Usually, you can’t wrong with Scandinavian d-beat, especially for a band that features former members of Skitkids, Stress SS, Infernöh, Arsle, and Herätys. These guys from the Swedish province of Skåne certainly have some solid reputation for delivering a wicked blast of aural chaos in the past, and now with Larma they start a new legacy that is promising indeed!
Full of emotion, genuinely pissed and threatening, this shit knocks you over and set the place on fire. Ripping like there’s no tomorrow, Larma falls somewhere between the manic d-beat style of Totalitär backed up with totally crushing Swedish-language vocals and pulverizing riffage in the tradition of Japanese “burning spirits” school of dark arts. The 11 songs on here fly by pretty quickly with a great deal of variety, ranging from the aforementioned old school hardcore and käng punk essentials to their own sheer brutality and originality, making this a relentless attack on the senses for those who still like their hardcore raw and unadulterated. Larma, unlike any of the d-beat clones out there, is catchy in all the right ways and just reeks of fun & high-octane hardcore energy.
Basically, in their debut LP released through the Copenhagen based Adult Crash label and coming back straight from the K-Town Hardcore Fest 2019, this new Swedish gang have managed to flip the monochrome monotony of d-beat on its drunken head to provide something really exciting that will please even the most picky and stubborn hardcore punk listeners out there. Definitely one of the best käng/crust/d-beat infused hardcore records I’ve heard in a while, you really have to get this.