A horrible hack

Balcanes

Carne Nueva

Year Released: 2016
Format: 12" EP
Label: Humo
 
Reviewed by Alex Deller on May 29, 2017
Gross, dangerous-sounding noise-rock that has the good grace to draw influence from Skullflower and Ramleh rather than the usual shallow pool of inspiration. Things start with a low, lengthy thrum and occasional disconnected vocals before bursting into the mid-paced repeato-rock dirge of 'Combustible'. Next track 'Masada' brings these two disparate realms together to form a tangled pattern of screeches, grinding cartilage and grudging un-riffs over which bamboozled vocals are messily smeared. Variations on these themes are explored for the EP's two remaining tracks, which round out a difficult but excellent release that flattens most current noise-rock and sits (un)comfortably alongside the broken, deconstructed madness perpetrated by countrymen like Cadena and Una Bèstia Incontrolable.


Recommended record by Collective Zine!

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