The Illusion of Freedom
"In the lands of Brazil, the greater part of Metal bands have a more extreme insight. Yes, this is one tradition of our scene, and this is the reason that we have excellent bands in extreme genres of Metal (but we have excellent melodic bands as well). Then, carrying this legacy and honoring Brazilian Death Metal School from Rio de Janeiro comes the quartet GUTTED SOULS, that after a long trial due to changes in the lineup and other problems, comes with its first album, called “The Illusion of Freedom”.
Their musical work is built upon a fusion of a classical Death Metal in a format that reminds the style practiced by North American bands as DEICIDE, SUFFOCATION and OBITUARY, with technical approach and brutality from Brutal Death Metal. Of course that their musical work is not as trivial, because they are playing some complex musical structures and even the use of fine melodic lines to bind together all the range of the band’s influences is allowed here. But it’s catchy as well, easy to understand and assimilated by the fans. Pay attention and be reeled in by their musical work. Rodrigo Oliveira made the sound production of the “The Illusion of Freedom” (and previously worked with KORZUS and ARMORED DAWN). The recording sessions, mixing and mastering were done at Dharma Studios, on São Paulo. The final result is really very good, with very good instrumental tunes, everything sounding clear and brutal, and keeping the essential rawness dose that a Death Metal album must bear. Yes, it sounds great to our ears!
Excellent vocals (with an ample range from guttural tunes and high pitched screams), a solid work from guitars (technical riffs and very good solos, from where flows the brutal harmonies used by the band), and a technical and brutal work from bass guitar and drums (that creates a solid rhythmic basis) are the elements of their work, so be prepared for musical violence with very good taste.
All the nine songs from “The Illusion of Freedom” are excellent, but we can say that the rhythmic diversity of “Being Human” (where the work from bass guitar and drums is excellent), the catchy brutality that is created by the tempos and guitars on “The Authoritarian Follower”, the bitter slow parts of “Mondo Psycho” (a great moment from vocals, for they fit on the changes of rhythm), the strong and massive wall of riffs shown on “Psychopathic Ruler”, the excellent rhythmic works of “Addicted to Power”, and the aggressive massive killing done by the band on “Dancing to the Sound… Of the Powers that Be” (that shows another great moment from the vocals). As you can see by the songs’ names, the band prefers to use an intelligent approach on real themes.
by Marcos "Big Daddy" Garcia at 18 August 2017, 9:36 AM
On Metal Temple"
"The Illusion of Freedom is the long-awaited debut album from the Brazilian death metal band Gutted Souls. Although the band has been together for a better part of 20 years, they were unable to release a full length because of many obstacles, including multiple line up changes. Finally, the band is delivering their powerful message behind a wall of sheer brutality. With a sound that harkens back to the golden age of Suffocation and other brutal death metal bands of the sort."
Pen Paper and Breakdowns reviews
"O Death Metal de nossas terras brasileiras, perdoem o “pleonasmo” mas, é extremamente extremo, e disso já sabemos. Trago-vos assim o mais novo play do Gutted Souls, banda carioca de Brutal/Technical Death Metal executado com muita perfeição na veia de bandas como Suffocation, Brutality, entre outras que oscilam perfeitamente peso e técnica...."
"...Basicamente, uma dissecação da mente humana, numa concepção mais crua. Gutted Souls já é um marco do Metal extremo carioca, e esse disco chegou para marcar mais uma vez sua posição e mostrar que nosso som brutal continua sendo um soco na orelha."
Por: João Carlos Gomes
Vocais que usam timbres variados entre o gutural extremo e o rasgado, guitarras formando uma muralha de riffs bem feitos (e solos com boa técnica, fugindo do padrão), baixo e bateria formando uma base rítmica sólida e coesa, tudo que a banda oferece musicalmente é bem feito, com ótima técnica, mas brutal como o inferno.
O disco é todo excelente de ponta a ponta, mas destacam-se a diversidade de ritmos contida em “Being Human” (e por consequência, o trabalho de baixo e bateria se mostram ótimos, com boas mudanças de tempos), a opressão ganchuda e ríspida das guitarras em “The Authoritarian Follower”, os tempos mais lentos e brutos de “Mondo Psycho” (reparem bem como os vocais evoluem bem e assentam com boa dicção sobre a base instrumental do grupo), o ótimo trabalho da sessão rítmica ouvido em “Psychopathic Ruler”, o ataque insano de riffs bem trabalhados em “Addicted to Power” (onde o “approach” técnico do grupo é de primeira), e a destruição musical imposta por eles em “Dancing to the Sound... Of the Powers that Be”. Algumas das músicas já possuíam versões mais cruas no EP “Unconscious Automaton”, como “The Undying Stars “, “Psychopathic Ruler” e “Dancing to the Sound... of the Powers That Be”, e “Mondo Psycho” vem do Demo CD de 2011. A diferença está na roupagem mais bem cuidada e na sonoridade mais justa.
Ou seja: o GUTTED SOULS veio para somar, logo, aproveitem bastante de “The Illusion of Freedom”, pois feito com muito sangue, suor e lágrimas. E merece aplausos."
"A brutal, heavy as hell and severely technical release from Brazil comes to us from the band Gutted Souls and their debut full length, "The Illusion of Freedom". The album dropped independently in August and is a great example of technicality and brutality styles melding perfectly into a one cohesive category EF-5 tornado. I really -REALLY dig this album and guys, excellent fucking job on it!! Thank you for putting metal out like this -the underground needs it and appreciates it!! -Joe \m/
Keep the Metal Flowing Facebook Page"