Review by Chaim Drishner

Underneath the staggering artwork adorning the album, which immediately sets the right mood, lies a beast of muddy, corpulent death metal worshiping Incantation's and Autopsy's creepy, crude sound, heavy on reverberation and governing bass lines, a guttural, one dimensional deep grunting vocalist and an intricate guitar work.
Lengthy tracks of crawling varying velocities and swirling all-out war against the ear embodied by the occasional blasting, roaring drums, these Chilean masters of disaster Nar Mattaru are horrific mood setters that draw inspiration from Mesopotamian myths mixed with Necronomicon legends, adequately portraying the imminent doom awaiting mankind, if and when the great slumbering gods will rise from their cosy bottomless pits.
Numbing the senses with heaviness that's everything but habitual, the chaotic, suffocating atmosphere and darkness created by this sombre amalgamation, are well represented by a set of sludgy riffs that annex the music with their -- dare I say -- quasi-stoner and oriental admixture; they are all over the place, adding a surreal, abstract, almost ethereal vibe, resulting in a callous ambiance -- but not one that's cold and freezing; rather the contrary, steamingly hot, hellish, sulphur-fumed and deadly.
The album's best tracks are the original ones, where the band's guitar craftsmanship is portrayed along with their ability to write songs that are intricate and heavy on undercurrents of middle eastern influences; these abyssal pieces of music are also the most interesting tracks due to the band's ability to incorporate elusive melodies into their black mass as well as experiment with various speeds, from crawling doom to blasting death.
The Incantation and Autopsy covers are redundant in the face of the band's own, original quality material that's often more varied and interesting, even sophisticated, generally speaking, when compared to the crass primitivism of both Autopsy and Incantation. If you are like me, and have never been too impressed by the offerings of Incantation (chaotic heaviness that hides the band's inability to write decent songs), but still like muddy, stern and mysterious death metal and dig raw melody and atrocious atmosphere, Nar Mattaru's _Enuma Elish_ will surely quench your thirst, and then some.
[7,5 out of 10]


Review by Ivan Tibos

Nar Mattaru are a band from Chile, consisting of two members of the original line-up of Chilean cult-act Dominus, Francisco Bravo (b, g) and Andrés Gonzales (d) (later: Dominus Xul). A first official effort was done in 2009: the demo In The Black Spheres Of Time, featuring vocalist (read: throat) Carlos Artarys.
With the Sumerian mythology as lyrical source of inspiration (you cannot blame them), the trio recorded their debut full length in 2011 (originally released locally through a small label called Pacto Records, and now re-released through the splendid I, Voidhanger Records as an appetizer for the upcoming sophomore full length later this year – and I do hope rather sooner than later!), consisting of nine tracks with a total running time of almost sixty three minutes. The average duration of each song (one lasts for two minutes, the others in between six and ten) is pretty long for primal Death Metal, but in this case it isn’t but a surplus.
The album includes the tracks from the 2009-demonstrational recording (with inclusion of the Incantation-cover Abolishment Of Immaculate Serenity), some new tracks, and two other cover songs, Twisted Mass Of Burnt Decay (Autopsy) and Tirano Constrictor (Kratherion).
Even though Nar Mattaru have progressed a lot in comparison to the past, there’s still an undeniable hint of Dominus / Dominus Xul, of course, yet less blackened and much more deadly. This old, very old schooled Death Metal is basic-to-the-core, primal and primitive, yet technically perfected and perfectly technical, nicely balanced and of a purity that wonderful (note to myself, and to those who might care: another dank-U-verriematch to I, Voidhanger!). And even though the production isn’t that great (cf. Pablo Clares of Totten Korps / Atomic Aggressor / Azael / Megiddo / …-fame), the total quality (song writing, performance, and the execution of the cover tracks) is way beyond average.
Some worth-mentioning-stuff: sweet equilibrium in speed (from slowly rotting to blasting decomposing), the gore beauty of occultism in both instrumental approach and vocal contribution, and the initial dark-edged vision of Dominus Xul that still covers these lullabies with sardonic and sadistic lunacy.
Highly recommended to fans of: Dominus Xul, Immolation, Incantation, Grave Miasma, Dead Congregation, Disembowelment, Grave etc.
[91 out of 100]


[Issue #050 - Dec 2012 - Jan 2013]

Review by Justin Stubbs

Nar Mattaru are ex-members of Dominus Xul/Dominus - fucking SOLD. Slow and crushing Chilean death metal that is pretty much an hour of "Abolishment Of Immaculate Serenity", which they solidify by aptly covering. Godlike Incantation worship is godlike.
[5 out of 6 - Exceptional]