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Review of the Album "Abyss of Lost Souls" by Brazilian Thrash Metal Band Cerberus Attack

Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

Abyss of Lost Souls is an Album With Special Significance

Cerberus Attack is one of the many thrash metal bands to come out of Brazil and these guys play thrash metal with one specific mission in mind. That mission is to let the world know that how difficult life is in Brazil today. Also, the band had the objective of making their music sound like 1980s thrash metal. Their second studio album called Abyss of Lost Souls is filled with songs that are fast and have a very angry tone and feel to them. In spite of the angry vocals, there is quite a bit of musicianship present on this album. This newest album from these Brazilian guys was written specifically to address what happens in the poorer neighborhoods when the people are not having access to proper education. These people then see that everything is so expensive and the only way for them to get access to these expensive products is to get involved in the wrong path. To summarize this concept, let’s just say that poverty and income inequality are two major problems in Brazil that Cerberus Attack is bringing awareness to. They are trying to say that sorrow breeds anger and pain. This line in mentioned in the title track of the album. These negative emotions if left unchecked can lead a person to their doom and downfall.

"Third World Kids"

Analysis of the Vocal Style of This 2nd Studio Album by Cerberus Attack

Guitarist and vocalist John Franca definitely sounds like Peter Dolving which is a good thing in some respects. There are also the falsetto like screams in this album that we would have heard from the band Slayer. The vocal style is certainly more than appropriate for the style of thrash metal that these guys play. However, the harsh shouting style of John makes it hard to interpret what is being said at times.

"Harbinger of Decay"

Analysis of the Other Songs in Abyss of Lost Souls

With the way that this album starts, some of you might wonder whether this is a thrash metal album or not. Some bands have a tendency to start out the first song of an album in a very slow fashion. But in usual form, the song really speeds up as the first song on this album called “Strategic Cut on Education” does. The song is about how the education system in Brazil has betrayed the students. There is a very fast tapping part in the solo that may have been partially influenced by Sepultura. Even if the economic situation in Brazil is dire now, their thrash metal scene is growing and that’s a good thing because there have to be bands that will replace the older ones such as Sepultura. Someone has to step up and carry on that musical foundation. This first song has John saying that they will fight for the rights to a good education. These guys are really out to show that they will express themselves in a musical manner that shows that they are ready to fight against the factors that is keeping Brazil in a disadvantaged situation. They have a song on this second studio album of theirs that is actually an instrumental song called “Straight Outta East Side” which is mostly about fast guitar playing all the way to its conclusion. There are also songs in this album such as “Duck Parade” in which one of the beginning riffs sounds like Angra. The song is lyrically how neighborhoods are segregated and violence becomes part of the daily life. “Reality Shock” is a song that lyrically partially describes the frustration of having to undergo lock down because of the current pandemic. The song is basically a kind of protest message against the status quo of the situation and it is only a matter of time before some people become very fed up with excessive stay at home orders. “Harbinger of Decay” is a melodic yet very heavy song about the decay and breakdown of society as a whole. It is only a matter of time until the population of the country rises up and demands that changes be made. The lyrical themes and subjects in this album could also apply to other nations such as the United States that has also had social problems for many years and there seems to be no end in sight to these problems.

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