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brutal thrashcore, or so - 85%

Ratas, July 5th, 2005

With their first LP, Soziedad Alkoholika already had a name all over Spain. Their brutality, speed and salt-in-the-wounds lyrics made S.A.'s name big in a very short time.
Lyrics as the one in "Nos Vimos en Berlin" make everyone to jump up with a different opinion or point of view. The lyrics in this song exemplify pretty well the lyrical content of the album; naked, brutal protest lyrics that may seem to outrageous to anyone (which is good), attacking almost everything you may dislike of the actual state of power.
The music here is undescribable. The basis for it is relentless-thrash in the vein of Sodom and Slayer, with some fast Celtic Frost riffs and a dirty production on guitars. They breaks are a bit more hardcore-ish, and some punk-melodies are to be found, as well as small hints to early 90's blackmetal with dirty production, minimalistic approach and the lack of palm-muting. Their brutality reaches the intensity of death-metal, and minimalistic-punk influences here will make it sound like grindcore to some.
The singing is raspy, with a pretty much personal voice, loaded with anger but not one-dimensional death grunts. The guitar playing is extremly tight, covering all the styles mentioned above and throwing in fast-bluesy solos as well as 532 notes per hour Hanneman's solos. The rhytmic base is incredibly tight as well for such a young. Bass and drums match each other perfectly, with a big prominence in the mix which serves to enhance the brutality of hte music. The drumming can be pretty much straight-forward fast-thrash drumming (think of young Lombardo (Slayer) with some blast-beats and interesting metalcore breaks. I bet my ass you won't be able to headbang with your alredy sore neck passed the third song, this is slow (ehem) enough to create pounding rhythms with some variations through out the album.
The production is a bit muddy, but the guitar tight sound dosen't suffer, neither the rest of the instruments.
All in all, this brilliant album made their name big, followed by metalheads and punks at equal parts. It may sound outdated, but is hasn't lost a gram of intensity or headbanging brutality. I'll recommend this album to anyone interested in music breaking the confined sub-genres the journalists create, composing fast, aggresive thrashcore with an extremier edge (this is as close as I get). For people wanting to break their neck or kill their mum.