Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Single Review: Bolt Inc. "Ossos" (Independent) by Dave Wolff

Band: Bolt Inc.
Country: Brazil
Genre: Black/death metal
Single: Ossos
Format: Streaming
Label: Independent
Release date: April 5, 2023
Recently, I heard about this debut single from out of nowhere, and after searching around I found little information about it or the band that recorded it, other than a Facebook community page and some video clips on their YouTube channel. Other than that, there was no official site or any other streaming platforms available. According to the posts Bolt Inc.'s Facebook page, some of their favorite bands include Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, Sepultura, Death, Sodom, Voivod, Obituary and Pungent Stench, thus I conclude that there is a heavy influence from 1980s and 1990s death metal on their part. Thus, "Ossos" makes for a good introduction to the band, especially if you enjoy Brazilian DM that is significantly downtuned, heavily distorted, and resolutely thrashing, with a tumultuous, bloodthirsty feel. It is true that the single lasts no longer than three minutes and fades out far too soon, but the introductory air raid siren and unrelenting guitars sending you from one section to the next convinced me that they are dedicated to writing the most hardcore riffs possible. In keeping with extreme metal from South America, the vocals are low and menacing while making the Portuguese lyrics understandable enough, the bass makes its presence known at the appropriate volume and the drums are comparable to Abaddon (Venom), Igor Cavalera (Sepultura), Leprous (Sarcofago), and 3 Black Hearts of Damnation and Impurity (Blasphemy). Whether this sound can still capture the attention of listeners depends on how receptive you are to early black/death metal, but Bolt Inc. appear to be sincere and passionate enough. Bolt Inc. should record an EP or full length soon as I would like to hear more in one sitting. –Dave Wolff

Crusher: Vocals
Black Mass: Guitars
Destruction: Bass, guitars, backing vocals

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