Corpus Christii, one of Portugal’s most acclaimed black metal bands, will be performing in Colombia as part of their The Awakening Tour Latinoamerica 2023. This will be the band’s first tour on Latin American soil, and they are slated to perform in Bogotá, Colombia, on February 10th.
The Portuguese black metal scene has been on the rise in recent years, with a number of great bands emerging from the underground, such as well-established Gaerea, which on past November 26th also performed in Colombia. Corpus Christii are one of the most well-known of these bands, and their latest album, ‘The Bitter End of Old,’ is a testament to their talent.
On November 19th, 2022, Corpus Christii announced its first Latin American tour, which will kick off on February 1st in México. The tour will include performances in Cali, Pereira, Medellín, and on February 11th, Bogotá, Colombia.
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Corpus Christii is a Portuguese black metal band formed in 1997 by vocalist and guitarist Alexandre Ribeiro, bassist Nuno Valente, and drummer Miguel Neves in the town of Leiria. Over the years, Corpus Christii underwent several line-up changes and began their career with a series of demos and split releases before releasing their debut album ‘Saeculum Domini’ in 2000. The band’s early music was heavily influenced by second-wave black metal acts such as Mayhem and Darkthrone and featured raw, lo-fi production and extreme, abrasive vocals.
Throughout their career, the band have released nine full-length albums and has been praised for their unique combination of black, progressive, and avant-garde metal styles. Nonetheless, in the mid-2000s, Corpus Christii began to incorporate more traditional heavy metal elements into their music, resulting in a more polished and melodic sound. The band also began to incorporate more occult and satanic themes into their lyrics and imagery.
In 2001, Corpus Christii released its second full-length album, ‘The Fire God,’ a blistering display of black metal mastery. The Portuguese outfit’s second full-length is a ruthlessly efficient record, packed with riffs and solos that slice through the listener like a hot knife through butter. The production is impeccable, allowing each instrument to be heard clearly while still maintaining the raw, aggressive feel of a black metal record.
The end result is an album that is both brutal and beautiful, a rare achievement in the black metal world to date, and the album is praised for its dynamic and experimental approach, combining elements of black metal, thrash, progressive metal, and avant-garde metal.
Their third album, ‘Tormented Belief,’ was released in 2003 and is regarded by many as one of the band’s most essential albums. The album was praised for its innovative and powerful sound, which combined elements of black metal, thrash, death metal, and somehow with a grindcore edge.
Their fourth album, ‘The Torment Continues,’ was released in 2005 and was well-received by the underground black metal community, and with it, the band continued solidifying its reputation as one of the premier black metal acts from Portugal.
The ‘Rising,’ their fifth album, was released in 2007 and is widely considered their most accomplished work to date. The album featured more complex songwriting and more professional production and is considered by many to be Corpus Christii’s most ambitious album.
‘Luciferian Frequencies’ is the sixth studio album released in 2011. This album departed from the band’s earlier raw and lo-fi sound and featured a more polished and melodic sound with clear production. The album’s themes and lyrics now revolve around Luciferianism, a belief system that reveres Lucifer as a symbol of enlightenment, independence, and rebellion against oppressive religious doctrine.
The album’s title ‘Luciferian Frequencies’ refers to the belief that specific frequencies can be used to evoke a spiritual or transcendental experience, similar to the use of mantras in certain spiritual practices, featuring eight tracks, and each track reflects the band’s Luciferian beliefs and the lyrics are full of references to occultism, satanism, and ancient mythology.
Musically, ‘Luciferian Frequencies’ is considered a more mature and sophisticated work compared to the band’s earlier albums, featuring a more varied sound that incorporates elements of traditional heavy, death, and blackened thrash metal. The guitar riffs are more complex and melodic, and the drumming is more technical and precise. The vocals also feature a more varied range, with a mix of aggressive screams, guttural growls, and clean singing.
The album received positive reviews from critics and fans, praising the band’s more polished sound and robust and evocative lyrics. It is considered one of the band’s most accomplished works and helped to establish the band further as one of Portugal’s premier black metal acts.
‘PaleMoon’ is the seventh studio album released in 2015. The album is considered a return to the band’s raw and lo-fi sound roots, with a more primitive and abrasive approach than their previous album’ Luciferian Frequencies.’ The band has said that ‘PaleMoon’ was influenced by the early works of bands such as Darkthrone, Burzum, and Mayhem and aimed to capture the raw and unpolished spirit of second-wave black metal.
‘PaleMoon’ is considered a more raw and primitive work than the band’s earlier albums, featuring a more raw and unpolished sound with a lo-fi production. The guitar riffs are more primitive, the drumming is more raw and unpolished, and the vocals are more abrasive and extreme. The band also incorporated traditional heavy metal elements into the music, producing a more polished and melodic sound.
‘Disillusion’ is the eighth studio album and was released in 2017, and it features a more experimental and diverse sound. The band has said that different musical influences, including electronic, industrial, and ambient music inspired ‘Disillusion.’
Musically speaking, ‘Disillusion’ is considered a more experimental and diverse work than the band’s earlier albums, featuring a more experimental and diverse sound with polished production. In addition, the band incorporated elements of electronic, industrial, and ambient music, resulting in a more experimental and diverse sound.
‘The Bitter End of Old,’ their latest release, is the ninth studio album by Corpus Christii. The album was released on May 13th, 2022, through Immortal Frost Productions. The album is a masterful blend of black metal and doom metal with an added touch of atmosphere. The riffs are absolutely crushing, and the drums are relentless. The vocals are some of the most guttural and inhuman we have ever heard, and they perfectly complement the music.
‘The Bitter End of Old’ is a return to form for the band, who had strayed from their black metal roots in recent years. If you are a fan of black, doom, or atmospheric metal, then we highly recommend checking out Corpus Christii’s ‘The Bitter End of Old.’ It is one of the best black metal albums we have heard in a long time from Lusitanian lands.
Regarding their upcoming tour, one of the most anticipated upcoming shows is the one scheduled in Bogotá, Colombia, next month on February 10th. But what can you expect? Well, you are in for a treat because Corpus Christii is known for putting on an impressive hellish performance.
The live music alone is worth the ticket, with their barrage of black metal riffs and screeching solos often prompting spontaneous mosh pits among audience members. Not to mention their high-energy performance and stage presence that is sure to get any black metal fan up and moshing all night long.
Black metallers can expect to hear Corpus Christii’s unique brand of black metal, which combines elements of traditional metal with atmospheric and progressive elements. This will be a rare chance to see the band live, so be sure to catch them if you can.