Thursday, August 13, 2020

Special Announcement: We are now on Wordpress!


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Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! As of 08/13/2020, we have migrated to Wordpress! You can find us on http://lamortdunemoderniste.wordpress.com. The now "old" page on Blogspot will remain active for "archive purposes" until further notice (albeit all the previous entries from day one to today also are available on the new site). So, the fourth part of our La Carencia already is up right now. Final-fuckin'-ly. Go and check it out. Don't worry, we haven't changed yet the mail for your review submissions so, write us down anytime soon. The podcast still is available and will be updated next week too. All of this is for improving our humble site and make it grow. Only quality content for you, les chaton.ne.s! Thanks in advance and see you from now on Wordpress! 

Sincerely yours,
La Mort D'Un.e. Moderniste. 

Friday, July 24, 2020

"La Carencia": Screamo in Latin America special post. Part 3: Colombia, Venezuela, Perú, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Brazil


"Quiero con las lágrimas de mi corazón, con el macabro tin-tin de mis cadenas, con los aullidos de agonía que en mi alaza repercuten de compañeros en tormento, quiero con los hediondos harapos que muestran mis carnes flageladas, mis huesos empielados; quiero con el montón de excrementos que en mi fosa me asfixian, hacer de este panfleto la más asquerosa protesta que un rebelde rememorando sus tormentos, puede forjar".
Biófilo Panclasta


1) A brief and general introduction to this chapter

Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with the third part of our current special post, "La Carencia", which tries to compile the historical evolution of the screamo subgenre in LATAM. Guess what? We're on the halfway. Hooray! Anyways, just like the second part, these countries really didn't have a "solid screamo scene" compared to other countries like Argentina or Chile. In fact, most of these ones are currently experiencing a some sort of blooming since many screamo-related bands are ocassionally appearing day by day within their respective hardcore/punk spaces. It also is true that, just like the case of Mexico, the misconceptions and misunderstandings of what really emo was or not arose and during years anything related to it was clearly despised by more "traditional" underground spaces (even by violent means). The popularity of mid-00s metalcore, post-hardcore and pop punk bands signed to different record labels such as Victory, Ferret and Epitaph, for naming a few, really did hurt the whole emo subgenre back in the days... 

Now, among all the featured countries, the only one with a more "solid screamo scene" is Peru. Indeed, when the latin american screamo "boom" appeared in countries like Mexico, Chile and Argentina, the peruvian scene wasn't really behind them at all and produced great record labels, fests and musical outfits that you will either remember or even discover in the next paragraphs. They aren't that active as we'd wish right now, but there are some uprising surprises though. Another country that experienced a fairly "solid screamo scene" is Brazil. Even though brazilian hardcore scene has had a more d-beat-influenced tradition, Saddest Day, one of the first emo-related bands in the region, was born there. Some years later, cities like Curitiba and Brasilia spawned some interesting short-lived screamo-related acts at the same time as some other acts in LATAM were blooming. Sadly, these bands from Brazil were ecplised and overshadowed by other more renowned acts in Mexico and Chile, for example. And, finally, just like the peruvian case, there aren't too many bands from the país carioca right now but, oh dude/tte, they're cool as fuck. 

Likewise, I know many of my readers would ask: And Colombia? Well, in general terms, some early and mid-00s, surprisingly underground, metalcore, post-hardcore and pop punk did experiment emulating the sound of the big "emo" bands that were trend back in the days with fairly commercial success in some spaces outside the hardcore/punk realm. Those musical outfits, for obvious reasons, won't be featured here. However, with the rise of the crust and powerviolence subgenres within the local hc/punk spectrum, some other short-lived screamo musical projects appeared with a more experimental approach, pretty much like mexican outfits such as Archadianonstabian or Zarathustra Has Been Killed In The 70s. The musical outfits that currently are leading the torch here in the country are, in fact, spiritual successors to some of these acts (to some extent). And, as you can imagine, there aren't that many because here the subgenre isn't popular yet. 

Last but not least, I couldn't find too many screamo-related bands in Ecuador and Venezuela. On one hand, since Ecuador is a small country the local hardcore/punk scene is not that big as well and they're more into other hardcore styles and not precisely emo-related ones. It seems that the only bands I could find are far more popular outside their country. Weird. This logic also applies to the cases of Uruguay and Puerto Rico. And, on the other hand, due to the current social, economic and political panorama in Venezuela, many hardcore pvnx have quitted their native country and have made hardcore bands in exile and, yes, not precisely emo or screamo-related ones. Luckily, there's been a few exceptions in the whole evolution of hardcore punk subgenre in the country that will be featured here. 

Finally, just like I announced in the previous chapter of this humble special post, if you happen to know other bands from these countires that I missed, you can let me know in the comments section below and I'll make an additional entry featuring them. So, with all that written, let's begin.  

2) Colombia 

Incendiariat 


During many, many years, this Bogotá-based band was the only "true" screamo reference we've got here in Colombia. Trust me, I really am serious about such statement...They approximately started in 200x and were active until 2018, the year when the band entered on "indefinite hiatus" after their vocalist pursued to make come true dreams living abroad. During their lifespan, they only released Retratos E Historias EP, split with colombian neocrust outfit Amor Y Rabia, (2013), Parto y Desastre LP (2015) and Maher Shalal Hash Basz LP (2018). Regarding their sound, Incendiariat started playing screamo influenced by german emoviolence bands such as Louise Cyphre and June Paik but quickly started adding into their repertory more alien elements such as drone, ambient and even post-metal for creating thus an unique and personal style, which is pretty difficult to compare it with other things out there. The lyrics also had pretty complex and abstract stances (both personal and political) influenced by critical theory and post-left schools of thinking (You know, sorta like Orchid) but with some references to our local social, political and economic bouleversé context (notably in Parto and Desastre record). Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their music. Will we ever see them again on stage? I certainly hope so. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Amor y Rabia  


Amor y Rabia was active somewhere between 2010 and 2017 and during their lifespan, they only released one contributed track to Distort Colombia compilation (2011), Trastornos Compartidos, split with spanish anarchist rap act Folie à Trois (2012), Relatos E Historias, split with Incendiariat (2013), and split with Renkore, a colombian crust/hardcore band, (2017). All these records have been published here in the blog, so you can look for them if you want to know more about this band. This band appeared, you know, back in the days when here in Colombia the crust punk and d-beat subgenres started to rise and have some protagonism that, either for good or not, changed everything inside our hardcore/punk community. Unlike those then newborn acts, Amor Y Rabia was more into gallician neocrust in the same vein as Ekkaia and Hongo, and eventually, they did add some screamo elements into their repertory. I'll never forget when they described themselves as an "emo d-beat band". Such a bold yet precise statement and probably the reason why I featured them in this entry ha ha.  And, of course, their lyrics were pretty well written with both personal and political stances about different topics such as anarchism, (in)human condition, inner conflict, political apathy, homosexuality and more. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their music. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Vorágine

Vorágine started as a melodic hardcore punk band under the name of V.E.I. They oficially didn't release anything until they changed their line-up (which also is the current one) and their name to Vorágine (Vortex in spanish). This name shift also meant a musical evolution since they started adding screamo, post-hardcore, post-rock and dark ambient elements into their repertory with more mature content and politically-charged lyrics as well. With their more recent LP entitled Aquelarre, which also was our best colombian hardcore punk in 2018, the band went more "savage" incorporating post-black metal and even shoegaze elements. This also made them gain some reputation in other non-hardcore punk circles beacuse, for example, they were the opening act for Alcest from France in 2018. Cool. They currently are working on new material, which apparently will be more post-black metal-oriented than ever but, don't worry, the screamo spirit is still there. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their music. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

