Balcanes: Carne Nueva MLP
Balcanes hasn't necessarily gotten as much attention as some of their contemporaries such as No Form and Rectal Hygienics, but they are equally as deserving. And, because Balcanes hail from Spain, they have a fantastic set of peers, including Billy Bao and Una Bèstia Incontrolable; but these names are for reference more so than comparison. Balcanes' music is comparable to brooding clouds on the immediate horizon; it's huge, intimidating, uncompromising, and all encompassing. They create oppressive atmospheres and chilling soundscapes through an incredibly minimalist, repetitive, post-punk based approach to noise rock. The simplicity is beautifully sordid, and is incredibly effective in evoking the desired feelings. Each track dirges through a foggy sonic swamp, swarming with feedback and covered in layers of grime, dragging gnarled, twisted mutations of Gang Of Four and Friction-esque jagged guitar work into the depths of decay. Imagine Skullflower and The Ex are suffocating each other, and puking out one final, blood-chilling gasp in unison as they depart from the realm of the living together. Black vinyl in black/white sleeve with insert.