VARIOUS ARTISTS: South America In Decline: CD

First, my obligatory bitch: Why is it that people insist on including Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras and other countries in that area with South America? The majority of Mexico rests on the North American plate, which makes it part of North America, NOT South America. The other countries I mentioned are part of Central America. I won’t even get into the fact that Puerto Rico is a Caribbean Island. That said, this disc has 30 absolutely smoking punk/hardcore/grind tracks from a variety of American countries where some dialect of Latin is spoken and being a punk is not a fashion statement but an act of rebellion that could very likely get you killed. I would imagine that, aside from Brazil’s Ratos de Porao, the average U.S. punker would have no idea who any of the bands on here are, so I won’t bother listing them. If you dig your hardcore loud, fast, and pissed off, though, you’d be a fool not to pick this up. International comps this good don’t come along too often.

 –jimmy (Six Weeks)