⌂ (alt+127) AKA "alt127" or simply "Casita" (Little Home)


⌂ (alt+127) AKA "alt127" or simply "Casita" (Little Home) was a short-lived experimental hardcore band that existed between 2012 and 2014. It featured ex and current members of other local hardcore bands such as Hatröss, Pütchi, Amor Y Rabia, Muro, El Maquinista and Empatía, among others. The band described their style as "experimental w e e d c o r e" and they mixed different musical styles such as screamo, post-hardcore, post-rock, ambient, sludge and much more for creating an unique musical style with +3 minutes long tracks with lots of distortion, noise, fuzz and screamed vocals about nothing and everything at the very same time. Such a goddamn trip. Enjoyable though ha ha. They never officially released an EP or LP but one of their songs entitled El Escuadrijón was featured in the second volume of Todas Las Fronteras Son Imaginarias compilation (2013). There are other unassorted tracks on their official bandcamp that could potentially be on a record but, for strange reasons, it never happened. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their music. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Ximena! Tenemos Que Hablar   

    
Ximena! Tenemos Que Hablar (from now on X!TQH) was a relatively short-lived band that existed between 2014 and 2017 that only self-released one digital-only self-titled LP in 2017. (It also was featured in our best picks list of that year). Regarding the sound, X!TQH plays post-rock-influenced screamo à la Envy or Heaven In Her Arms (Japan) with +3 minute long tracks, slow and fast-paced tempo changes, "epic" introspective and heartbreaking interludes with lyrics making references to Neon Genesis Evangelion. There's some slight post-black metal aura as well. What else could you ask for? And, as I stated before, if you know the local hardcore/punk community you may know who Ximena is. Ha! Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their music. I've been told that a physical edition could be released anytime soon, so I'll let you know if it happens. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

La Traición De Las Masas



From Rionegro, Antioquia, La Traición De Las Masas (from now on LTDLM) is a hardcore punk band featuring ex and current members of Silencio Asesino, Ruda, Horrible Rabia Homicida, Devenir, Mar Es,  Crear Puentes, Llueve En La Montaña and more that has been active since 2014 and only have officially released Cifras, Cadáveres y Mentiras live session demo (2014), one 3-way split with Sosiego (Chile) and Aurea (Venezuela) and one self-titled EP (2015). Regarding their sound, LTDLM draws influences from different subgenres such as crust punk and screamo mostly, pretty much like a cross-pollination between Shikari (Netherlands) and SL'S3 (Gallicia, Spain). Also, their lyrics are politically-charged dealing with issues such as the fatal consequences of the inner armed conflict in Colombia (social unequality, state abandonement, misery, etc.), class struggle, capitalism and much more. I think not many people have been aware of their screamo influences because during many years have been labeled simply as crust. Interesting. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their music. Their demo is missing but you can find some unassorted tracks on YouTube. I hope they release more material in the near future. Highly recommended. Enjoy!       

El Sonido De Los Árboles 



Pereira is a small colombian city whose hardcore/punk scene gives us de temps en temps some great yet ephemeral musical projects. This sadly was the case of El Sonido De Los Árboles (from now on ESDLA). During their lifespan, they only released one demo (2015), Antíthesis EP (2017) and Conflagrar / Deconstruir live session (2018). Regarding their sound, ESDLA had a really experimental approach mixing different musical styles and genres such as ambient, alternative rock, post-rock, math rock and post-hardcore with very abstract and personal stances. Some lyrics are kinda depressive and pessimistic though. Pretty touching and great performance on stage. If you dig bands such as ⌂ or Ximena! Tenemos Que Hablar so far, ESDLA could catch your attention. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their music. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Sad Affleck


Sad Affleck is a screamo/post-hardcore band active since 2017 and have self-released on digital format so far: Helio EP and En Qué Momento Todo Cambió LP (2017). Regarding their sound, Sad Affleck mixes screamo, post-hardcore, math rock and post-rock for creating an unique and personal sound with both chaotic and melodic traits. There are even some clean and screamed vocals duet that accompany very well the slower and introspective interludes. They reminded me of City of Caterpillar (USA) and Envy (Japan) but with a more "condensed" and less aggressive musical execution. It still is very touching, though. In their more recent LP, there are even some mid-tempo paced pop punk and melodic hardcore-driven tracks that will make you remind you of fucked up teenage years. Please, no ha ha...Ok, cool though (?)). And, you still can't get the reference of their name? You need more Internet "meme culture", les chaton.ne.s! he he he. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their music. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Vientre


If you're plus ou moins used to listen to modern screamo-related outfits, I'm pretty sure you must already know this Cali-based experimental monster. If not, get out of your rock, Patrick Star! Vientre appeared somewhere between 2016 and 2017 and since then, they quickly became a reference to the emerging colombian screamo vague. They have released thus far: Las Huellas Que Dejamos LP (2017), Semillas LP (2018), split EP with Hardwar (Colombia/USA) (2019), Fronteras EP (2020) and split EP with Lyed (USA) (2020). Regarding their sound, Vientre mixes screamo, post-hardcore and post-rock with a very unique and complex musical instrumentation and execution displaying both chaotic and melodic traits. Also, there's the (in)famous clean and screamed vocal styles duet that many modern screamo bands tend to incorporate into their repertory nowadays. Not really my cup of tea but Vientre manages it really well though. The lyrical content is very personal with abstract stances that will make you either bloom or wither your most hidden and precious sentiments in this fucked-up simulation. Great. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their music. Of course, their most recent material is potential candidate to our best picks of this year. If you love mexican groups like Joliette, you should love this one by antonomasia. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Anhedonia 



Another hidden jewel from La Sucursal Del Cielo AKA Cali that's been in the game since 2017 and have self-released on digital format their only LP entitled Estar Rotos Nos Hace Indestructibles (2018) so far. Anhedonia, pretty much like other local acts such as Vientre, mixes screamo, post-hardcore and post-rock for creating an ethereal and instrospective ambient-filled music for trying to retrieve once again the last remnant of the golden heartbeat that made you feel a little bit more "alive" sometime ago. Just a little more...So, if you dig latin american post-rock-influenced screamo bands in the same vein as Joliette (Mexico), Caminos, Bosque (Chile), Árboles En Llamas (Argentina) and Vientre (Colombia), this is for you. Also, keep in mind their lyrics (You can copy/paste them from their bandcamp and use Google Translator, mate). Very touching as fuck. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their music. I hope to see more material from this band in the near future. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Llueve En La Montaña 

  
Llueve En La Montaña (from now on LlELM) is an experimental emo band (Yup, you read right) from different cities of Antioquia such as Medellín and Rionegro also featuring current members of other musical projects such as Corriendo, La Traición De Las Masas, Crear Puentes, Mar Es and more. They have been active since 2017 and have released so far: self-titled EP (2017), El Frío De Los Días EP (2018) and Kodamás EP (2020). Regarding the sound, this musical outfit mixes screamo, emo, post-rock, math-rock and post-hardcore with a very experimental and avant-garde approach. Also, unlike other national hardcore punk-related musical outfits, this is probably the only one featuring a saxophone, a very strange instrument to the subgenre, that gives a fuzzy smooth jazz-esque vibe to the whole LlELM's unique and bold musical proposition, which has a strangely slow yet forceful introspective execution. Nice. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their music. I hope to see more material from this band in the near future. Of course, their most recent material is potential candidate to our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

