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COPROFAGO

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal • Chile


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COPROFAGO was formed in June of 1993 in Santiago, Chile, by Sebastián Vergara (guitar, vocals), Pablo Alvarez (guitar) and two friends of theirs. In November of 1994 they recorded their first demo, a 4 songs tape featuring probably the youngest kids in Metal scene (their average age was about 15 at the release time). Although the demo didn't have a good reception from the press, that tape is now sold out. In March of 1995, Marcelo entered as the definitive drummer. With this line-up they played during 1995 and 1996.

In 1997 they recorded their first full-length album, "Images Of Despair". Before finishing the recording, the bassist left due to musical differences. Felipe Castro, old friend of Pablo and Sebastián, took his place and finished the recording. The music of this LP is faster than any previous material, but some progressive elements are present, due to Pablo´s growing interest in Jazz-fusion at that time.

In band's eyes, some of the songs in that album required a different type of voice as a complement to Sebastián's low growls, so although I.O.D. was almost finished in early 1998, it wasn't released because they spent several months looking for vocalists without success.

In December of ,98 the promo single "Empty Creature" was released, featuring Pablo's first attempt on vocal duties. The full length would come out in September of the following year with Pablo as a definitive singer, making COPROFAGO a 2-frontmen band. The response to I.O.D. from the Metal press & media was excellent. It got good reviews in lots of magazines as well as online Metal sites; Empty Creature was included in Grinder magazine's Compilation, and the whole album had some airplay in local Metal radios even one year after its debut.

Soon after I.O.D.'s release, Felipe left the band, enter Rodrigo Casto as his replacement. Rodrigo is a fretless player, something uncommon in Metal music, so his inclusion in the band reinforced the singularity of COPROFAGO's sound.

On December 2000 "Genesis" is released, a conceptual album about the creation of delimited objects from a single point. Brutallity is still here, and jazzy landscapes stands out.

IN 2005 COPROFAGO released their third full length album,the stunning "Unorthodox Creative Criteria"

This band will appeal to fans of progressive metal in the vein of MESHUGGAH,ATHEIST,GOJIRA and instrumental acts like CYNIC,CONTINUO RENACER and DYSRHYTHMIA.Highly Recommended.

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3.04 | 6 ratings
Images of Despair
1999
3.19 | 8 ratings
Genesis
2000
4.20 | 11 ratings
Unorthodox Creative Criteria
2005

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 Genesis by COPROFAGO album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.19 | 8 ratings

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Genesis
Coprofago Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars "Genesis" is the 2nd full-length studio album by Chile based progressive thrash metal act Coprofago. The album was released in 2000 by Sekhmet Records. The album originally only consisted of 6 tracks which must almost have made it an EP. The 2002 re-issue contains 3 bonus tracks recorded in 2002. They are not "new" tracks though but rather re-recorded versions of 3 tracks from the band's debut album "Images of Despair (1999)". In addition to the audio tracks the re-issue version of the album also feature a live video for the "Chaos" track.

Coprofago play a very progressive kind of extreme metal with heavy angular riffing, spacy jazzy sections and aggressive growling and shouting vocals (The latter vocal style reminds me of Phil Anselmo in an aggressive mood). I'd say they draw upon influences from as different artists as Meshuggah, Cynic and Pestilence (The spacy jazzy soloing from "Spheres (1993)"). One of the standout things about "Genesis" is the fretless bass playing by Rodrigo Castro, which gives the band's otherwise brutal and aggressive music a mellow jazzy/ progressive touch. The 6 "new" tracks are by far the most interesting on the album while the 3 "old" re-recorded tracks don't add much to the originals if you already have the debut album. In fact I prefer the more raw versions from the debut.

Overall "Genesis" is a very powerful, intriguing and well played album. We are talking very skilled musicians here. Track by track all songs on the album are intense progressive extreme metal tracks but because of the mixed nature of the release, with new tracks and re- recorded old ones, "Genesis" does sound a bit fragmented and lacking in consistency. A 3.5 star rating is deserved.

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 Images of Despair by COPROFAGO album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.04 | 6 ratings

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Images of Despair
Coprofago Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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3 stars Images of Despair is the debut full-length studio album by progressive thrash/ death metal act Coprofago. The band come from as exotic a place as Chile. The album was independently released in November 1999 but saw a re-issue in 2002 with additional bonus tracks.

The music on Images of Despair is highly technical and progressive thrash/ death metal. These guys are really good musicians. The vocals on the album is a mix of brutal growls and some really effective aggressive type vocals. The latter type is the most prominent on the album. The songs are technical and quite adventurous, with many different sections including a couple of jazzy ones. You´ll get both blast beats, fast thrashy riffing and some heavy mid-paced sections. Most songs contain all styles.

