Friday, September 28, 2018

Chulo (Colombia) / TEST (Brazil) / Exacerbación (Costa Rica) 3-way split tape and Mongólico AKA Ocilógnom / ZEN-AKU (Colombia) split

Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back after a while. I must admit I'm not passing through a good moment in my life right now due to different circumstances that won't ever be mentioned nor discused here (or somewhere else). Likewise, I was running out of ideas but thanks to Chulo's guitarist contribution (Thank you so much, pal!) I could get this amazing latin american grindcore 3-way split. I also must admit I was waiting for buying a physical copy but the record label only sent 10 copies to Chulo which quickly went out of stock. Such a shame.

Now, I recently noticed that ZEN/AKU (Cali, Colombia) have also released some brand new material sharing one particular split with our friends of Mongólico AKA Ocilógnom (Bogotá D.C.). Remember les chaton.ne.s! grindcore will always cheer you up. Always. Oh, and I almost forgot. Thanks to our friend Christian Montoya, the Deflagration Compilation Tapes' download links were down so, I updated the entry by creating one donwload link containing all the volumes. You can re-read the original review and download the aforementioned classic 80s hardcore punk collections by clicking here.

Lastly, I'll post next week some of your e-mail requests. Don't forget you always can submit your requests through either our e-mail adress or sending a PM in our Facebook fanpage. (The information is available on our "Disclaimer" section, which is visible at the right top of this humble website). With all that written, let's begin.     

Chulo (Colombia) / TEST (Brazil) / Exacerbación (Costa Rica) 3-way split tape

https://mega.nz/#!j5Y1CCLI!-QcHn1SW1qZoNd4ZzmvHL6Hwf-aKv3qg_UTDmCcURbU

Chulo (Colombia) / TEST (Brazil) / Exacerbación (Costa Rica) 3-way split tape
Label: Grindfather Productions (UK).  
Recorded at: Metal Garage, Bogotá D.C. - Colombia (Chulo's side); Estudio Newen, Paraíso de Cartago, Costa Rica (Exacerbación's side); Estúdio Favela, São Paulo - Brazil (TEST's side).
Sound engineer(s): Metal Garage (Mixing and Mastering of Chulo's side), Daniel Ortuño (Mixing and Mastering of Exacerbación's side); João Kombi (Mixing and Mastering of TEST's side).
Artwork: Colmillo Workshop (Bogotá D.C., Colombia).
Format: Tape.
Country: Colombia/Brazil/Costa Rica.
Release date: September 7th, 2018 (Physical edition).

After some years in the making, this long-awaited split featuring these 3 infamous latin american grindcore powerhouses has final-fuckin'-lly been released. Indeed, this record was meant to see the light last year but some impasses (i.e. some recording delays or difficulties of finding a record label for publishing it) impeded doing so. Luckily, Grindfather Productions from the UK released the record on tape format (With 3 colors available: red, blue and white).

Regarding the sound, we have some things to remark to. Firstly, Chulo provides two tracks reflecting their iconic grindviolence savoir faire with short, fast and violent music. Along with Beatriz Carnicero (Uruguay) and Odioso Dios (Argentina), they put this trend on the track here in South America some years ago. You can hear different influences from sludge, death metal, powerviolence, grindcore and, of course, punk medallo (Early 90s colombian hardcore punk). Imagine a cross between Assück, Marion Barry, Sex Prisoner (USA) and HP/HC (Colombia). Also, the lyrics are filled with irony and sarcasm, key elements in our beloved powerviolence subgenre. Finally, they're working on new material so, I expect more from this band soon.

Next, we have Exacerbación from Costa Rica. I've been told there's a modest yet impressive grindcore movement in that country of Central America. As far as I remember, there's a compilation, whose name I can't recall right now, which features these kind of bands. I'll look for it and immediately upload it here. Now, the band has pretty brutiful style perfectly mixing both death metal and grindcore (but some traces of crust punk are present too) with lyrics dealing with different social, political and economic issues. You can think of classics such as Phobia, Assück (USA), Nasum (Sweden) and Agathocles (Belgium) but with a more visceral feel that can only be executed by latin american bands. If you enjoy modern bands such as Derecho A La Muerte (Ecuador), Destitute, Grinding (Colombia) and Restos Humanos (Colombia/Italy), this band is definitely for you.

