Here’s one of the angriest, most abrasive, rough and harsh releases of this year.
This beast came out in April, directly from Santiago, Chile. The debut from Fragmentado, a new local DIY punk band that has played with the likes of 886VG, Maldecir, Desastre, Gripe and Manual De Combate, hits you hard and direct in the face! Spilling their guts in these harsh and sharp songs, the trio’s music is hitting you with a bat to the head. So let’s step into this earsplitting, fast-paced album.
Ten noisy and dissonant songs, not one above the two minutes mark, are the body of this short, guttural release. Disturbing grunts and fuzzy instruments, blurry and distorted, make their way through your throbbing ears with this grinded, rotten punk.
The first few tracks quickly introduce us into the asperous rawness of this screeching selection of songs, each one going hard and strong. Sometimes we get slow parts, like in the middle of the 5th track, but these is just an illusion that fades away easily with the loud and thunderous instrumentation, and the awesome angry vocals that seem to come from an unknown circle of hell.
In here, we hear lyrics that talk about hopelessness and rejection, about the fears accumulated in our minds and bodies, about being chained, lost and frustrated. You’re getting kicked in the guts every single day and you don’t know what else to do but to suffer, scream and lament in misery. There’s nowhere to look, your gaze is lost in rusty slogans, your mind drowned in a sour disenchantment. I am as I consume, I am as I produce and as I’m consumed too.
The 9th track out of the ten that appear on this release is a cover of the song “Both” by the Dutch band Seein’ Red, originally from their split with Shikari. “If a nation wishes it can have both, free elections and fucking slavery” says the song, in a kindred spirit to the lyrics in this album.
All in all, this is a greatly solid release. What stands out the most, for me at least, are the vocals provided by the bassist and guitarist that go from grindcore to powerviolence to hardcore, filling this with a heavy and dark vibe that gets attached to your body and plays very well with the songs and how they are built.
If you wanna get the album, it is available on tape. You can get one through their Facebook page.