SPEED KILLS: Self-titled: 7”

Blistering hardcore from Brazil that has more in common with noisy Japanese hardcore than the more straightforward stuff I’ve heard from South America. To be fair, I haven’t heard a lot of hardcore from this part of the world in the past few years, so maybe their sound is indicative of the current style down there. If so, I’m sure things are going great because this band shreds. All the lyrics are in Spanish but English translations are included with some talking points about their content. They cover the anti-cop/anti-capitalist territory and there’s a great song about how much they hate cops on bikes (“…wouldn’t it be better if the cops would ride bikes instead of cars. I said it would be better if they didn’t exist at all.”) The recording is great and the packaging is well designed and easy to follow (which is not always the case with releases that include translations).

 –Ian Wise (Nada Nada Discos, [email protected])