Last but not least, we have TEST from São Paulo, Brazil. This band made a colombian tour last year and it was such a blast. Their sound also is closer to the deathgrind style. Indeed, they reminded me of classics such as Machetazo, Looking For An Answer (Spain), Brujería (USA/Mexico) and Dahmer (Canada), and, yes, as you can imagine, both their musical instrumentation and execution are pretty similar to Exacerbación's. Finally, their lyrics are in portuguese with some abstract excerpts filled with apostasy. Pretty cool. Once again, if you enjoy latin american bands like the mentioned ones in the previous paragraph, this brazilian outfit shouldn't be missed out either.

Lastly, click on the image for downloading this record. The file includes the original lyrics in both spanish and portuguese (I'm sorry I couldn't translate them to english because I hadn't enough time for doing so), credits and acknowledgments to all the people behind the project. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Mongólico AKA Ocilógnom / ZEN-AKU (Colombia) tape  

https://narcosarcasmo.bandcamp.com/album/mong-lico-zen-aku

Mongólico AKA Ocilógnom / ZEN-AKU (Colombia) split 
Label: Narcosarcasmo (Bogotá D.C., Colombia)
Recorded at: Metal Garage, Bogotá D.C. - Colombia (Mongólico's side); The Hills, Cali - Colombia (ZEN/AKU's side).
Artwork: Colmillo Workshop (Bogotá D.C., Colombia)
Format: Digital 
Country: Colombia
Release date: September 26th, 2018

An outstanding split, whose digital edition was released two days ago in the morning, featuring two award-winning bands here in the blog: Mongólico AKA Ocilógnom from Bogotá D.C. and ZEN-AKU from Cali. I've been told by Mongólico's guitarist that a physical edition of this record won't be possible due to its time length (less than 3 minutes (!)) and hope to release other material instead. Let's see what time will tell... 

Following the short, experimental yet impressive musical execution featured on their previous work (you can re-read the original review by clicking here), Mongólico AKA Ocilógnom once again returns to their auto-called "Bulldozer Grind" style. But this time, I do think the death metal elements in the record are a little bit more prominent than in previous material (This can also be noted just by looking at the band's logo on the front cover which ressembles to Morbid Angel's, a well-known and influential outfit in this extreme metal variant). Finally, the band only featured two tracks, whose lyrical content are full of sarcasm and are just parodies of one loved/hated yet infamous U.S. noisecore outfit (It's pretty evident which one is) and some questionable practices made by some local scenesters. Ha ha ha. Nice.

Last but not least, ZEN/AKU from Cali, one of the most important grindcore outfits emerging from their native city, is back with new material. Unlike their previous work, Impureza (The Return Records, 2017), which also was one of the best picks of 2017 (you can read the original review here), the two featured tracks in this record are closer to their original grindviolence roots, which is fantastic since this land of tropical anarchy forsaken by the ancient gods of rock'n roll lacks the luster of this kind of bands. Finally, the lyrical content displays some kind of hate, delusion and despair that the inhabitants of this country feel every single day of their miserable lives (including mine). FOF Magrudergrind (USA), Chulo (Colombia) and Beatriz Carnicero (Uruguay).

Lastly, click on the image for getting redirected to Narcosarcasmo's official bandcamp accuount where you can listen to this record and either downloading it for free or paying the price you consider right. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Abuso - self-titled tape

Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with MOAR colombian hardcore punk releases and this time we have Abuso's long-awaited debut album. As you might remember, this female-fronted hardcore punk band was already featured here in the blog when we reviewed  Silla Eléctrica - Punk Colombia 2018 compilation (Fuerza Ingobernable (Colombia), 2018) (You can read the review by clicking here) and Julián Baracaldo's Sesiones En Negro (Black Sessions) (You can also read our special review of that audiovisual project by clicking here). Lastly, for this review, I'll use once again the infamous "data sheet", featured in the previous post of Amenazas and Víctimas split tape, and will also be brief on the redaction since time isn't my best friend right now (Curse you forever, real world!). With all that written, let's begin.



https://abusobogota.bandcamp.com/album/s-t


Abuso - self-titled tape
Label: Not On Label (Abuso self-released).  
Recorded at: Rat Trap Studios, Bogotá D.C. - Colombia.
Sound engineer(s): Sergio González Rojas (Mixing), Lenin Rojo (Mastering).
Artwork: Melissa López (Also vocalist and bass player of Abuso).
Format: Tape.
Country: Colombia.
Release date: September 7th, 2018 (Digital edition), TBA soon (Physical edition).