La Falsa Sensación De Avanzar


La Falsa Sensación De Avanzar (from now on LFSDA) is a recently formed band from Medellín that only have self-released on digital format Aquellas Cosas Que Se Van LP, their debut full-length album. Some tracks off such as Cenizas: Como Reflejo De Tus Ojos and Cuando Tu Mirada Deje De Brillar were released separately as promo tracks and also Volver A Tus Recuerdos was included in El Basurero Del Emo Vol. II compilation (2019).  Regarding the sound, LFSDA draws influences from screamo, post-hardcore, post-rock, melodic hardcore and even shoegaze for creating something of their own. Indeed, there are some slower and introspective moments mixed with modern hardcore breakdowns, fast-paced crescendos and complex ambient-filled guitar chords and pedal effects. In a similar fashion as Vientre, the band also has clean and screamed vocal styles duet alike with very personal and abstract stances about, you know, life, love and regret. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their music. Highly recommended.

Cenizo 


Cenizo is a recently formed musical sideproject to other Cali-based bands such as Mico and Vientre. They only have released so far Voluntad b/w Destierros single and Tendencias Autodestructivas LP (2019). They also contributed one track off their LP entitled Carisma to Fragmentos De Habitaciones Y Lágrimas compilation, curated by Antonia Amor y Ruido collective from Ibagué, Colombia (Don't worry, it will be featured sometime later in this special post). Regarding the sound, Cenizo plays screamo and post-hardcore with more experimental traits drawn from alternative rock, sludge, post-rock, post-black metal and emoviolence styles. Their lyrical content is mostly personal with very abstract and cryptic stances but there are some slight references to social and political issues out there such as homelessness and enviromental exploitation, Interesting. It's such a shame that I missed their LP out last year. It's so damn good. If you dig their main musical projects, Cenizo will definitely catch your attention. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their music. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 
       
Aleph Es El Color Del Cielo



This is Aleph Es El Color Del Cielo's only self-released LP. Their sound is a mix of screamo, post-hardcore, math and post-rock with personal and heart-touching lyrics dealing with failed relationships and how sad and shitty sundays are, for example, that really reminded me of Bosque, Caminos (Chile), Suis La Lune (Sweden) and Envy (Japan). Both musical execution and instrumentation are pretty exceptional with slower and introspective interludes, mid-tempo crescendos, screamed vocals and +3 minutes long tracks. As you may know, here in Colombia we really don't have too many emo and screamo-related acts so, it's pretty cool that Aleph...existed long time enough to remind us of how short and ephemeral this beautifully cruel world is. Well, kind of...Oh, don't forget that there's an American Football reference in the last track. What else could you ask for? Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy this record. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Ataraxia 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-wgD7TGZfs

Ataraxia is a band formed last year from the southern part of Colombia (Not sure if from Pasto or Ipiales), near to the international border with Ecuador. As we stated before, their sound draws influences from screamo, emoviolence, post-hardcore, math and post-rock that really reminded me of a mix of Suis La Lune (Sweden), Comadre and Funeral Diner (USA) with both slow and fast-paced tempo overlaps, screamed and clean vocals and a pretty impressive musical instrumentation with simple yet catchy tunes. And, of course, the lyrics are personal and abstract enough, nearly difficult to correctly interpret of what they are about. Finally, I really dig this live recording tape and can't wait for an eventual official release. A year has already passed and still nothing. Ha ha. Patience is a virtue. Am I right, les chaton.ne.s! Don't forget to click on the image for getting redirected to YouTube where you can listen to this record. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Empatía 


Ok, if you have read my blog during these months lately, you must already know I participate to this screamo/emoviolence musical outfit as vocalist. It's kinda weird to review or even discuss here my own musical projects but I'll give you some information about us, though. Empatía was born in Bogotá (late 2017/early 2018) and we've been together since then. We only have released so far: Discography 7" (Miss The Stars Records (Germany), 2020), which compiles two unreleased EPs: 2017-2018, these are some of the tracks in our early/mid-stages as a band, and the split with LAYQA (2019), a now defunct local post punk/hardcore punk band, and more recently, a 3-way split EP with Amitié (USA) and Marée Noire (Canada) (Zegema Beach Records (Canada), Larry Records (USA) et al, 2020). Some of these tracks off these records have been featured in different compilations such as El Basurero del Emo Vol. 2, among others, as well. If you'd like to read some reviews made by Brooklyn Vegan (wow! ha ha), Cielos Ciegos (in spanish, though) and Chaos Is Me blogs about our current works, you can click here, here, here and here. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to our official bandcamp account where you can listen to (and even buy (?)) our music. Highly recommended by many people out there. It seems so ha ha. Enjoy!     

basuraastillada


The last colombian band in this humble entry is basuraastillada, a recently formed band from Bogotá. They only have self-released on digital format only one demo and Pecho De Algodón De Azúcar EP (2020). In fact, the latter just was released when the lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic started here in Colombia some months ago. Yup, we're "confined" since long, long time ago ha ha. Regarding the sound, basuraastillada mixes screamo with math rock and...midwest emo (AKA indie emo). No, I'm not kidding. Sincerely (yet surprisingly) unbeknownst to me, this musical trend has been in the game since some recent years. The only band I can recall right now is Ginestá from Argentina. So, guess what? I really dig basuraastillada's musical style. Indeed, there's the mathy guitar fuzz of some midwest emo-revival acts such as Owen mixed with the fury of mid-00s emoviolence bands like I Wrote Haikus About Cannibalism In Your Notebook. Great mélange of chaotic and melodic music with both clean and screamed as fuck vocal styles singing about how boring and trivial is the world for young adults nowadays. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their music. Highly recommended. Enjoy!    

3) Venezuela 

Captiveri



Captiveri was a short-lived "chaotic hardcore punk" musical project from Zulia that only released Baphomet Mantra Vol. I (Not On Label; Captiveri-self-released, 2016) and nothing more and nothing less. Regarding their sound, Captiveri mixed different styles such as screamo, post-hardcore, post-black metal, sludge and neocrust. Also, this was one of the few screamo bands in LATAM singing exclusively in english with politically-charged dealing with severe critiques to borders, iconoclasm, the hardcore scene and more. Pretty cool. Imagine modern bands such Joliette (Mexico) or Vientre (Colombia) but with a more political agenda. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their music. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

ZETA



ZETA is an experimental and avant-garde hardcore punk musical outfit from Puerto La Cruz and now established in USA. They've been active since 2003 and since them have mixed different styles such as screamo, post-hardcore, post-rock. They also have experimented with very, very strange elements to the hardcore punk spectrum such as folk, jazz and latin fusion, etc. In fact, one of their more recent LPs entitled Magia Infinita (2019), which also was one of our best picks of last year, is a proof of that bold yet fascinating musical approach. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their music. From their ever growing and prolific discography, you can listen to Explosión Del Cosmos Del Alma LP (2013) and L'Antiteoría Del Todo (2016), both more screamo and post-hardcore-driven records but try to listen to their other material. Trust me, it's goddamn good. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

4) Ecuador 

Finlandia / Singapur 



"Neither Finland, Nor Singapur. Just Sound". This is the motto of this interesting Quito-based experimental screamo outfit. During years, I always thought this was the only emo and screamo-related band from the "center of the world". And, it seemed so to be that way. Finlandia / Singapur (whose name comes from a huge philosophical treaty and discussion out there concerning some SpongeBob Squarepants' episodes (no kidding) was active between 2014 and 2017 approximately and did have some different shows in Colombia and Peru as well. Just like other south american screamo bands such as Fiesta Bizarra (Peru) and ZETA (Venezuela), Finlandia / Singapur plays screamo mixed with post rock, math-rock and even shoegaze with heavy emphasis on slow and introspective instrumental-only interludes (with a very raw and lo-fi approach) mixed with some eventual screamed vocals about broken dreams, loneliness, construction/deconstruction dichotomies, and much more.  Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their music. There you will find their singles EP, split with Escape From The Machinery and 19 Junio, 1955 EP (2016). Some unassorted tracks can be found on their Souncloud account as well, which you can listen to by clicking here. Will there ever be an official discography anytime soon? Time will tell...Highly recommended. Enjoy!     

