Tuesday, August 13, 2019

8 new colombian hardcore punk releases

 Note: Your idols will eventually fall...

Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with another quick entry. This time I'll feature you some of the most recent hardcore punk releases this year thus far. There aren't that much, though. I still don't have much time either but I also hope you will like this entry. If you follow thoroughly the blog as I imagine, you must already know half of the content of this humble entry. Yup. Lastly, I'll owe you the physical editions but I'll try to get them, digitize them, and upload them as soon as possible. With all that written, let's begin!

1) Amor y Rabia / Renkore split 


You know, "Good things take time" and this interesting split EP is no exception. Indeed, this took about 4 or 5 years in the making for seeing the light.  Firstly, our chaton.ne.s! of Amor y Rabia, whose signature "emo d-beat" style is almost intact and shines in the dark for the last time ever. Yes, this is their goodbye (something that most of their members wanted for good ha! :/). The songs are a little bit longer than previous works but still manage the characteristic gruff and screamed vocal duet and very abstract lyrics content they were known for. As a curious fact, the track named "Seguimos caminando junto a los inmortales" has a piano excerpt of Hope, one song originally performed by Yani (R.I.P.), a venezuelan musician that had a one-man post-punk project. Secondly, we have our also chaton.ne.s! of Renkore contributing two brand new tracks with their signature crustcore style with female and male vocal duet screaming politically-charged lyrics, which particularly deal with androgyny and broken dreams. Nice. Finally, I'm still waiting for my physical copy but, in the meantime, click here and here for listening to each side of the "compartido". I think you're gonna love it as much as I do. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

2) A Sangre Fría - Demo '19

https://asangrefriapxv.bandcamp.com/album/todo-o-nada-demo-19

A Sangre Fría is a recently formed group featuring ex-members of the now extinct local hardcore Terco and Beat The Boss, among others. This is their first demo and I really like the job done. Indeed, they play powerviolence in the same vein as Sex Prisoner and Water Torture. Pure goddamn jockviolence style, baby. Yeah. The lyrics are politically-charged and deal with some aspects of the apparently never ending inner conflict here in Colombia, notably the rise of extreme right-wing paramilitar groups. Oh, and I almost forgot. There's also a cover of Jockviolence by Weekend Nachos. Pretty convenient, right? Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp where you can listen to this record. You'll also find some alternate outtakes and raw recordings of the demo as well. Can't wait for their full-length album. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 


3) Exilio - self-titled EP

https://exilio.bandcamp.com/album/self-titled?fbclid=IwAR2IgezH_0xgYCILBqPdP3nCGdr0Qjy2LOVq-4ZzCHIVWZiMKmIssLOxRpI

Yes, it's final-fuckin'-ly here. The highly anticipated debut album from our venezuelan friends, now based here in Bogotá D.C., sees the light. The name means "exile" in spanish and makes reference to how the band members feel about leaving behind their native country for better life opportunities. So, their sound is a mix of crust and d-beat with female vocals and short and straight-to-the-point musical execution, really reminiscent of swedish classics like Totalitär and Disfear, but with the visceral and forceful latinx touch. The lyrics, as you may already have guessed, are politically-charged dealing with corruption, violence, immigration issues, etc. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp where you can listen to this record. A potential candidate for our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!          

4) Falso Dios - Dios Digital

https://falsodios.bandcamp.com/releases

This is a one-man grindcore band from one member of ZEN//AKU (I'm not sure which one is), a grindcore band from Cali. What can I write about this record? It's fantastic. Indeed, the music is short, fast and loud. It's not that different to ZEN//AKU's style (somewhere between Magrudergrind and Hatred Surge) but there are some songs with some cybergrind affinities in the same vein as Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Iamerror. Pretty dope. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp where you can listen to this record. A potential candidate for our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

5) Incendiariat - Maher Shalal Hash Baz 

https://incendiariat.bandcamp.com/

Maher-shalal-hash-baz ("Hurry the spoils" or "He has made haste to the plunder" in hebrew) is the second prophetic-child name after the birth of Immanuel meaning the impending plunder of Samaria and Damascus by the king of Assyria, Tiglath-Pileser III (734-732 BCE). With this weird biblical reference, Incendiariat says goodbye to this fucked up world with, probably, their best material ever to date. Indeed, their unique screamo-influenced style gets more elements of post-metal, ambient and drone than before. The lyrics are still abstract and incomprehensible as always with some political content. Nice. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp where you can listen to this record. A potential candidate for our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

6) Muro - Live at Antípoda Bar - Festival Asfixia II (07/12/2019), Bogotá D.C. 

https://fuerzaingobernablediscos.bandcamp.com/album/muro-en-vivo-festival-asfixia-ii-ant-poda-bogot-cs

Muro, regarded by many as the best modern hardcore band in the world nowadays, is back with some preview of their upcoming 2nd LP, which is expected to be released before the year ends. This is a live performance in Asfixia II festival, which was held last month at Antípoda Bar here in Bogotá and featured different hardcore and punk bands from the country and 2 international guests: Armamento Fatal (US) and Youth Avoiders (France). So, the quality sound of the record is outstanding and perfectly retains Muro's own signature "Ataque Hardcore Punk" style (this time around more influenced by 80s italian hardcore), which is getting more and more intense and ferocious with every new release. I cannnot wait for the full-length album. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp where you can listen to this record. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

7) The Tryout - Todos Odian  EP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rpS6Irwaco&list=PLnYoJ6rmVxqn_bfCf4ghVi75mFqIrXXwk&index=1

Ok, les chaton.ne.s! I gotta be honest with you. This band hasn't been my cup of tea at all but, with the release of this impressive EP, I totally have changed my mind. Indeed, the musical style reminded me of great dutch hardcore bands like No Turning Back and All For Nothing with more outspoken, defying and politically-charged lyrics. This new shift really motivated me to include them here in the blog. There are also some songs featuring a female vocalist, who is the same womyn that participated to Coyote's Nemesis Latrans CD (one of our best picks of last year). Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to the official Towers of Acre's YouTube channel where you can listen to this record. I could consider it as a potential candidate for our best picks of this year. Well done. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

8) Valium - Animales

https://valiumibahell.bandcamp.com/album/animales

We finally conclude this entry with the recent work from our chaton.ne.s! of Valium from Ibagué AKA Ibahell. Since their contributed tracks to their split with Trimegisto from Ecuador (remember one of our best picks of last year), Valium is incorporating more elements of metal punk into their crossover thrash/crust fusion. This record is no exception to the rule, however. The lyrics are still politically-charged with more references to veganism and animal liberation and the inner conflict here in Colombia as well as other topics such as misery, corruption, consumerism, and the downfall of humanity led by technology, among others. The contributed tracks to the aforementioned split are also included in the record as bonus tracks. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp where you can listen to this record. A potential candidate for our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!      

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