Thursday, August 9, 2018

Sesiones En Negro (Black Sessions): Vudú, Yo Soy La Destrucción!, Abuso, El Maquinista, Richard Tex Tex, Pürga and Empatía

Note: I didn't know what kind of image I'd feature here. Sorry. 

Coucou, les! We're back with a special entry. This time, we'll feature a series of videos named Sesiones En Negro (Black Sessions in english), an audiovisual project made by Julián Baracaldo, a colombian filmmaker, who is registering some of the emerging bands from the local hardcore/punk scene (I know you wanted MOAR). So, as the name suggests, all the videos are in black and white and most of them have less than 10 minutes length. Also, some of the featured bands haven't recorded anything yet (including mines ha ha) but all of them have had at least 1 live performance. 

Now, this is the first I feature videos directly taken from YouTube (The source is obviously Mr. Baracaldo's channel). Likewise, I was thinking about doing so in previous entries but I'll remain faithful to our old-fashioned "written review and download links" format. So, this is probably the only special occasion for applying an exception to such rule but maybe, just maybe, in the near future I'd reconsider using again this audiovisual support. 

Lastly, don't forget to visit Julián Baracaldo's YouTube channel and find some other goodies out he's made lately, as well as being updated if a new Sesión En Negro appears. Also, I'll only add a very brief description of each band since I don't have much time. Enjoy and see you next time. Stay tuned for more upcoming surprises. With all that written, let's begin.    


Vudú is a d-beat and crust punk influenced-hardcore punk band from Bogotá D.C. with a duet of both female and male vocals and lyrics with both political and personal stances. They have auto-called their style as Punk Primitivo and also share members with thrashcore band Devenir (Rionegro/Bogotá D.C.) which has been featured here in the blog a few times before. Finally, they contributed some tracks to a compilation whose name I don't quite remember right now. I'l try to get it and feature it in the near future. I'll wait patiently for more news coming from this band. For Fans Of: Nausea, Detestation, Aus-Rotten (USA) and Makiladoras (Netherlands). Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Yo Soy La Destrucción!

This Bogotá D.C.-based hardcore punk band (from now on YSLD!) features members of different hardcore punk bands such as Deshuesadero (México), ZETA (Venezuela), Amenazas, Abuso, Pütchi and El Maquinista (Colombia). Unfortunately, they haven't recorded anything yet and the future of the band is uncertain since half of the formation is abroad and they seem to be outside for a long time...Regarding the sound, YSLD! has different crust punk and black metal influences reminiscent to classic neocrust and blackened crust outfits such as Fall Of Efrafa (UK), Downfall Of Gaia (Germany), Iskra (Canada), Asedio and Ictus (Spain), for naming a few. Also, in the same vein as these aforementioned acts, the band tend to mix both hyper fast music with slower and introspective interludes with lots of distortion and harmonic traits. Pretty neat. I hope to receive more news coming from this band, even if they change their line-up. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 



We've already mentioned this impressive outfit in the previous post when we reviewed V/A Silla Eléctrica - Punk Colombia 2018 compilation (You can refresh your memory by clicking here). So, it won't be necessary writing more about this band in this entry. I'd finally add that for this session there are some songs that weren't featured in the aforementioned collection and you should give it a try too. I really hope to see more material from this band in the near future. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

El Maquinista 

This outstanding hardcore punk band features members of different local bands such as Strike, Vorágine and Yo Soy La Destrucción!, among others. Unlike the aforementioned acts, El Maquinista plays short, fast and loud hardcore punk with both metalcore and powerviolence influences. In fact, you can think of a weird mix of Gehenna, Weekend Nachos, Dropdead (USA) and Res Gestae (Colombia). I really like their musical execution and instrumentation which is overwhelming and visceral enough for throwing chairs from an 11th floor. Finally, they will recording their long-awaited EP soon since their second guitarist will be abroad during some time. I'll keep you updated with more news coming from this band. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Richard Tex Tex 

This band features members of different colombian hardcore/punk bands such as Cinco Sentidos (Ibagué) and Los Maricas (Bogotá D.C.). At some point, they also shared the same drummer with Yo Soy La Destrucción! (Bogotá D.C.) and ZETA (Venezuela) but he's currently abroad and I don't know which is the line-up right now. Regarding the sound, the band argues that they play "neo purista", a sort of pop punk revival paying homage to all-time classics such as NOFX, Lagwagon, Screeching Weasel, The Queers(USA), etc. I also detect some melodic hardcore traits of bands like Lifetime, Kill Your Idols (USA) and Satanic Surfers (Sweden), notably in the featured songs in this Sesión. Note that these tracks are absent in La Aparición de Richard Tex Tex EP (self-released, 2018), their debut album, and some of them are in the mysterious compilation mentioned above in Vudú's paragraph. Finally, visit their bandcamp by clicking here. Highly recommended. Enjoy!


This is a hardcore punk band from Bogotá D.C. that's been in the game since some time ago. As far as I know, they only have released one self-titled EP in late december 2017. You can hear it by clicking here. Regarding the sound, Pürga has different hardcore and punk influences (notably old school latin american hardcore, UK82 and punk ibérico) even adding some crossover thrash and, surprisingly, rocksteady and ska elements into their repertory without losing the grip. A pretty interesting musical execution to be honest. If you enjoyed local acts such as NN Punk, Cadáver and Lupus, featured in V/A Fuerza Ingobernable I - Punk Colombia 2017 compilation (You can refresh your memory by clicking here), Pürga will surely please you. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 


Last but not least, I'll final-fuckin'-ly present to you my current band: Empatía.  In fact, we recorded this session last week and it was the perfect excuse to feature it here in the blog ha ha ha. I must admit it's a little bit weird reviewing my own band, however. Regarding the sound, for me this is a hardcore punk band with both screamo and emoviolence influences but we also put our own interpretation of post-rock, math rock, grindcore and black metal in some songs. And, yes, this means we put lots of melodic guitar chords, harsh vocals and blast beats. As a curious fact, many people has described our sound as either neocrust (notably recalling spanish bands such as Pulpita de Fruta or Das Plague) or even grindcore (someone said we played as Napalm Death (!)) but you can draw your own conclusions. Finally, we're about to record pretty soon our first EP, so I'll keep you updated when we finally release it. Hope you like it. See you next time. Kisses and hugs!

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