing too. Perhaps I’m getting too old and can’t handle the kvlt anymore? Maybe not.

Deiphago plays the primitive black-death-grind hybrid of war metal, so chaos and disorientation is the endgame. There’s the odd nod to Sarcofago in a sound quite similar to what Blasphemy and Conqueror did, which means tons of fast chromatic riffs and sections that can border on something close to noise (the genre). Ultimately it works out to be savagery for the sake of it with little that stands out or makes an impression. In theory, I like the idea of making the most violent music one can muster but in practice it comes across boring and needless. Apart from an intro that does nothing but delay the inevitable, what you hear from the outset is what you get for the whole record, as with all the chaos there is no real variety.

The one saving grace of Into the Eye of Satan is the drumming of Savnok. Throughout the record he recklessly batters his kit and links his drum lines together with plenty of agile fills to avoid sounding robotic. From an endurance standpoint it’s quite impressive, especially because it doesn’t sound like he’s getting much in the way of studio help and the “falling down a flight of stairs” drumming style has its charm, after all.

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The other two members of the band don’t fare nearly as well. While Voltaire 666’s vocals fill me with a bit of optimism, all is not well. His bass is loud but does little of interest, and Sidapa’s guitars are primarily a mess of seemingly random figures played at high speeds. His leads come through loud and clear, but they’re nothing to marvel at. Essentially Trey Azagthoth noodling minus the talent and charm, they emerge from a cacophony of blasting, offer nothing of value, and promptly disappear. I’m not sure if the solo near the beginning of “Serpentine Anti-World” is even in time, but amidst wholly tepid riffs memorable solely because of how amusingly overused the pinch harmonics are, it hardly matters anyhow. While only three minutes long, “Ritual Death of the Enemy” manages to drag by, offering the listener an awful version of the early Mayhem mantra: no riffs, no direction, no purpose, no fun. Exacerbating this is an irritating lead that repeats incessantly and sounds like a combination of sloppy tapping and someone botching Dragonforce on Guitar Hero. “(6 x 6 x 6) / 3” adds a pseudo-bluesy lead into the equation when everything cuts out, and it just happens a few times throughout the song for no discernible reason. It’s poorly implemented and not even entertaining in itself.

Further torpedoing Into the Eye of Satan is Colin Marston’s production. Savnok’s drums sound fine yet unremarkable, but Sidapa’s rhythm guitars are terrible, lacking any definition and failing to even cut through the mix at times. It sounds loud and chaotic for the sake of it, hiding the drought of worthwhile material in “Bloodbath of Genocide” behind a façade of extremity except the intro, which sounds like the worst Negativa outtake imaginable. Between the blasting, the fat elastic bass tone similar to Marston’s own on Colored Sands, and the vocal carrying on, Sidapa’s guitar often gets buried. In order to determine what he’s doing, tune out the drums as much as possible, and treat your headphones like a seashell you’re trying to hear the ocean in: tilt your head, press it against your ear, and wonder why you’re doing this idiotic shit to begin with. I don’t mind bad production, and I certainly don’t want my metal to sound clean, polished, and safe, but this is just senseless. I’m aware Marston is paid to do what the band asks, but if there was ever a time to invent a metal production equivalent to Alan Smithee, this is it.

Deiphago have made a violent and chaotic record in Into the Eye of Satan, so on that front they’ve succeeded. Where they’ve failed to do is make a record with any replay value or worthwhile material whatsoever, and all the underground cred in the world won’t change that.


Rating: 1.0/5.0
DR: ​8 | Format Reviewed:​ 192 kbps mp3
Label:Hells Headbangers Records
Websites: ​facebook.com/Deiphago
Releases Worldwide​: August 7th, 2015

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  • Aaronc50

    Review unclear. Bought two copies.

    • Monsterth Goatom

      Double your pleasure; double your fun.

    • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

      Hopefully one was a cassette!

  • I agree with the review but when I’m in need of some trail wreck war metal, this is what I want to hear. The guitars are almost inaudible,

  • This one track sounds pretty vicious. Obviously I haven’t given this multiple listens through as the reviewer has, but the style is pretty neat.

  • Andy_0

    Great review. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who feels this way about Deiphago. I don’t understand why people throw money at bands who spend more time purchasing bullet belts and doing photo shoots than learning their instruments and writing songs.

  • Hróðvitnir

    Don’t know how much drunk you’d need to be to be that sloppy. C’mon the leads are ears-scorching! Would fit in MA’s Illud.

  • Oscar Albretsen

    “Into the Eye of Satan.” Is that seriously the title of their album? Must have spent some real effort coming up with that.

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      Maybe they really liked Today Is The Day´s “In The Eyes Of God” but prefer Satan to God. Then just changed it around a little.

      • Dr. A.N. Grier

        Good thing they put parenthesis in “(6 x 6 x 6) / 3″… That could have been real confusing…

        • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

          I tried doing the math but it didn’t make any sense

  • Amir Solaymani

    I love this webpage

  • Amir Solaymani

    This is where I’m at.. Trubulation ‘The children’, Yob’ Clear the path to acsend, ‘ Satan ‘ life sentance. Cradle of filth’ their latest one’…

  • Amir Solaymani

    Just to clarify, I have an an average size penis.

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    Deiphago are based in Costa Rica but they are from Philippines. They even have an album named “Filipino Antichrist”.

    • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

      All of that is correct. I just went with what their promo/web pags said to avoid confusion really.

      • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

        I was pretty sure they were Asian but I had to check the Metal Archives anyway.

  • dnky666

    I’ll stick to the Goat Semen then.

  • Gil X Fuentes

    They’re from Philippines not Costa Rica. Get your facts straight!

  • Innit Bartender

    That band photo is a stargate to the early 90s

  • Roquentin

    It’s chaotic, dissonant, and disconnected, just like the review says, and I like it. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  • Elton Chagas

    They named the album “Into the Eye of Satan”. Needless to say anything more.

  • Doomdeathrosh

    One positive, the album art!

  • AddicoInABox

    Man I dunno, I thought this was awesome, exactly what I’d want from Deiphago. Stoked to see them at Hells Headbash next month

    • AddicoInABox

      *grimly awaiting