The following review appeared on The Metal Observer site:
Atacama Death Experience. With a name like that it is sort of hard to imagine the genre they profess, but guessing upon “experimental” would not be completely off. On the other hand, seeing their logo immediately brings black metal to mind, which is rather confirmed by a certain portion of their material in this, their debut album, Wasted Time and Broken Bones, even though they define themselves as a blend of sludge, doom and crust, but since crust punk and raw black metal are so similar oftentimes, black is far from a wrong definition, and quite a dirty, raw black that is, accentuated with a few characteristic tremolos, and singing of the style.
Now, I agree with them that this is a blend with sludge and doom. The “doomiest” parts consist of bass passages, reminiscent of Geezer Butler’s style, particularly prominent in the albums second track, “Useless Blues”. Now, as if raw black was not dirty enough, the mix with sludge is actually quite apparent, but do not misunderstand me, I am not complaining here. What I do complain about is the fact that the tempo and the mood throughout the record (which with only four tracks, should be classified as an EP, strictly speaking) are almost invariable. I guess a little bit of changes in speed and structure (I’m not saying they go ballistic here) would benefit the overall experience.
Something that definitely caught my attention is the fact that the band is a “drum and bass” duo (I am not referring to the electronic sub-genre, but to the instruments used). Yes, only a drummer and a singer/bass player. I have to admit I did not notice that from the get go, thinking they were guitars with some really dirty distortion, probably channeled through bass amps, which is not unheard of for stoner and sludge bands, but once I read about this in the information the band provides, it became obvious while listening. Several bass tracks with various effects and styles make up for the lack of guitars, and they manage to do it well, earning some points in the creativity department.
Wasted Time and Broken Bones, dark and gloomy, dirty and unadorned, just like a menacing alley in a low neighborhood in the middle of the night; not a pleasant place, but surely one where good stories can take place. All in all an interesting experiment, not without its share of flaws, but interesting nonetheless.
– Antonio Gonzalez Arteaga
Check out Wasted Time And Broken Bones for yourself. It releases February 26.