Vitam Et Mortem are a band from Columbia that has had music reviewed before in this zine and on this recording plays a very melodic and symphonic mixture of black and death metal and this is a review of their 2020 album "El Rio De La Muerte" which was released as a joint effort between Satanath and Exhumed Records.
Symphonic elements start off the album and also mixes in with the heavier sections of the music at times. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic style while the vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams and female vocals can also be heard.
During the faster sections of the songs a great amount of blast beats can be heard while death metal growls are a very huge part of the recording. Throughout the album you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with all of the musical instruments also having a very powerful sound to them.
A couple of tracks also introduces clean playing and classical guitars onto the recording as well as some clean vocals and folk music elements also being used briefly. as the problem progresses a brief use of spoken word parts can also be heard and the closing track is also a Masacre cover. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in Spanish and cover death, war, chaos, history and ancient culture themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Vitam Et Mortem and if you are a fan of symphonic and melodic blackened death metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Los cuerpos en el rio" "El animero" "Plegaria a los muertos" and "Rito de muerte". 8 out of 10.