Stilnes – ‘Sin Destino’

Formed in Spain in 2004, thrash metal band Stilnes bring you their second album ‘Sin Destino’ – English translation, “without destiny, no fate”.

Introduccion – Wow, nice ambient opening, using woodwind instruments, in a totally unique twist.  That’s the way to build intrigue.  Very visual.  Think ‘Braveheart’ soundtrack and it instantly transports you to a Celtic landscape.  A world away from Spain, it seems, but I like the mystery.

Sin Destino – In a totally opposite direction to the intro, the thrash crashes straight in there, with a vibrant energy, enhanced by the aggressive sound of the Spanish lyrics.  Just how I like it.  Plenty of melody, lots of riffage, exilerant drumming and a breath of fresh air’s injected into the vocals.  Language is no barrier, where passion is concerned and that’s obviously here.  Great track.

Obsesivo – Nice heavy drum and guitar intro, taking it down a tone or two, but retaining that heavy vibe throughout.  Think cross between Gypsy Pistoleros and Rammstein and you’re there.  Varying the tones and bringing it back up again towards the midsection, filling the atmosphere with catchy riffs, drum beats and vocals, it’s alive with fresh energy and fades out nicely on a final riff.

Entre Ruinas – Ooh, loving that powerful drum intro and the rapid speed riffs following it.  Vocals coming in with pure aggression and mental intent.  Some nicely placed vocal harmonies and just tearing along at full throttle with thrashing intensity right to the end.

Divino Infierno – Opening gently, with a beautiful flamenco style acoustic guitar intro, it suddenly gives way to a volley of heavy riffs and drumbeats, demonstrating versatility in spades.  There are those Rammsteinesque vocals, giving it everything they’ve got.  Lots of heaviness and the whole track flows so well.  There’s a sense throughout this album of life and energy being breathed into the songs.  Filled with lots of great guitar riffs, powerful, steady, accomplished drum rolls and exuberant vocals.  Faultless.

Guerra Pacifica – Even heavier, this one certainly doesn’t mess about.  Straight in there with heavier than heavy crashes of drums, a positive inferno of angry riffs and beastly raw vocals that force you to sit up and pay attention. Oh and some really sexy riffs towards the midsection there.  Melodic beauty, combined with sheer fiery vocals and banging drums, the track just carries you along.  Thrilling vibes and a truly gorgeous fade out.

Esparanza – A fabulously assertive intro, seguing into an easy beat, you can’t fail to get into the rhythm.  A brilliantly melodic instrumental, that just drives itself on.  And the pen drumming has begun!  As we know, this means it’s hit the spot.  Some nice variations in tone and pace, all of them exciting and engaging.  They’ve definitely mastered the art of effortless performance.  Nice haunting ending.

Pesadilla Nuclear – Opening with a volley of sexy riffs, closely followed by more Rammsteinesque vocals, this would be tough to beat.  Loving the rhythm and tone of this.  Energised to the hilt, filled to the rafters with exciting riffage and impassioned vocals, it wins every time.

Veneno Y Gas – Bang!  Right in there, with a full-scale metal assault, it speaks volumes.  Upping the pace in the sexiest way, everything combines to create a brilliantly cohesive and frankly, unforgettable track.  Keeping the racy momentum all the way, it does an astounding job.

Overall, a blazing hot sizzle of Spanish thrash, to regale your senses with a powerful overdrive of metal vivacity.

9/10 *********

For fans of Rammstein and Gypsy Pistoleros.  

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