@@@ Paysage d’Hiver: Im Wald (Kunsthall Produktien, 2021) Some heavy shit off Invisible Oranges’ editor’s choice section. It opens with a super buzzy wall of guitars, thwacky snare drum and a singer tucked in that huge nest of distortion somewhere. I couldn’t tell from the first track if there is even a bass player in the band. I do like some bass in my heavy metal, I’m not opposed to it. It’s a big biscuit weighing in at 2 hours so you’re gonna be a different person on the other side of this nest of hornets. I’m not even gonna start with the song titles, it’s not in English with my favorite title being Stimmen im wald which reminds me that I got my stimmy check yesterday, thanks for nothing you fuckers at the top of the food chain. Myself I would cut back the guitars a little bit, bring up the singer and let us know if there’s a bass player in the band.
@@@ Gatecreeper: An Unexpected Reality (Closed Casket Activities, 2021). Another Invisible Oranges choice. Speaking of getting your stimmy the first tune on this record is called Starved and it’s a fully fleshed out metal production sound we got going here. Spacious with big everything while it doesn’t rob the tunes of energy. Starved goes right into Sick of being Sober. I’ve been trying to drink more myself though I don’t suspect we’ll be seeing these guys in any upcoming liquor ads. These are all very short songs which I think is fantastic — they get in there, they whip a shitty and let all their bile out and move onto the next shot of hate. It’s pretty clear where they’re at. I dig the energy here, there’s a lot of it, I can’t hear a fucking word or make head nor tail of the grunting singer but the drummer most definitely does not require a Red Bull.
@@@ Mentira – Nada Es Sagrado (Iron Lung, 2020) Some underground punk sung in Spanish with some psychedelic raging components (delay on the vocals) but these guys are bringing it for sure in the herk a jerk not giving of a fuck punk spirit. Ooh these guys play really well when they play fast and it’s quite satisfying. A prehistoric fucked bass grizzle but the main thing here is the delay on the vocalist’s voice and the overall manic 5 cans of Red Bull energy of the band playing. They sound a bit like they’ve been set on fire which I find quite entertaining. If you’re up for some old school abrasive punk these gents will hook you up!