CRIATURAS: Espiritu de Libertad: LP

There’s something about the Spanish language that is perfect for hardcore (the same goes for Italian, too) in that it somehow has more of a snap to it as well as providing me with a learning experience as I seek translations of a host of words and phrases. This Austin, TX-based band employs Spanish to good effect as part of the whole battering ram approach that the thirteen tracks provide. Criaturas comes across like a mix of Slöa Knivarand a slightly less frenetic Ruidosa Immundicia, with a female-fronted hardcore delivery that steamrolls through the door having had no intention on knocking politely. Whilst there is no doubt that this album rages, it certainly contains enough melodic elements to stop it from sounding one dimensional. Definitely the strongest material I’ve heard from the band. 

 –Rich Cocksedge (Hardware, [email protected], hardware-records.com)