Abuso, a female-fronted hardcore punk band from Bogotá D.C., has finally unveiled their long-awaited debut album. This self-titled not only includes the contributed tracks to Silla Eléctrica - Punk Colombia 2018 compilation but also some additional ones that exclusively appeared in their Sesiones En Negro (Remember both projects are already featured here in the blog).

As previously remarked, Abuso plays short, fast and loud hardcore punk with an unique and particular duet of both female and male vocals (harsh and shrieked) mostly drawing influences from UK82, d-beat and early latin american hardcore punk (Notably colombian and mexican). There are even some classic punk rock (notably punk ibérico) and post-punk feel in some tracks but, fortunately, the band do not lose the grip while unleashing their sonic attack.

And, last but not least, the lyrics, as the band describes, deal with "the quotidian abuses sieving above our humanity". Best description ever. Lastly, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to this record and buy the digital edition if you like. Another potential candidate for our best colombian picks of 2018. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!         

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Amenazas / Víctimas split review

Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with another quick update. This record was meant to be reviewed in the previous post, but I was waiting for another split featuring a well-known and beloved colombian band "from the house" for being included too and I couldn't get it. I'm still waiting for my physical copy. So, I decided to review separately this amazing split featuring two colombian bands Amenazas (Bogotá D.C.) and Víctimas (Medellín / Santa Rosa de Cabal). Note that most of the featured tracks are already available on Silla Eléctrica - Punk Colombia 2018 (Fuerza Ingobernable (Colombia), 2018) (You can read the review by clicking here). Lastly, for this review, I'll use the infamous "data sheet", featured in the review of the aforementioned colombian hardcore punk compilation, and I will also be brief on the redaction since time isn't my best friend right now (Curse you, real world!). With all that written, let's begin.


Amenazas / Víctimas split tape.
Label: Disordera Records, Ramón Distro (Colombia). More TBA. 
Recorded at: Rat Trap Studios, Bogotá D.C. - Colombia (Amenazas' side), Contratempo Studios, Medellín - Colombia (Víctimas' side).
Mixed and mastered at: Rat Trap Studios, Bogotá D.C. - Colombia (Amenazas' side), Descomunal Records, Medellín - Colombia (Víctimas' side)
Sound engineer(s): Sergio González Rojas (Amenazas' side), Emmanuel Vélez (Víctimas' side).
Artwork: Juan Sebastián Rosillo
Format: Tape.
Country: Colombia.
Release date: August 14th, 2018 (Digital edition), October, 2018 (Physical edition).

A pretty outstanding split released last month which features two local d-beat hardcore punk monsters: Amenazas from Bogotá D.C. and Víctimas (Medellín/Santa Rosa de Cabal).

Firstly, our chaton.ne.s! from Amenazas are back with their outspoken "Ruido y Memoria" (Noise and Memory in spanish) stance filled with their always angry and frantic swedish d-beat hardcore punk execution. Like previous releases, the band remarks the "scholarships for the cemetery" granted by the incompetence and negligence of the rotten colombian state, for example, the natural disaster occurred  last year in Mocoa, Putumayo where the authorities did literally nothing for preventing the calamity and the carnage led by the ESMAD (The colombian anti-mutiny police force) at Villavicencio Avenue in Bogotá D.C. during a protest against the extremely poor public transportation service in the city early this year. Finally, the band went on an "indefinite hiatus" since their vocalist recently left the country and their guitarist will do the same before this year ends, so this will probably be their last recording...for a while...

Last but not least, we have Víctimas whose members are scattered from both Medellín and Santa Rosa de Cabal. The band is undoubtedly a homage to all-time classic swedish and japanese d-beat hardcore punk and crust punk outfits such as Totalitär, Crude SS, Discard (Sweden), Disclose, Frigora and Argue Damnation (Japan). So you won't be disappointed at all since their style is short, fast and loud with hate-filled lyrics remarking the imminent nuclear holocaust that will definitely wipe our miserable existence out. For example, the song Era Nuclear (Nuclear era in spanish) is the perfect proof of all this impressive sonic attack. Cool. Finally, if you're fan of different latin american disclones out there such as D.H.K. (Perú), B.E.T.O.E (Venezuelans exiled in Barcelona) and Bömbärdeo (Chile), Víctimas is for you. Trust me.

