VAASKA: Inocentes Condenados: 7” EP

I’m not too big on the whole d-beat phenom, which I often find largely way too derivative and pandering to the easy instead of trying to find a more singular path. There are, of course, exceptions, and Vaaska are one of them. Naturally, the Discharge influence abounds, but their mix of sincere, manic delivery and solid riffing give them a bit of personality that makes ’em stand out from a large pool of gray. Six ragers here, not a naff track in evidence. –Jimmy Alvarado (Beach Impediment)