CBRS   


CBRS or Cabras (Goats in english) is the second and last ecuadorian screamo-related musical outfit from Guayaquil that I could find. They only have released one demo (2014), Caminos single (2016), self-titled EP (2017) and Ensayos Sobre Los Afectos EP (2019). Regarding their sound, well, CBRS describe their music as "abrasive music for introspective pvnx" and that's it. Indeed, just like local counterparts Finlandia/Singapur, they mix screamo, post-hardcore, post-rock, math rock and more for creating something very unique and of their own. But the screamed vocal style is way more present and some lyrics are more political aware, though. (Their more recent EP is a proof of this). Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their music. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

5) Brazil

Saddest Day  


As I mentioned you in previous paragraphs, Saddest Day from Belo Horizonte was one of the first screamo-related band from Brazil and the rest of South America. They only self-released one CD entitled Confuso.Certo.Bonito.Complicado.Simples.Feio (1999) and that was it. Also, this band despised the emo term for describing their musical style that even they wrote a whole manifesto explaining why they should be simply described as hardcore. You can read it by clicking here. So, respecting the band's point of view, their sound was closer to those 90s hardcore bands like Elements of Need, Current and Indian Summer with +3 minute long tracks, mix of slow and introspective moments and fast-paced crescendos and screamed vocals. The lyrics were exclusively in english, something really surprising back at the time, with both political and personal content. Finally, click on the image above for downloading their only LP ever released. The download link is a courtesy of El Basurero del Emo blog. Do not miss out this hidden brazilian...hardcore jewel. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

3 Segundos Antes Da Queda


3 Segundos Antes Da Queda (from now on 3SADQ) was a band from Brasilia and was active between 2006 and 2008. They only recorded one demo (2006) and an unreleased self-titled LP, that appeared on the Internet sometime in 2009 when the musical outfit already was disbanded. The latter contains some re-recorded tracks from the demo and some extra unreleased and untitled tracks as well. Regarding the sound, they reminded me of early-00s emo "revival" acts in the US such as Funeral Diner, The Saddest Landscape and Beau Navire with their particular musical instrumentation and execution (+3 minutes long tracks, more slower and introspective instrumental-only interludes, screamed vocals, etc.). I'm pretty sure that 3SADQ's sound really was ahead of their time in the region because many modern latin american post-rock-influenced screamo bands sound like this one in some parts. It's such a shame that they were overshadowed by other more "popular" acts back in the days. Too bad but yeah, shit happens. Finally, click on the image above for downloading all 3SADQ's available material. Highly recommended. Enjoy!    

Liberdade Após A Raiva


Liberdade Após A Raiva (from now on LAAR) is another interesting lost screamo band from Curitiba, regarded by many as brazilian hardcore capital city, active in 2008, that only recorded one unreleased self-titled EP that year. Regarding the sound, they reminded me of 90s french and german protoscreamo outfits such as Anomie, Ivich, Ananda (France), Age and Abyss (Germany) with a very particular vocal style duet (one with screams and the other one more "hardcore"). Just like other hardcore bands in their country, LAAR lyrics were politically-charged and there's one reference to Rick Deckard, the main protagonist of Phillip Dick's 1968 novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? (who was portrayed by Harrison Ford in the 1982 film adaptation Blade Runner). Cool. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their material. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Motim



Motim also was a short-lived band from Curitiba that existed between 2008 and 2010 and only released Sobreviviendo A Uma Rotina De Incertezas EP (2009) and 21'50" EP (2010). On their official bandcamp account, there's also an unreleased untitled single track, recorded back in 2010. Regarding the sound, Motim played a mix of screamo-influenced neocrust and death metal-influenced metalcore, pretty much like SL'S3 (Gallicia, Spain) meets Mörser (Germany), but they also added in other sounds such as post-rock, ambient, math rock and post-hardcore for creating a pretty interesting mix of chaotic and melodic music. Another characteristic to remark to is the vocal style. Indeed, three band members, including the main vocalist, singed along very differently (one screamed, one made gutturals, and the final one did much cleaner sounds, which served as a some sorta chorus in some parts). Their lyrics were in their native language with both political and personal lyrics dealing with issues such as consummerism, emotional instability, free will and more as well. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their material. Highly recommended. Enjoy!     

Meia Lua E Soco



Meia Lua E Soco was another short-lived and cryptic band from Campinas that recorded one EP entitled A Todos Nossos Amigos (2008(?)), which never was officially released on physical format back in the days. Regarding the sound, Meia Lua E Soco mixed screamo, metalcore (mathcore variant) and post-hardcore with both screamed and clean vocals. The latter characteristic also was present in other emerging bands in South America at their time such as Leidan (Chile) and La Última Canción Del Mundo (Argentina). The lyrics also were in portuguese with some personal and political stances. They somewhat reminded of Loxiran and Lebensreform (Germany) in some parts but with a slightly different vocal style as well. I wnoder why...Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their material. The band opened it some months ago. Cool. Highly recommended. Enjoy!     

A Besta Deve Morrer


A Besta Deve Morrer was a short-lived musical act from Curitiba and only released one LP entitled Não se pode evitar certas fatalidades pois o que comanda a vida não é o homem mas um acaso desesperadamente cruel que te move com todas as forças para longe de onde você queira estar (Wow, it's probably the longest name on a screamo record ever!) in 2011. The last track off this record also was part of Algunas Ideas Pueden Ser Peligrosas - Screamo América Latina compilation (2012). Regarding the sound, A Besta Deve Morrer played screamo-influenced neocrust with some traits of other musical styles such as post-rock and sludge. Pretty much like a more pristine version of Ictus and a little bit less "epic". Still, the song structures had + 3 minutes long tracks, with both chaotic and melodic musical execution, complex yet precise instrumentation, a mix of screamed and guttural vocal style, and very, very dark and pessimistic lyrics in their native language.Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their music. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Concreto Morto


Concreto Morto was another band from Curitiba (I do not know if members of the previous band also were involved in this one) that existed somewhere between 2014 and 2016 and only released Vela Preta and 10.ago.14 demos (2014), Viver-Só EP (2014), A Necessidade De Produzir Sempre Foi Antagonista Do Desejo De Criar EP and Medo Do Astrologia EP (2016). Regarding the sound, Concreto Morto played straightforward emoviolence à la Louise Cyphre and June Paik, pretty much like spaniard bands like Gone With The Pain and Enoch Ardon. On their last EP, there are some tracks that really reminded me of the grind mathy savoir faire of Arse Moreira from Mexico. Pretty emotive and intense musical aggressions in a emotional way. It's one of my favorite bands in South America. Too bad they're not a band anymore. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their music. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

