Saturday, June 24, 2017

Agresor-Bruto Crust (2017)

Extreme music from the Peruvian lands, Agresor while still incorporating a lot of fast hardcore punk, now crossed the border into the realm of grindcore. And they do it well! They could play an important role in the Peru metal scene, at least in the Crossover scene along with Demencia and Desarme. But, there are not really blast speed drums as we know in Grindcore, Crust or whatever you wanna call it. I quite like this approach. I makes the fastest parts still sound tighter than other grindcore bands out there these days. This album is, indeed, Raging Hell!There are not that much breakdowns or otherwise ‘quieter’ moments so it’s perfect as it is. Is the album monotone? For some it will be obviously, especially those not into grindcore but for addicts, like myself, i like it. Catchy phrases, a cool break or hardcore punk beat here and there, incidental leads. The average grindcore fan will know what I’m talking about. Now the vocals are never grunting. And obviously this easily sets Agresor apart from other current bands. Screams? fuck yes and good ones too. They are screaming about real stuff happening in their country and in the fucking world in general. Of course there are still a lot of hardcore punk moments. And obviously the backing shout-vocals and incidental lead make this album sound more punk than one would expect from a grindcore album. It’s pretty hard to come up with a final score for bands such as these. It would be easy to say “this album is enormously important so here’s 99 points”. I could do that. But in 2017, how does the album stand out?Compared to most modern day grindcore this album sounds extreme, brutal, refreshing and especially energetic. And fortunately Grindcore is a subgenre in which having a better production isn’t always a good thing. This album does not suffer from its sound and in fact only gets better when comparing it to modern digital recordings with triggered drums and mega-heavy guitars. Yes, this album is sheer class and brutal as fuck!
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Review by Paul Caravasi

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