Thursday, June 21, 2018

Amenazas / Sinnaciön / Pesticida SS / Huasipungo 4-way split
Featured bands: Amenazas, Pesticida SS (Colombia), Sinnaciön (France) and Huasipungo (USA).

Coucou, les! We're back with another quick update. Last week, our friends from Ruido Total Discos (France/Colombia) released the digital edition of this upcoming 4-way split. The physical edition is expected to be published in late August. The mastermind behind this project was the main vocalist of Amenazas (who also owns Maldito Sudaca Records) and the artwork was made by one of the members of Pesticida SS. As a curious fact, the hanged men are a priest, a politician, a police officer and one member of illegal groups in Colombia. Also, the executioner is hanging a business man, whose apparel resembles somewhat to the business man's featured in the front cover of Anthrax's Capitalism Is Cannibalism (Crass Records, 1982), an all-time classic british anarcho-punk opus.  

Now, the featured bands have already appeared here in the blog. Firstly, we have our! of Amenazas. This band recently released their long-awaited debut self-titled EP (if you want to read the review, click here) and we've exceedingly wrote about them in different colombian hardcore punk-related posts.  So, they're back with their Ruido y Memoria (Noise and Memory in Spanish) stance along with their brutal swedish d-beat-influenced hardcore punk interpretation. This time, they're more outspoken denouncing the horrors sowed and collected in the colombian inner armed conflict. Indeed, the featured tracks deal with some obscure and shameful massacres which, most of them, are still unpunished today. We all know the actors/actresses of these nonsensical campaigns of doom. They can't fool us anymore...Finally, their sound is much faster and advanced than previous works but without leaving aside the magical and visceral touch of latin american hardcore bands. 

Secondly, we have our also! of Sinnaciön, colombianxs exiled in France. It's been a long time since I have news from them. I think I haven't wrote anything about them since the blog is in english. Following their amazing self-titled (2015), they shared a split with Muerte Cotidiana (Spain) in 2016 and contributed different tracks to some international hardcore compilations (most of them already available here in the blog).  For this record, the band has experienced a pretty considerable evolution but their d-beat (mostly swedish and japanese) roots are still intact. Also, the lyrics are more outspoken dealing with how our fucked-up life is, the inner armed conflict in Colombia, unjust labor laws, drug and oil wars, etc. And, there's an impressive cover to Dexconcierto's Sin Nacionalidad, an all-time classic in the Punk Medallo style (the original colombian hardcore punk sound). Finally, I'd like to receive more news from this band but they're currently on a sort of "indefinite hiatus" since their bass player returned to Colombia and is also playing with Amenazas. We'll just have to wait what will happens next...

Next, in the third place, we have Pesticida SS from Ipiales, a city in the south of Colombia near to the border with Ecuador. They appeared a year and a half ago in an entry dedicated to the best colombian picks of 2016 in a compilation named Histeria Colectiva I, which compiled other hardcore punk bands from their native city. You can refresh your memory by clicking here.  Among all the featured bands, this one particularly caught my attention since it's not really common seeing hardcore bands from that part of the country. Also, their musical execution, heavily inspired by classic d-beat outfits such as Shitlickers (Sweden), Disclose (Japan) and Besthöven (Brazil), is amazing and has nothing to envy to other national "disclones" out there. Finally, their lyrics are also politically-charged dealing with issues such as war, despair and misery, among others. I'll definitely try to be more aware of the scene in the south of Colombia after recalling this kind of bands. Kudos for that. 

Last but not least, we have Huasipungo, one of the most influential US-based latinx/chicanx hardcore punk bands in the 90s. We already have written about them in our infamous yet successful Más Allá De Los Gritos! 90s U.S.-based Latino and Chicano Hardcore Punk bands special post. You can read the original review by clicking here. For this record, Huasipungo bring their iconic hardcore style with the perfect mix of north american and latin american old school hardcore punk styles with politically-charged spanish lyrics dealing with issues such as immigration, xenophobia, racism, and other topics still relevant today. It seems like they have unveiled some cryptic tracks from two decades ago but fortunately they're brand new. I'm glad they're back. And, oh! yes, I forgot to mention in the original entry that their main vocalist is from Colombia. How could I forget that? Mmm...yes...I know why...

Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to the official bandcamp account where you can listen to this amazing 4-way split and either download it for free or paying the price you consider right. And, of course, when we get our physical copy, it will be immediately uploaded here in the blog. I know I still owe you the physical editions of most of the compilations and splits published by Ruido Total Discos so far but I'm still working on it and I'll try to fulfill my promise shortly after acquiring this 4-way split.  Don't forget to read the original reviews here, here, here, here and here for refreshing your memory. Highly recommended. Enjoy and see you next time. Kisses and hugs!

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