Former founder and guitarist of Broken Hope,
Jeremy Wagner, started Lupara
in the summer of 2003. Classic death metal is construed throughout this
self-titled, debut disc. That also includes the solos; stern and soaring
solos with pride. But, there is more to this band than just death metal.
Other metal qualities include grindcore, thrash, and hardcore. Which helps
in their variation from song to song. The aggressive blast beats and groove-driven
riffs keep the music appealing. They could even add a couple more for more
intensity. Vocals are traditional death oriented but with a touch of other
styles in the vein of thrash, hardcore, and brutal death…variations
in technique vary from Max Cavalera (Soulfly), L. Ben Falgoust II (Goatwhore,
Soilent Green), Phil Anselmo (Superjoint Ritual, Pantera), Gary Meskil (Pro-Pain).
Besides the obvious influences from Broken Hope, “Lupara” reminds
me of older Goatwhore at times; Pantera, Obituary, Hate Breed, Slipknot,
Morbid Angel, and Cannibal Corpse. The songs seem to be based on the bottom
heavy, rather simple, yet addictive riffs and generally hover around the
3:00 minute mark. Some of those riffs are pretty brutal too. Everything
is rather solid. Lupara signed with Crass Music earlier this year. Now eleven
tracks and nearly thirty-five minutes later they have their self-titled
debut ready for release. “Lupara” has a Halloween release date.
Reviewed By: Jeffrey D. Adkins