VICIOUS IRENE / VEHEMENCE: Split: LP

Vicious Irene hail from Sweden and kick this split off with some quality d-beat punk with awesome vocals that alternate between soaring harmonies and venomous rasps. More Discharge influence and less Amebix means I’m on board. Marseille, France’s Vehemence harkens back to the earliest Kylesa recordings, matching the ferocity, darkness, and overall loudness. The songs are mostly atmospheric and dark, although the final song “Dystopia” turns the speed dial up a couple notches. Both bands strongly support radical feminist ideals through their lyrics, with Vicious Irene even quoting the SCUM Manifesto by Valerie Solanas. Cut them up and leave them for dead. –Juan Espinosa (Ruin Nation, ruinnation.org / Blackout Brigade, blackoutbrigade.org)