MULTIPLE TRUTHS: No One Wins: LP

Jul 29, 2013

“Dude, is that a chick?” I asked myself when the first notes of Mariam Bastani’s searing voice shot through the air. If lumped in with other female-fronted crust bands, Bastani treads the scorched earth between Voetsek’s vicious, slithery vox and the heavier treatment of Nausea’s Amy Miret. This debut out of Chicago defiles your ear drums, building on a thick, melodic backbone and fleshed out with thunderous percussion as evidenced by “Bocas Cosidas,” screamed in Spanish, while “Human Wrath II: Entering the Abyss” kicks off with a crawling instrumental intro like Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs.” Definitely pit worthy. Given time, this quartet will sound more like a well-oiled machine forged in hades, with cleaner key transitions and production.

 –Kristen K. (Halo Of Flies, [email protected] / Religious Plague, [email protected])

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