De Carne E Flor


De Carne E Flor was a band from São Paulo and only self-released one EP entitled Teto Não Familiar in 2016. Regarding the sound, De Carne E Flor can be described as the brazilian response to Viva Belgrado and Descubriendo A Mr. Mime from Spain. Indeed, their sound is a mix of screamo, post-rock and post-hardcore with a fantastic musical execution. Also, they had very heartbreaking lyrics in their native language dealing with...well, just copy them from their official bandcamp account, paste them on Google Translator and find it for yourselves. If you dig other spanish speaking post-rock-driven screamo bands like Caminos (Chile) and Vientre (Colombia), this is for you. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their music. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Konran Jyoutai

 
Konran Jyoutai is a recently formed band from Curitiba (?) featuring ex and current members of other local hardcore punk acts like Narcose, Never Again, Concreto Morto and Clan Dos Mortos, among others. They only have released thus far one self-titled EP (Crocodilo Records (Brazil), 2019). They also contributed one track to El Basurero del Emo Vol. II compilation (2019). Regarding the sound, Konran Jyoutai plays screamo/emoviolence in the same vein as now all-time classics in the subgenre such as Orchid, Neil Perry and Usurp Synapse (with some slight elements of noise, crust and black metal in some tracks) clearly obsessed with japanese culture. Indeed, the name, track titles and artwork is heavily inspired by "the rising sun" country's culture. The lyrics are sung in their native language with very obscure and defeatist content. This is just pure fucking chaos and I dare to say this is one of the most violent, musically speaking of course, screamo acts in LATAM. Damn, how could I miss this out last year? Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their music. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

6) Peru

Caotic



Caotic, one of the first peruvian screamo bands, appeared sometime in 2008 and only released one 3-way split with Disaster Surf Attack and Bigote Harrison, two chilean powerviolence bands. The band completely disappeared shortly after. Regarding their sound, they played screamo with notorious emoviolence vibes in the same vein as other emerging bands in LATAM back at the time such as Vlado Petrik (Chile) and Zarathustra Has Been Killed In The 70s (Mexico). This is pure passionate and visceral as fuck music. I really dig this 3-way split since it was one of my first non-american screamo records I've ever listened to. Finally, click on the image above for listening to Caotic's side of the aforementioned 3-way split. Due to my moving, I cannot upload this amazing lost but not forgotten south american hardcore record right now but I'll do it once we're installed on the new La Mort D'Un.e. Moderniste's HQ. Promised. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

Angkor Wat 


Angkor Wat was a screamo/emoviolence band from Lima that existed between 2009 and 2018. During their lifespan, they released one self-titled EP, 4-way split EP with Juan Sáyago, Sparx and Procrastinación 1 Yo 0 (Peru) (La Flor Records (Peru), 2011) split EP with Día Gris (Mexico) (La Flor Records, 2013) and contributed tracks to different compilations such as Algunas Ideas Pueden Ser Peligrosas - Screamo América Latina (2012) and Swollen Lungs (2014), among others. Regarding the sound, they played like other emoviolence-driven bands in LATAM such as Arse Moreira (Mexico) and Ostende (Argentina). In fact, along those aforementioned acts, Angkor Wat was during years a screamo referent in the region. I think their legacy can still be tracked down easily. Finally, click on the image above for listening to / downloading the No Tiene Sentido Buscar En Lo Que Ya Está Extinto compilation (La Flor Records, 2018), which reunites all Angkor Wat's works. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Un Viejo Arcoiris



Un Viejo Arcoiris was a short-lived band from Lima that existed between 2012 and 2014. They only released Es Mejor EP (2013) and one split EP with Procrastinación 1 Yo 0 (2014). They also did a reunion show at the tenth anniversary of Movimiento Circular De Los Árboles, a pretty well-known peruvian hardcore/punk blog. (Should I make a concert like that in 4 years? ha ha). At this concert, the band made a cover of one song by Jonas Brothers (no kidding!) and a piñata was unmercifully "killed". Ha ha. Regarding the sound, Un Viejo Arcoiris played post-rock-influenced screamo but neither as experimental nor "ambient" as other ones mostly. Indeed, they played really fast-paced in the same vein as other mexican bands like Per Se, Aves and Die Alone. Even one track slightly tease with post-black metal. (This was the first screamo band in LATAM doing so?) There are a couple instrumental-only tracks as an exception to their style, however. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their only EP. If you want to listen to their split with Procrastinación 1 Yo 0, you can click here. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

Löri


Löri (formerly known as Löri Berensön) was a musical sideproject to other local porjects such as Angkor Wat and Juan Sáyago, among others. During their lifespan, they released  Es Nuestra Propia Injusticia La Que Se Revela Contra Nosotros Mismos (La Flor Records, 2013), split EP with Escaleras (Argentina) (La Flor Records, 2014) (these two records were released as Löri Berensön), split with Yusuke (USA) (La Flor Records, 2014) and Obtusión//Aversión LP (La Flor Records, 2016). Regarding their sound, the band initially played screamo/emoviolence like Agnkor Wat but they gradually incorporated more post-hardcore, sludge, post-rock and even post-black metal elements into their repertory for creating something really experimental to keep an eye on (notably on their only LP ever released). Someone told me long time ago this was a like a some sort of peruvian response to Joliette (Mexico) and, well, technically speaking, yes. It could be. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their music. Highly recommended. Enjoy!     

Moholy Nagy


Moholy Nagy was also a short-lived band from Lima that appeard sometime in 2012 and only released one 3-way split with Junior Healy (USA) and Per Se (Mexico) (La Flor Records, 2012) and contributed one track to Swollen Lungs compilation (2014). This track is less than 5 seconds long and probably the shortest screamo/emoviolence track ever written here in LATAM (and even worldwide). Regarding the sound, Moholy Nagy mixed different styles such as screamo, emoviolence, post-rock and post-hardcore for creating thus a pretty solid music filled with slow and fast-paced overlap changes, screamed vocals, complex and precise musical execution and instrumentation. They really reminded me of screamo bands from Malaysia such as Kias Fansuri and Utarid. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their music. Swollen Lungs compilation already was featured here in the blog so, you can either look for it or wait for its re-feature in the next entries related to this humble special post. It's up to you, les chaton.ne.s! Highly recommended. Enjoy!      

Fiesta Bizarra


Fiesta Bizarra is an experimental band from Trujillo that have been active since 2013. They have released so far: one self-titled (Cósmica! (Perú), 2013), Estar A Favor O En Contra, Qué Más Da? EP (La Flor Records, 2014), Sadness Sorrow Imathgination (La Flor Records / Dingleberry Records (Germany), 2015), Making Waves: 4-way split with Chuck Bass (Germany), Uragano (Italy) and Urughai (Malaysia) (Chloromethane Records (Germany) et al), 4-way split with Tony Danza, La Tole Tole (Peru), Cambiar (Chile) (Awante Independiente Records, 2015) and Reencuentro b/w Bug de Sueños single (La Flor Records, 2017). Regarding the sound, Fiesta Bizarra incorporates different musical styles into their repertory such as screamo, mathcore, post-hardcore, post-black metal, post-rock and more. On early recordings, the music was indeed more abrasive and ferocious compared to their more recent works (notably the 2017 single) since sometime ago they also added in more latin fusion, jazz and bossanova elements but they still retain somewhat their early screamo roots. Interesting. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their music. Highly recommended. Enjoy!         

