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Impressively brutal Argentinian offering - 81%

Noktorn, April 9th, 2011

I've been spinning this rather unknown record a ton lately: it's an absurdly violent little slab of grind which should absolutely be listened to by fans of bands like Phobia or Drogheda. The Killing's sole full-length is one of the most pitiless, savage, and simply angry albums I've heard in a while. Very little short of the aforementioned Drogheda or early Napalm Death contains the sort of fury represented on 'América Sangrienta', and given the band's political slant and origin in Argentina, it's not surprising that these guys are incredibly pissed over governmental systems and society in general. The authenticity bleeds through in the music, be it the slamming drum performance, furiously burning tremolo riffs, or empty-lunged, screaming vocal performance. Needless to say, this is a necessary purchase for fans of pure, uncompromising grindcore.

This is definitely on the metal side of grind, with definite hints of Nasum popping up in the occasional more melodic riffs (like the opening of 'Homicida'), but the crust influence is substantial and omnipresent. The Killing definitely comes from the PLF school of grindcore: oldschool, bitter, untechnical, and brief in execution. The typical sludgy track appears on 'Listo Para Matar', but it's definitely not where the band's strengths lie: where they do is in their impressive balance between all-out grinding warfare and more grooving, midtempo sections which feel ready to explode with repressed anger at any moment. The dueling vocals- a hoarse shout versus a traditional crust high- are both incredibly violent, reminding me a bit of Rot in execution alongside classic British grind artists like Extreme Noise Terror.

The sheer fury of this release is the central appeal, but The Killing are capable songwriters as well. The riffs are a mixture of pretty typical three-chord crust arrangements and more nuanced and thought-out tremolo numbers, but the best are really the crushing mid-tempo breakdowns, like the impossibly brutal yet impressively simple main riff of '...Sangre X Sangre'. The Killing write some of the most memorable and brutal grind breakdowns I've ever heard, and they never stop being a joy to listen to. Of course, the fast material is great as well, packed with memorable passages and searing riffs, but when the band slows it down a bit, they really shine.

This is definitely one to check out for the grinders out there. If you like short songs that explode with anger over political injustice, there's basically nothing else as good out there barring some of the classic artists. These guys deserve a lot more exposure and this album is incredibly cheap at underground distros, so support good music and pick this up.