Manual De Combate – Deus Ex Machina

Experimental punk duo from Chile

Artist: Manual De Combate

Title: Deus Ex Machina

Release: Tape / Digital

Year: 2018

Label: Self-Released

One of the most interesting and ambitious bands of the new wave of punk in Santiago, Chile—always struggling to survive—is Manual De Combate. They’ve been constantly playing shows and releasing splits and EPs, and their latest, Deus Ex Machina, is one of their most interesting approaches to their sound, with only one track reaching the 16-minute mark. Want to know more about this experimental punk duo? Read on.

Their latest effort finds them sounding almost as fierce, raw and primal as they do live, with a droning bass that quickly and consistently changes melodies and rhythms along with the drums that make this duo so vibrant and energetic. This is probably their best work to date.

As always, the lyrics are politically charged, talking about such important concepts as memory and the history of people’s struggles against oppression, as well as the need to create an alternative to the way we live our daily lives and relate to society, along with samples that talk to us about the same issues.

Making this record with almost only drums and bass makes it heavy and interesting at the same time, because it’s a punk record that doesn’t conform to punk standards. That’s what the band always strives for, it seems. The cassette version is made in Argentina by Percha and has the EP on the A-side and the songs from the split with the Valparaiso band Dumo on the B-side.

It was mixed and mastered by Milo Goberoff at Estudios Hukot with art and design by Kráfica. It really is a wonderful record. But that’s for you to decide. Check it out!

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