You gotta love a band that rolls with the punches. These guys started out as a hardcore group, veered into speedmetal-landia, found their way back to hardcore then decided on a happy middle-ground, and not only totally killed at all phases of their existence, but, at twenty plus years and going strong, are currently one of the longest-running hardcore bands on the planet. Despite being on par with Methuselah in punk years, Brazil’s Ratos de Porao still deal in some seriously heavy, mean muhfuggin’ racket that is neither for the faint of heart or those who cherish their hearing. For the rest of us, however, fewer ways exist that are more blissful when blowing one’s eardrums to shit.
–jimmy (Alternative Tentacles)