A horrible hack

Shikari - Ação Direta


Year Released: 2005
Format: 7"
Label: De Graanrepubliek - UPS
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Jun 13, 2007
Shikari up first, serving staggering proof as to why they only have Takaru to worry about when it comes to frenzied, teeth-gnashing hardcore. One song is brief and deadly like a shotgun blast to the neck, separating bone from flesh whilst ranting succinctly on the subject of state-induced fear. The second number is slower, beating you about the body while discussing friends who’ve “grown up” and cast their youthful beliefs aside. Like a clash between the icy bleakness of Canucks Uranus or One Eyed God Prophecy and the Teutonic brutality of Systral, Shikari are a relentless wall of utter fucking terror that will destroy you.

Ação Direta hail from Brazil and play a mix of burly hardcore and machinegun grind which isn’t bad, but hardly stands as being the punk rock virgin birth. They do what they do well enough for a couple of minutes, but are on the verge of shrivelling in Shikari’s shadow by the time their side ends, allowing you to hurriedly flip the record over for some more panic-inducing carnage…

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