Fútbol Peruano 1997



Fútbol Peruano 1997 (from now on FP'97) is a screamo band from Lima that only has released so far Lo Que Pasó En 1997, Se Queda En 1997 EP and that's all. Their official bandcamp account does include a rehearsal demo and a 2018 single, however. Their name is a reference an old SNES videogame that was really popular some yesterdays ago. (Here in Colombia, we had our own national edition ha ha). According to the band, they never planned to record anything but after an unknown band finished their respective record session, someone at the studio said to FP'97, whose members were depressed and out of this world at that very specific moment, "Get inside quickly if you want to record something". Regarding the sound, FP'97 played post-rock-influenced screamo with very short songs less than 2 minutes long. But these songs neither are executed on a emoviolence way nor on an epic and experimental one. This is the perfect timing of chaotic and melodic music. Nice. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their music filled with nostalgia and melancholy to both SNES bootleg cartridges (it was kinda obvious, right?) and 90s classic screamo bands like Neil Perry or The Spirit Of Versailles (USA). Such a killer combo. Highly recommended. Enjoy!      

Hiroshima | Nagasaki


Hiroshima | Nagasaki is a fairly new band from Lima that only has contributed one track to El Movimiento De Los Árboles Vol. 2 compilation (2018) amd one demo last year. Regarding the sound, Hiroshima | Nagasaki plays screamo alla italiana influenced by now classic bands like Raein and La Quiete with relatively short and fast-paced songs. There are also some eventual post-rock, ambient and post-everything elements. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their music. Let's wait and see if they release an EP or LP anytime soon. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

María

The last peruvian band in this list, featuring some members of Fútbol Peruano 97, self-released on their official badcamp account their self-titled EP early this year. I knew this band because they were added as an "international special guest" on Fragmentos De Habitaciones Y Lágrimas compilation (Antonia, Amor y Ruido collective (Colombia), 2020). Regarding the sound, María blends screamo with midwest emo, pretty much like basuraastillada (Colombia) does. However, the mix is a little bit different since María gives you the impression of being a more indie emo-oriented band with screamed vocals. Pretty intense and captivating as well. The lyrics are, well, emotive enough to make you cry while smoking pot. I already did it. But, you, please, no. Don't do it. I warned you, les chaton.ne.s! Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their music. I'll consider this EP as one of our best picks of this year. I hope to not forget about them. Nothing personal, though. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

7) Uruguay

Avitación 101


Avitación 101 (Do not confuse it with Habitación 101 from Catalunya, Spain) is a political hardcore punk band led by a womyn from Montevideo. Their musical style blends screamo, neocrust and metalcore with politically-charged lyrics dealing with topics such as feminism, capitalism, catholic church, and much more. If you dig neocrust bands like Asfixia (Basque Country, Spain) and Gattaca (Czechia AKA Czech Republic) since Avitación 101's musical execution and instrumentation is similar to those ones'. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their side of the split with Ruinas (Argentina). Ruinas' side can be listened to by clicking here. Their split with ZAT (Chile) can be listened to through Crecer Records' (Uruguay) official bandcamp account by clicking here, their split with Wild Dögs (Spain) can be listened to through Romantic Songs Recordings' (Spain) official bandcamp account by clicking here and, last but not least, their split with Beatriz Carnicero (Uruguay) can be listened to through the uruguayan grindviolence monster's official bandcamp account by clicking here. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

8) Puerto Rico

Ma Catharsis Et La Mort 



We finally conclude this entry with a musical group from Puerto Rico. I have to admit that this interesting boricua experimental screamo was added at the very last minute because I realized of their existence just after listening to the second volume of Todas Las Fronteras Son Imaginarias (2014) compilation. This is the only band from there that I could find. They were active from 2012 to 2015 approximately and only released Extended Pain EP (Driftwood Records (USA), 2013) and split with Kitsch (Puerto Rico) (2014). Some of their tracks have been featured in different international hardcore punk compilations out there as well.  Regarding their sound, well, if you have listened to other featured bands in this special post so far such as Joliette (Mexico) and Vientre (Colombia), Ma Catharsis Et La Mort could be appealing to you. Indeed, you'll find in here pretty complex yet well-executed cathartic and violent-driven post-rock-influenced screamo like nothing else out there. Pretty amazing band. I almost miss them out. Ha ha ha. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / buy their music. Kitsch's side can be listened to by clicking here however. FFO: Carrion Spring and Loma Prieta (US). Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!  

Friday, July 17, 2020

MOAR records to look at this 2020. Some of your review submissions and more updates on our (un)official partners' catalogs


Note: Nope 

Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We finally are back with MOAR records to look at this 2020 as well as some of your review submissions. This entry was suppossed to be published last Monday but, as I stated in the previous entry, I currently am on moving and some things in the (un)real world have demanded me time. Also, some things have been kinda difficult due to a new lockdown here in the city and that demotivates a lot. A lot. But I gotta stay focused on things and don't let you down either, les chaton.ne.s! Finally, the previously announced 33th birthday special post and the two secret mini-special posts as well have been pushed to next month. This week-end and the next week, I'll try to finish off "La Carencia" special post since I won't have Internet access from July 27 to August 3. Ouch, that hurts. As always, I thank you all for your love, patience and support. With all that written, let's begin! 

1) Larry Records (USA)

NYSCREAM: A Compilation 


Featured bands: ArmyWives, Aspine, Aspartame, Pique, Lytic and Chiming (USA). 

As you may know, screamo subgenre really hasn't been popular at all in different hardcore/punk circles around the world. New York City wasn't an exception to this rule either but some interesting outfits surprisingly emerged from this "concrete jungle" at some point of its convulsed hardcore historia, for example, Saetia. Now, this compilation show us off some of the bands belonging to the small yet fascinating modern NYC-screamo "scene". These featured tracks are brand new and exclusive to this release. Some of these musical outfits, such as Pique and Lytic, already have been featured here in the blog and the other ones, well, were a complete mystery to me prior to listen to this record. Finally, click on the image above for listening to this record. Pretty amazing. This is also a co-release with Limited to One Records and there will be a very limited physical copies run (both lathe (20) and tapes (60)) so, get it while you can. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Mirin Bide (Chile) - Aberración EP tape 

  
This recently formed chilean screamo outfit features some current members of other local renowned screamo/emoviolence outfit Tara. If you have read thoroughly the blog in the last months, you must already know them. So, Mirin Bide's sound almost is exact as Tara's but with a more raw and lo-fi approach to some extent. The lyrics still are politically-charged and there are some eventual spoken words of a womyn in the slower breakdown interludes as well, which is something very rare for the screamo subgenre nowadays. And, yes, the record only lasts less than 7-minutes long. Hell, fuckin' yes. Of course, this band would have been featured in the chilean chapter of our "La Carencia" special post but, well, I am very happy for them that our chaton.ne.! of Larry Records is releasing more latin american screamo-related outfits' material. This kind of news cannot be kept in secret too much time, right? The physical edition's release date is August 15th. Finally, click on the image above for listening to this record. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Republic Of Dreams / Alles Brennt (Germany) split


