December 29, 2006

Brazilian Hardcore

Certainly, the brazilian hardcore scene is prolific in several styles in its genre. I have chosen to focus on these three bands, Are You God?, Carahter and Constrito, without ideological pretensions; these are simply great examples to ilustrate a panorama.

The "O Espelho de Carne" EP from São Paulo natives Are You God? is one of the best releases in the brazilian grindcore scene, by 2+2=5 Records. The self-proclaimed and self-explainable freestyle deathgrind genre perfectly reveals the band's good humor, proved with unusual concert performances, sarcastical interviews and the band's name itself (AyG > GAy) indicating a false homossexual tendency announced to the media. This record is surprisingly well recorded and executed comparing to similar brazilian bands; internationally, however, one may compare it to Nasum and Brutal Truth releases.


"O Intenso Desespero Sobre a Decadência Humana" is Carahter's impressive debut, from Liberation Records. With doom metal, death metal and grindcore influences, this Belo Horizonte band shows a strong record, alternating between slow paced and low pitched riffs and typical fast grindcore passages. The vocal layers, distorted bass and dissonance lead to a characteristical ambience in this short but concise album. Most probable band comparations are His Hero is Gone and Mörser.

Finally, Constrito's "Um Fio de Vida no Círculo da Morte", even five years after its release through Liberation, the São Paulo straight-edge band's record still is constantly acclaimed by critics and fans, which has had no official follow-up. The album goes through grind/crust and death metal influences; songs such as Umundií, Permissividade, Diáspora, Ciclo de Purificação and Amerikkka para Todos maketh this record strong and memorable. Nowadays, band members express sludge metal tastes through the L'Enfer project, with long, progressive, sometimes clean and effectful passages (differing from the original band's dried out sonority), besides some other oldschool hardcore and metal moments.

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A cena hardcore brasileira certamente é rica em diversos estilos dentro do gênero. Escolhi enfocar nestas três bandas, Are You God?, Carahter e Constrito, sem pretensão ideológica; são simplesmente grandes exemplos para ilustrar um panorama.

O EP "O Espelho de Carne" dos paulistas do Are You God? é um dos melhores lançamentos da cena grindcore brasileira, pela 2+2=5 Records. O seu auto proclamado e auto explicativo gênero freestyle deathgrind mostra muito do bom humor da banda, comprovado por shows performáticos, entrevistas sarcásticas, além do próprio nome (AyG > GAy) indicando a falsa tendência gay adotada pela banda anunciada na mídia. Esse disco é surpreendentemente bem gravado e executado comparado a bandas congêneres no país; internacionalmente, porém, pode-se compará-lo a lançamentos de bandas como Nasum e Brutal Truth.

"O Intenso Desespero Sobre a Decadência Humana" é o impressionante debut do Carahter, de Belo Horizonte, pela Liberation Records. As influências de doom metal, death metal e grindcore constituem um disco forte, alternando riffs graves e lentos e passagens rápidas típicas do grindcore. As camadas de vocal, baixo distorcido e dissonância dão uma ambiência característica ao curto porém conciso disco. Possíveis comparações a outras bandas podem ser com His Hero is Gone e Mörser.

Finalmente, "Um Fio de Vida no Círculo da Morte", mesmo após cinco anos de seu lançamento pela Liberation, o disco da banda straight-edge paulista Constrito ainda é constantemente aclamado por público e crítica, o qual não teve seqüência oficial. É um disco com influências que perpassam o grind/crust e o death metal: Umundií, Permissividade, Diáspora, Ciclo de Purificação, Amerikkka para Todos, enfim, quase todas as longas faixas fazem desse disco um trabalho forte e memorável. Atualmente, membros da banda expressam seus gostos por sludge metal no projeto L'Enfer, com passagens longas e progressivas, algumas vezes limpas e com camadas de efeitos (diferentemente do som seco da banda de origem) e outras com momentos de hardcore e metal oldschool.



11 comments:

Chris said...

Great to see the Carahter album here! A few years ago they appeared on a Crimethinc comp with "Lider" - I must have put that song on a million mix tapes!

Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

from marcus
welcome back!!
thanx for the site
bye

er3bus said...

MY Friend;exellent blog here !
thank u

j said...

valeu pelos cds, are you god? é mto bom. alias tem cd novo deles na praça.

robert.o said...

you blog is great... thanks!

LittleXSparkee said...

Excellent blog. I like a lot of the posts: Stars of the Lid, Gastr Del Sol, etc. Is the site still running or are you done? It would be a shame, it's a good addition to experimental music.

jAy @ jApAn said...

this is my new blog:

http://whatfuckedyou.blogspot.com/

rock, metal, lo-fi japanese pop, obscure recordings, and comedy/novelty records all here with much more to come.

I've just begun this blog and sharing some interesting bits of my collection, so i hope you can swing by and check it out. also, i would like to add a link to your blog on my front page, if possible; and i hope you can do the same for me.

i love your postings and look forward to hearing from you.
cheers,
jay in japan

jAy @ jApAn said...

this is my new blog:

http://whatfuckedyou.blogspot.com/

rock, metal, lo-fi japanese pop, obscure recordings, and comedy/novelty records all here with much more to come.

I've just begun this blog and sharing some interesting bits of my collection, so i hope you can swing by and check it out. also, i would like to add a link to your blog on my front page, if possible; and i hope you can do the same for me.

i love your postings and look forward to hearing from you.
cheers,
jay in japan

jAy @ jApAn said...

by the way...your site has been a little quiet lately...hope to see you posting some new stuff soon.
hope you are well.
cheers!

bruno-sugai said...

sorry to post this in comments, but i couldn't find a contact email...

i've a new remix single - bizzy bone vs. six finger satellite
plus nas vs. funkstorung on the b-side

http://tago-mago.net/music3.htm

hope you dig it - reviews below:
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"Slutty Fringe" said:

"the results [of the remixes] can sometimes be stunning."

http://sluttyfringe.wordpress.com/2007/03/11/sunday-post/
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"Your Standard Life":

"features the word motherfucker a lot."

http://www.yourstandardlife.com/2007/03/tagomago.html

Anonymous said...

is it just me or is the constrito link not working?

exellent band. great blog, keep up the good work.

/bambú

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