ISKRA: Ruins: LP

There are a lot of reasons to be angry. I spend most days frustrated by the fucked-up shit that goes on at home and abroad. Well, here are ten more reasons to decry the state of the world. Iskra burst out of the gate with “Lawless,” screaming anarchist dictums: “Individuality is forfeit, culture destroyed / Militaristic carrion, totalitarian interests.” Wrap your head around that. The songs are on the longer side, but they aren’t simply blast beats and guttural growls. The metallic, face-melting riffs unravel and punctuate the caustic lyrics. It’s symphonic anarcho metal, especially on “Predator Drone MQ-1,” an objection to drone warfare. Iskra is relentless. They sometimes verge on Insect Warfare-level grind. They’re thought provoking. Iskra forces you to ask, “What is our Meaning? / What is our purpose?” You might not like the answer, but some questions you have to ask.

 –Sean Arenas (Profane Existence, profaneexistence.com)