Lastly, click here and here for listening to each band's side of the split. I'll try to get my physical copy when it gets released and immediately upload it here in the blog. And, yes, this split is another potential candidate for our best picks of this year. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!   

Monday, September 3, 2018

Some e-mail requests and new colombian hardcore punk releases

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Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with another quick update, I've been receiving lately some e-mail requests, so I'll update some of them that truly caught my attention. I'm deeply sorry if I couldn't post them early before, but my mind is such a mess ha ha ha. I'll also post some new colombian hardcore punk releases because I know you love fresh material from this land of tropical anarchy forsaken by the gods of rock 'n roll. Lastly, I'll be brief. Don't forget you can submit your band recommendations through our e-mail or Facebook page (The links are in the "Disclaimer" section of the blog). Stay tuned and see you next time. With all that written, let's begin.

Perra Vida - self-titled EP

https://perravida.bandcamp.com/releases
 
An impressive female-fronted hardcore punk band from Lima, Peru. Featuring members of other local outfits such as Venganza!, Alias La Gringa and Desakuerdo. This is their debut album which contains only 5 songs. But don't let the number fool you. This work is such a blast. Regarding the sound, the band shares the same sensibilities of emerging spanish-speaker bands in the U.S. such as Tozcos, Futura, Exótica, etc. but the iconic 80s latin american hardcore punk and spanish punk (AKA punk ibérico) feel is prominent. There are also some interesting breakdowns and mid-tempo arrangements. The lyrics are highly political denouncing machismo and sexism within their lives. In fact, Perra Vida is sadly one of the few "not only boys" peruvian hardcore and punk acts in their native city nowadays. Finally, click on the image and you'll be redirected to their official bandcamp account. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
 
Kenobi - Esto Es Kenobi EP and Firme single

Kenobi is a hardcore punk band from Cali, Colombia with only one EP named Esto Es Kenobi (self-released, 2017) and have recently released one single named Firme, which will be available soon on their upcoming LP named Nosotros. Regarding the sound, Kenobi draws influences from new-school hardcore, melodic hardcore and even some traces of pop punk for creating a pretty interesting fast-paced musical execution. The lyrics are positive and motivational, something really outdated and even uncommon for today's standards within the national hc/punk scene. Finally, click on the image and you'll be redirected to their official bandcamp account. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Bronze - Ticking Bomb

https://bronzehc.bandcamp.com/

Bronze is a serbian hardcore punk band and this is their first EP ever released. Unlike most of the modern hc/punk bands from their country, Bronze is more new-school hardcore punk-oriented with deep and overwhelming metallic guitar and bass chords, slow-paced yet brutal breakdowns for breaking your face in the pit, double-twin pedals, and that loved/hated chugga chugga feel. You can think of european classics such as No Turning Back, All For Nothing (Netherlands), Assert and Knuckledust (UK) as a reference. And, the lyrics have both personal and political content. This kind of hardcore isn't the cup of tea here in the blog but I have to admit that this band surprised me. Finally, click on the image and you'll be redirected to their official bandcamp account. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

Ghost Spirit / Frail Hands split LP 


This is an outstanding split featuring two north american bands Ghost Spirit (Los Angeles, USA) and Frail Hands (Halifax, Canada). The first one features members of other excellent modern american screamo acts such as Lord Snow, Tower of Silence, Seeing Means More, and Letters to Catalonia. Regarding the sound, the band manages different screamo and post-hardcore influences with a brutiful musical execution, really passionate and frantic. Imagine a mix of both Jerome's Dream with Life At These Speeds. And, last but not least, Frail Hands, featuring members of other canadian bands such as King's Girls and Heisse, plays screamo too but is female-fronted and manage a more darker orientation. They reminded me a lot of Oathbreaker (Belgium) and Amygdala (US) due to their musical execution and instrumentation with fast-paced moments without losing the grip. Pretty neat. Finally, click here and here for being redirected to each band's official bandcamp accounts and listen to them separately. I hope to have soon my physical copy. Another potential candidate for our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

Three recent releases taken from Zegema Beach Records' (Canada) catalog: Blue Youth (Canada), Coma Regalia (USA) and Sans Visage (Japan)  
https://zegemabeachrecords.bandcamp.com/
  
Our friends of Zegema Beach Records kindly wrote us down proposing 3 interesting acts from their catalog for being reviewed here in the blog. Thank you so much for the appreciation. This kind of things motivate me to not close down the website ha ha. Click on the banner above and you'll be redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can find pretty interesting stuff related to screamo, emoviolence and post-hardcore. 

