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Absolut - Paranoid

Jawbreaking Mangel Devastation

Year Released: 2015
Format: 12" EP
Label: Beach Impediment - Brain Solvent Propaganda
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Mar 5, 2017
Title kinda says it all with this one, but whatever.

Torontonian jawbreakers Absolut kick this off with some ferocious D-beat that's thick with muscle and packed with fury. There's a sense of chaos and imminent implosion to things, but the neat, crazy solos act like wire that just about binds it all together. The band're ex-Rammer, which might just help explain away the classy sense of musicality that rips through the feral rage.

Feel it takes Paranoid a little while to get going here. The first songs is solid, and while I wouldn't suggest they're just phoning it in, things're definitely a few notches below what we'd usually expect. After that one's out the way it's pretty much business as usual: noisy, red-raw punk with grinding bass lines, guttural snarls and odd moments of dynamic intrigue that you mightn't necessarily expect from a genre that can often be stuck in its ways.

As well as this 12" edition there’s also a 2x7" version out via Phobia and Crucificados Pelo Sistema – possibly the most annoying punk format since the flexi disc. As some band once said: Why?

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