Cabestro – ¿Crónica de Sucesos?
Barcelona’s Cabestro unleash face-ripping, grinding fury on their debut full-length, ¿Crónica de Sucesos?. Clocking in at a mere 23 minutes in length, ¿Crónica de Sucesos? wastes no time delivering as many beatings as possible with the short amount of time it is given. The band’s groove-heavy, frenetic grindcore/deathgrind style rampages across the album’s 10 tracks, each one more unpredictable than the last. The guitars churn out high octane riffs that shift in structure at the drop of the time. Disemboweling, tremolo-picked grindcore assaults naturally rear their head, but are frequently transformed into dissonant, angular shapes (“Andrajos”), galloping grooves (“Rezuma Mugre”), and even sludgy hardcore (“Gozo Y Tortura). The drumming matches the volatility of the guitars with endless supplies of blast beats, d-beat, and more elaborate rhythms. Vile, throat-searing vocals spewing lyrical acid ties everything together in a nice, caustic package. Cabestro‘s debut is a vicious little record that should not be slept on.
Release Date: January 18, 2018
Favorite Tracks: “Andrajos”, “Cogidas”, “Rezuma Mugre” and “Tiembla”
For Fans Of: Murder Construct, Rotten Sound, Nasum and Wake
Vranac – Rusalia/Chosen By the Wolf
Russian neocrust outfit Vranac kick 2018 off to a good start with two solid new tracks titled “Rusalia” and “Chosen By the Wolf”. With their penchants for both melody and genre melding, Vranac harness a sound that is unique and epic. “Rusalia” kicks the short release off with a back-and-forth struggle between galloping, metalcore-esque assaults and crust-fueled black metal, before launching in a tremolo-picked stampede rife with melodic fervor. The vocals vary from bestial growls to high-pitched, melodic screaming depending upon the direction of the music. The latter vocal style can be a little grating at times, but doesn’t take too much away from the songs themselves. “Chosen By the Wolf” starts off slow and menacing with lurching, dissonant guitars and brooding, spoken vocals. After a few moments the song unleashes a brief burst of off-kilter, noisy chords before embarking on a triumphant, melodic black metal journey toward the end. Though it may just be two tracks, it is definitely indicative of greater things to come.
Release Date: January 15, 2018
For Fans Of: Oathbreaker, Nux Vomica and Tragedy