Death Yell
Vengeance from Darkness



by noisymugwump USER (30 Reviews)
July 14th, 2009 | 5 replies

Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One demo wonders vol. 2: Death Yell

Death Yell were a short lived Chilean band teetering on the genres of black, death and thrash metal as many of their South American counterparts did in the 80s, but bringing an eerie occult sound and some interesting songwriting that would set them apart from the usual no holds barred breakneck thrashing of that era. They released only one demo, "Vengeance from Darkness" in 1989 which would subsequently be re-released in cut down and expanded versions in various formats over the coming decades. The fact that interest in this 6 song, 30 minute demo has persisted for so long is a testament to its quality, as it is indeed a classic.

Death Yell's style shifts somewhat abruptly between speedy thrashing, doomy breakdowns, and unexpected melodic parts with a generally interesting and original approach. Their guitar tone is more high end and allows their somewhat sporadic movements around the fretboard to come through with clarity. The warm sounding analog production keeps the guitar sound from becoming grating, and allows the lower chords to come through with a fuzzy full tone. Everything is a little higher than you might expect from something described as death metal, with the bass plunking along with the rhythm without any real chunkiness to the sound, and the vocals consisting almost exclusively of high sometimes whiny screams. The drums are a little weak sounding too, lacking a real boom on the toms and bass drum. Early on in the demo this apparent weakness in the sound throws the listener for a loop, as these guys manage to whip out some heavy ass riffs and thrash with the best of them as it progresses. A lot of the power of the demo comes from the oddities in the frequent time changes, weird chords and occult sound they employ, rather than bludgeoning heaviness and filth like their contemporaries. The trebly plunking and eerily creepy sound is almost reminiscent Italian bands such as Death SS, Black Hole and Mortuary Drape. They do stick to the roots of their South American thrashing brethren to an extent, but it's their horror-like sound that makes them stand out. On the whole the demo is a little inconsistent, but it comes through in a big way in a lot of areas and is most worthy of praise.

Death Yell are an interesting and worthwhile band, and another group I deem a "one demo wonder", as all it took was one demo for them to spark a massive interest. "Vengeance from Darkness" isn't as easily accessible as a lot of the South American death/black/thrash amalgams such as Sarcofago, Holocausto or early Sepultura, but they bring some unique stuff to the table and are worth investigating for any fan of the aforementioned bands or 80s black, death and thrash metal in general that fits in with a more primitive thrashing style. Also fans of early Death SS and Paul Chain material, as well as Mortuary Drape and other occult sounding bands shouldn't be disappointed with this strange little piece of metal history. While it is unfortunate that Death Yell's career ended so quickly, I'm very pleased with this demo. Check it out.

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July 14th 2009


Album Rating: 3.5

I screwed up adding the demo. It was released in 1989, not 2009.

July 14th 2009


Album Rating: 3.0

I've been exploring South American death metal lately - particularly the thrash/death-oriented melodic stuff. Two of the best I've discovered so far are Mortem (from Peru) and Pentagram (from Chile). I'll look into this one next; thanks for the heads-up.

July 14th 2009


Album Rating: 3.5

Chilean Pentagram kills. Death Yell isn't quite as potent as the real balls-out death thrashers though.

July 14th 2009


I have to give it to you noisy, you are one of the most seasoned metalheads on this site. This sounds far more interesting than Necrovore but I will have to hear both. Great review for both albums too.

Edit: I would change the date on the release for this album. It currently is 2009/01/01.

July 15th 2009


Album Rating: 3.5

Great review as usual man! These guys and Atomic Aggressor are fucking killer.

Not a masterpiece by any means but still a very worthy contribution to the more barbaric side of black/death metal.

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