Alastor Sanguinary Embryo (a.k.a. Alastor S.E.) hail from Costa Rica, which has been generating a respectable number of extreme metal acts in recent years. Much like their countrymates, Alastor S.E. have sizable gaps between releases, with For Satan And The Ruin Of The Divine being only the third release in the band’s twenty-year history.
Paganus Doctrina formed in the mid-1990s, but went their separate ways before the new millennium. They reformed in 2006, released a split with Morbid Funeral and Necrólisis, and then began work on their debut album, Omnipotense Aeternae Diabolous. Apparently the album was recorded in 2012, but due to various delays, it wasn’t unleashed on the world until 2015. After incubating for three years, did the music age like fine wine… or milk?
Much like the “re-thrash” movement, there has been another deluge of bands calling their music “old-school death metal”. Like a lot of the aforementioned thrash bands, their death metal equivalents try to pass off simplistic and repetitive songwriting as an “homage” to the old days. Fortunately, Costa Rica’s Insepulto understand songwriting, and show it on their second album, The Necrodex.