What’s nice about SACRIFICIO is that they’re crushing, but in a dignified way. Biding their time on Dan’s Crypt Records, in addition to a handful of other Brutal Death purveyors, seems to be the right strategy for these Puerto Ricans, as “Fin De La Fe” is a nice first step for this young band.
The first thing I noticed, besides the unintelligible guttural vocals, was that this is bouncy Death Metal, which ultimately strays from the norm. What is the norm? Well, usually the norm entails playing at the same tempo for six minutes while spewing indecipherable vocals. All right, I admit that SACRIFICIO are guilty of the latter, but “Fin De La Fe” is chock full of interesting transitions and mid-song changes. The longest tracks, namely “Recluta Del Infierno” and “Eterno Resurgir,” are fine instances of frequent quick-switch, though “Depresion Suicida” is a morose, melodic interlude with plenty of shredding near the end. While the production allows this five-piece – currently a four-piece – to leap off the page in full 3D fashion, the drums sound a bit disproportionate in comparison to the rest of the album. For the most part, though, my qualms pertain to the flat toms and weak bass drums. “En Problemas,” to return to the songs once more, features a slew of grooves and serves to further elevate SACRIFICIO from the Brutal Death Metal stereotype(s), which will kill us all. And “Fin De La Fe” feels genuine, cause most of it doesn’t emphasize incredibly tight musicianship (a la NECROPHAGIST, DISGORGE, et al); the level of talent fully satisfies all requirements the band ostensibly laid forth. I’m not cognizant of the reasons behind “Orden Sacerdotal” boasting an upfront mix and “La Sagrada Mentira” showcasing a clunky muffled one, but nevertheless it’s entirely conspicuous.
After listening to forty minutes of SACRIFICIO’s debut, I honestly felt like I could extol the group for manifold characteristics. Rivaling other heavyweights in the subgenre is no easy task, but I think “Fin De La Fe” manages to do so in an underdog kind of way. If these guys can keep it together, then I’m convinced they’ll have a bright future awash in blood and guts and more blood. (Online January 19, 2006)