This record was released early this year on 7" vinyl by React With Protest (Germany) and IFB Records (USA) that went out of stock very, very quickly. Both our chaton.ne.s! of Zegema Beach Records (Canada) and Larry Records (USA) will re-release this great split on tape format (Very limited copies as well. Grab one while you can!). So, what's the fuzz behind this record? Well, it has Republic of Dreams on it, one of the greatest modern german emoviolence bands. You need more? Well, Alles Brennt is a recently formed german band whose musical style isn't that far from Republic Of Dreams'. Well, kinda. Finally, click on the image above for listening to this record. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Mis Sueños Son De Tu Adiós (Argentina) / Sano Ex Machina (Japan) split tape

  
Our chaton.ne.! Enzo has released another great tracks with his solo project Mis Sueños Son De Tu Adiós and, this time around, he's not that alone at all since Sano Ex Machina from Japan joined in. Let's start with the japanese musical act's side. So. Sano Ex Machina is a duo from Osaka that plays raw and melancholic emoviolence that will really remind you of german outfits like Louise Cyphre and Tristan Tzara. The second track off this record, June, has a mix of post-rock-driven indie emo and their unique emoviolence style with both chaotic and melodic traits, however. Dope. If you'd like to listen to other material from this band, you can click here. And, last but not least, the argentinian Jerome's Dream's (un)written loveletter brings us new music which is not that different from previous works but the inclusion of spoken words during the slow-paced breakdown interludes really somewhat reminded me of IDC, a cryptic mid-00s screamo/post-hardcore band from Argentina. His first track off, Derrotadx/Aplastadx, has a pretty cool industrial/electronica intro with the Jerome's Dreams-esque vocal pitch, with later black metal-driven blast beats and even the WTF sass grindy execution. Amazing. Finally, this was meant to be a digital-only release but Larry Records and Kakusan Records (Norway) will release some tapes (limited copies, obviously) later this year. Finally, click on the image above for listening to this record. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 
       
2) Adult Crash Records (Denmark)

Kasshuve (Sweden) - Grisabold EP



Some days ago, we published the K-Town Hardcore Fest 2020 compilation tape (you can refresh your memory by clicking here) featuring some of the bands that could be playing this mid-September (if nothing weird happens with the pandemic before) and Kasshuve is one of them. I think this is their debut EP. So, this 8-track record features one of the best examples of how modern swedish hardcore bands interprets the good ol' fashioned d-beat formula in the region. Indeed, the music is short, fast and loud enough to please your unconditional love to now all-time classics such as Headcleaners, Shitlickers and Totalitär with some slight crust 'n roll elements added in. Finally, click on the image for listening to/download for free this record. Highly recommended. Enjoy!        

Stray Bullet (UK) - self-titled EP


This is another interesting debut EP from this Sheffield-based hardcore band. They also are suppossed to participate to the aforementioned danish hardcore fest in the previous paragraphs. Regarding the sound, Stray Bullet mostly plays d-beat-influenced hardcore (both swedish and japanese styles) mixed with some interesting 90s Cleveland and 80s Portland hardcore traits as well. Indeed, you can imagine of a forbidden mix of Mob-47 (Sweden), Systematic Death (Japan), Confront and Poison Idea (USA). Something not really imaginable two decades ago. Finally, click on the image for listening to this record. Absolutely great. Highly recommended. Enjoy!    

Zyfilis (Sweden) - Alla Ska Ha... LP 



The finally long-awaited full-length album of this impressive swedish hardcore powerhouse led by a womyn is here. They also have been previously featured here in the blog as we mentioned their only available material back then: demo '17 and split EP with Muro (Colombia). So, if you have kept track of this band, you already must know their musical style basically is d-beat-influenced hardcore punk with some modern mid-tempo paced execution. I'm pretty sure the early EPs of Discharge in the 80s will surely come to mind after listening to this. Neat. Finally, click on the image for listening to this record. Highly recommended. FFO: Vidro, HAG, Axe Rash (Sweden), UZI (Colombia) and Törso (US). Enjoy!    

3) Zegema Beach Records (Canada) 

Nuvaloscura (USA) - As We Suffer From Memory And Imagination LP 



This is the second LP from this awesome band from Los Angeles, California. This record definitely is way more chaotic, technical and even progressive than the previous LP (one of our best picks of last year, BTW). Indeed, some musical parts will you give the impression that this is like a some sort of a more screamo-oriented Converge's Jane Doe LP era mixed with Oathbreaker's pre-Reia LP era. I think I have nothing more to say about this record. Just listen to it. If you dig modern bands such as Blind Girls and Lord Snow, this is for you. Another potential candidate for our best picks list of 2020. Definitely. Finally, click on the image for listening to this record. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Blue Noise (USA) - World Of Harm LP 



I think this is the full-length album from this american one-person band. I have no information prior to this record except for the fact that this is made by Maya Chun, who has also been involved in other musical projects such as Déraciné (a kinda screamo supergroup featuring members of Coma Regalia, Gas Up Yr Hearse! and Carrion Spring), among others. Regarding the sound, Blue Noise is a mix of screamo, black metal, post-hardcore and metalcore that really reminded me of Celeste from France but with a more atmospheric and ethereal touch in the same vein as renowned blackgaze and post-black metal bands like Alcest (also from France) and Deafheaven (US). It is pretty unlikely to listen to this kind of records lately so, give yourself a favor and listen to this. Awesome.  Another potential candidate for our best picks list of 2020. Definitely. Finally, click on the image for listening to this record. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 
   
Mattachine (USA) - Isolation As A Form Of Torture LP


We've seen lately the rise of screamo bands made by individuals from the LGBTiQA community, for example, Binary (USA) or .44lovecaliberletter (Chile/Sweden). Well, Mattachine also makes part of that and their music is a dark, menacing and self-aware attack to those who have misjudged, mistreated and undermined queer, non-binary and other genre dissident individuals. Indeed, their music is a fantastic mix of screamo, post-black metal, mathcore and even sass grind thus creating something unique and personal of their own. This is just pure fuckin' chaos. As a curious fact, the lyrics of Boys Beware track is an adapted text from the Queer Nation Manifesto, which was originally distributed by ACT UP at the NYC Gay Parade in 1990. Cool. Of course, this is another potential candidate for our best picks of 2020. Finally, click on the image for listening to this record. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 
         
4) A-HA Network (USA)

Felipe Pupo - Día De Los Muertos EP 



This is one of the few surprises I found in my inbox since I really am not used to listen to experimental music like this one. Felipe Pupo is an experimental band from Philadelphia and this EP is a concept album mixing afrobeat, hardcore punk and even some latin fusion music. Indeed, for example, Repo Man, the second track off, kicks off like a conventional 80s US hardcore and later has a more chill lounge-oriented beat as interlude and later retakes the hardcore side until the end. Pretty impressive. Finally, click on the image for listening to this record. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 
             
5) Pest Records (Romania)