Blue Youth - Dead Forever LP 
https://zegemabeachrecords.bandcamp.com/album/dead-forever

This is the band's first full-length album whose physical edition will be released pretty soon. Regarding the sound, this Saskatchewan-based band draws influences from noise rock and post-hardcore in the same vein as all-time classics such as Drive Like Jehu, The Holy Shroud and METZ. I even detect in some tracks stoner rock traits. And, yes, there are screams too. I really loved this band due to their complex, non-orthodox and frantic musical execution. This is a must and, of course, another potential candidate for our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Coma Regalia - The Mirror 11" LP

https://zegemabeachrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-mirror
 
     
Coma Regalia's most recent release demonstrate us that screamo is more alive than ever. For this record, the band manages a strange ethereal atmoshpere with slow and introspective interludes that later are quickly transformed into a fast-paced and frantic scream-y hardcore attack. If you dig all-time classics from React With Protest's (Germany) catalog such as Arse Moreira (Mexico), Louise Cyphre, June Paik (Germany) and Cease Upon The Capitol (USA), you'll definitely love this one. This is also a must and, of course, another potential candidate for our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Sans Visage - Moments LP

https://zegemabeachrecords.bandcamp.com/album/moments

A pretty outstanding outfit from Japan, whose style mixes screamo, emoviolence, post-hardcore and post-rock in an unique and personal way. Indeed, they have slow interludes, both scream-y and clean vocals, chaotic and complex fast-paced moments without losing the grip, a pretty good balance between harmony and dissonance. Although you may think Sans Visage isn't as atmospheric as local heroes such as Envy or Heaven In Her Arms, they have a style of their own to remark to. Finally, click on the image and you'll be redirected to their official bandcamp account. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Vorágine - Aquelarre CD


https://vragne.bandcamp.com/album/aquelarre
Yes, my chaton.ne.s! of Vorágine are back with their first full-length album Aquelarre, whose physical edition will be released pretty soon on CD format through Sin Fronteras Discos (Bogotá, Colombia) and Siempre Llueve Records (Medellín, Colombia). Following the success of their acclaimed V.E.I. EP (you can read our review by clicking here), Vorágine have developped a more mature and polished sound with prominent post-rock, post-black metal and even some shoegaze influences but without leaving aside their early screamo and post-hardcore roots. And, of course, the lyrics are still personal and political, for example, Holiday, which is dedicated to the memory of a beloved friend that passed away some years ago, will simply break your heart whilst Lady Lazarus: En Busca de Opal will lead you to a cosmic journey from a vvitch's perspective. Awesome. I hope to get my physical copy soon. Finally, click on the image and you'll be redirected to their official bandcamp account. Another candidate to our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
Mongólico - ¡Juuueeeepuuutaaarrrrgghhh! tape 

https://mongolico.bandcamp.com/album/juuueeeepuuutaaarrrrgghhh

We finally conclude this entry with our friends of Mongólico (AKA ocilógnoM). This time, their auto-called "Bulldozer Grind" trademark sound is left aside for a while because the band opted for a more noisecore/noisegrind-oriented execution. Indeed, there's only one track with at least 49 songs played in 6:06 minutes! If you dig similar projects such as Bacteria (Japan) or ZG Noise Forces (Croatia), you'll definitely love this one. Oh, and, I almost forgot. The front cover is a parody of the infamous yet all-time classic Bllleeeeaaauuurrrrgghhh! compilation series but with an evident colombian twist (We already featured them here in the blog. Click here for refreshing your memory).
Finally, click on the image and you'll be redirected to their official bandcamp account. Another candidate to our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy and see you next time. Kisses and hugs!