The production drags the album down a bit IMO. The music could have gained in strength had the production been a bit more powerful and clean. This is the kind of music that would have sounded great with a Colin Richardson or Andy Sneap production.

Mostly because of the production, Images of Despair isn´t a perfect album. But it´s still a very good album despite that minor flaw and considering that it´s a debut album Images of Despair is actually quite impressive and fully deserves a 3.5 star rating.

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 Unorthodox Creative Criteria by COPROFAGO album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.20 | 11 ratings

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Unorthodox Creative Criteria
Coprofago Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Tapfret
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4 stars Fitting title.

Sub-genre: Extreme/Tech Prog Metal (Death Metal interlaced with lots of Jazz Fusion)
For Fans of: Destroy, Erase, Improve era Meshuggah, Cynic, Martyr
Vocal Style: Cookie Monster
Guitar Style: Broad range of Metal/Rock/Jazz tones. Many Holdsworth style solos over heavy compresed metal grinds
Keyboard Style: Polysynth saw waves with various string and brass patches
Percussion Style: Standard rock kit used with extreme dynamics
Bass Style: Fretless electric ranging from heavy picked to slapped and jazzy walks
Other Instruments: Beautiful string arrrangement on Glimpses

Summary: Chile's Coprofago is often accused of being a Meshuggah clone. It is true that much of their sound is remeniscent of Meshuggah, the booming guitars, polyrhythmic drumming, Holdsworth-esque guitar solos, and death Metal vocals. But Coprofago maintains a firm foothold on their jazz roots. Previous work by Coprofago was peppered with jazzy undistorted breaks, but Unorthadox Creative Criteria takes their love of jazz to a new level. In fact, the second half of the album has only two songs that would be even remotely considered metal. It is best to review the album on a song be song basis. Song ratings take into account how the fit in the overall work, not just how the work individually.
1. Crippled Tracker - A staccato blast of polyrhythmic metal, similar to much of what was offered on Genesis, complete with a spacey close and Holdsworth toned guitar solo.(4/5)
2. The Inborn Mechanics - Starts as a thrashing metal piece that morphs into a jazzy bridge with atonal guitar solo and short bass answer. Fades to an ambient mix of metal guitars and synth. (5/5)
3. Neutralized - Intro speed is increased for this number. The strength in this song is in the break. An expansive reverbed out guitar solo gives the song character, but the machine gun style of the main theme is a little hard to enjoy. (3/5)
4. Merge Into - A quiet interlude of guitar synth very much like late 80's Holdsworth (4/5)
5. Fractures - The most uninteresting part of the album. Pretty much a straight forward Death Metal song (2/5)
6. Hostile Silent Raptures - Polyrhythmic grind, much stronger and more interesting than Fractures. Bridge is a talk back part with a funky bass break. Closes with a long resolution guitar solo and synth guitar. (4/5)
7. Streams - Album starts to get really interesting at this point. Difficult song to describe. Electronica elements interspersed with Eric Johnson-esque guitar work. Short chamber string break included. (4.5/5)
8. Isolated through Multiplicity - Very strong instrumental jazz/metal fusion song. Opens with guitar-synth sqare waves backed by double bass. Much of this song sounds like it could have come from Holdsworths Sand. Perhaps the best song on the album. (5/5)
9. Individual Choice - Another smoking jazz piece with a short metal break. Its just a lot of fun to hear these guys go off on this kind of stuff. (5/5)
10. Glimpses - One would think that a band known for playing metal would have a metal song be their most sinister piece, but this song consists entirely of chamber strings and background subteranean ambience. Very evil sounding with absolutely no distorted guitars. Exemplifies the album title to an extreme. (5/5)
11. Constriction - These guys want to beat you silly with contrast. Coming out of Glimpses, we get assaulted with the noisiest part of the album. It works pretty well when taken in context. (3.5/5)
12. Motion - Starts with a simple bass line and almost electronica sound with ambient synth vibes. Resolves into a beautiful instrumental jazz/fusion piece. Some of their best work. (5/5)
13. Wavelength - Interesting piece in that they incorporate the death metal vox into jazz/fusion directly for the first time. Alarming at first, it starts to grow. This song cycles repeatedly through fusion/metal and throws in strings to add to the mix. (4.5/5)

Overall the strong parts of Unorthadox Creative Criteria are extremely strong, the weak parts are short and tolerable. For my part, I consider this a 5 star album. But it is definitely not for everybody. Undoubtedly hated by metal purists. Get Unorthadox Creative Criteria if you: 1. Like stylistic blends. 2. Are tolerant of death metal vocals for the sake of wonderfully creative music.

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