Phobos Monolith (Mexico) - When The Light Will Fade LP


Another big surprise found in my chaotic and messed up inbox. I must confess that I have little knowledge about what happens within the underground musical spaces in eastern european countries like Romania. In fact, I guess I only have listened to a few romanian hardcore bands in my entire life. However, Pest Records, which is a Transylvania-based metal record label, sent me over this interesting recommendation. Phobos Monolith is a melodic death metal band from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. This is apparently their full-length album. Regarding the sound, Phobos Monolith draws influences from melodic death metal and doom metal with very abstract and "cosmic" lyrics. If you dig bands like Katatonia or Paradise Lost, you should check this out. I think this is the first metal record we've ever published and I did an exception to our rule because it reminded me of good ol' years of musical discovery. Yup, I used to listen to metal before getting into punk. Kinda weird, right? Finally, click on the image for listenimg to this record. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 
                 
6) Bulk Bogan (New Zealand) - Suplex EP 



Another country whose local underground musical "scene" I'm not really familiar with is New Zealand. Indeed, I guess only a few bands from that "land at end of the world". Luckily, Bulk Bogan wrote me down and gladly asked me to feature their more recent LP: Suplex. In general terms, Bulk Bogan, whose name is an evident parody of a well-known WWE luchador (now a meme), plays grindcore-influenced powerviolence with some slight elements from other musical genres. For example, someone described the post-punk driven track Problem as "Dead Kennedys after climbing a Mount Everest of amphetamines" (best description ever!), Shit Eating Grin has like some sort of grim and frostbitten black metal aura and Don't Touch My Shit is a "skramz-inflected call and response". So, yeah, the music is short, tight and frantic with lyrics filled with irony, sarcasm and how boring life can be. You know, the way we love this kind of extreme hardcore variants. Finally, click on the image for listening to this record. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

7) Entzauberung (France) - Stay At Home And Hear The Birds Singing single 



Entzauberung is an one-person band from Paris, France that has been featured here in the blog quite a few times before. Unlike previous screamo/emoviolence-influenced material, this instrumental-only single is way more experimental, thus more into some kind of an unique and personal atmospheric post-metal, drone and sludge vibe. Indeed, after listening to this, it reminded me of somewhere between Isis and Cult of Luna without the gruff vocal style. This track was recorded during the lockdown in the Hexagone when the COVID-19 pandemic started early this year. And, citing the artist, this is "to remember and to document this lockdown period. A period as strange as unique, heavy and source of anxiety. Nevertheless, thanks to the lockdown, even in the heart of big cities, you can hear the birds singing all day long. Sweet melodies usually silenced by our noisy life". Nice.  Let's wait and see an upcoming album with this new musical direction. Finally, click on the image for listening to this record. Highly recommended. Enjoy!       

8) Sakatat (Turkey) - Bir Devrin Sonu LP


Sakatat is a turkish grindcore band that was active from 2005 to 2013. This record, which can be translated to "the end of an era", originally was released in 2012 (Grindfather Productions (UK) et al) and only 8 years after, the band officially re-released it on their bandcamp account. Regarding the sound, Sakatat is pure old-school grindcore in both flesh and bone. Indeed, you can detect the evident influence of huge classics like Warsore, Assück, Terrorizer and S.OB., for naming a few. Their musical execution just is a brutal display of nonsense auditive violence that will incite you to believe in grindcore's natural distorted campaign of musical destruction as a real thing. A big, real one. This re-release also includes two unreleased covers of S.O.B. and Grossmember. And, all the proceeds will be donated to a NGO (No idea which one is). Finally, click on the image for listening to/buy this record. Astonishing as fuck. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

9) Corona Records (Argentina) 

Degollada (Argentina) - Demo 


Degollada is a recently formed band led by a womyn featuring members of other local acts such as Veneno and Forra and this is their debut demo. Degollada's sound is kinda unique since is an interesting mix of d-beat-influenced mid-tempo paced hardcore, some traditional punk and post-punk traits. You can think of if the Pervers / Deutscher Abschaum (Germany) split EP went hardcore. Well, just a little more. Pretty much like that. Finally, click on the image for listening to/buy this record. You cannot ignore their primitive and minimalistic approach so easily. Highly recommended. Enjoy!     

Veneno (Argentina) - Justicia Argentina LP



Some months ago, I listened to this record and I was waiting for the moment to finally feature it. Back then, Veneno's first full-length album was released on digital format by the band themselves but it will eventually have a physical release later this year through Corona Records. Regarding the sound, Veneno plays straightforward hardcore punk with the d-beat-influenced mid-tempo paced execution that modern hardcore bands tend to incorporate nowadays. However, the vocal style is as aggressive as more violent modern american hardcore bands like GAG and Vile Gash and even some tracks slightly tease with black metal. This is the type of frantic hardcore you'd always want to listen to while your favorite latin american "in development" country falls apart due to its inherent corruption, double standard and broken dreams. The end is near, the darkness comes...Another potential candidate for our best picks list of 2020. Finally, click on the image for listening to/buy this record. Enjoy! 

Quimeras (Colombia) - Demo



The long-awaited recordings from this Bogota-based hardcore punk band finally has been released. However, it's just a demo. This band was formed due to the lack of womyns' pressence within their male-dominated local hardcore/punk space. At some point, the drummer left the band and was replaced by the drummer of Abuso and UZI. With this final line-up, this demo was recorded early this year. I've been told that they would self-release it on tape format but Corona Records will do it instead. Regarding the sound, Quimeras plays d-beat-influenced hardcore punk with the tupatutupa charm of latin american hardcore bands in the 80s. Indeed, you'll get the impression of listening to a primitive yet precise mid-tempo paced and pogo-driven hardcore punk. Also, their vocalist's vocal style has neither additional effects nor sound arrangements, it's just simple and plain condensed fury. And, as you can imagine, the lyrics are both personal and political with feminist stances. Let's wait and see if they release an EP or LP in the near future. FFO: Exit Order, La Misma (USA), Forra (Argentina/UK) and Piñen (Catalunya, Spain). Finally, click on the image above for listening to/buy this record. Highly recommeded. Enjoy!        
        
10) Condere Records (Colombia)

Cold Stab (Colombia) - Demo (preview) 



Cold Stab is a recently formed queer straight edge hardcore punk from Bogotá featuring current members of different local musical outfits such as Revival, Ceguera and Empatía, among others. Unlike some of those aforementioned acts, Cold Stab is more into classic 80s NYHC and Boston styles mixed with the modern d-beat-influenced mid-tempo-paced hardcore, which it seems to be the rule nowadays. At this moment, there's only one track available entitled Quebrar, whose lyrics display a defying and outspoken attitude towards those who don't respect non-heterosexual displays of love: "Look at me with your despise / Look at me with your hate / Point me out with your finger / I'm gonna break it". Nice. I hope to listen to the whole demo anytime soon and, of course, wait for an upcoming EP or LP. Finally, click on the image above for listening to this record. Highly recommeded. Enjoy! 

Mangual (Colombia) - self-titled LP 

           
We finally conclude with this outstanding LP. You know, here in Colombia, just like other hardcore subgenres, powerviolence has had its ups and downs. In fact, it really is easy to count with your hands' fingers how many bands are currently playing like that. So, Mangual, featuring members of Reacción Al Silencio, pays homage to the classic 90s powerviolence style mixed with modern hardcore traits. Indeed, there's the iconic slow sludgy-paced overwhelming breakdowns and fast as fuck blast beats mix performed in the same vein as current outfits like ACxDC or Sex Prisoner (USA). The lyrics also have political content dealing with issues such as private property, earth liberation, academic despotism, some references to colombian inner conflict, capitalism and much more. You cannot miss this band out. Another potential candidate for our best picks list of 2020. Finally, click on the image above for listening to this record. Highly recommeded. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!