Manual De Combate – Deus Ex Machina

Experimental punk duo from Chile

Artist: Manual De Combate

Title: Deus Ex Machina

Release: Digital / Cassette

Year: 2018

Label: Self released

One of the most interesting and ambitious bands of the new wave of punk in Santiago, Chile—always striving to survive—is Manual De Combate. They have been consistently playing shows and releasing splits and EPs, and their most recent one, Deus Ex Machina, it’s one of their most interesting approaches to their sound, with only one track that reaches the 16 minutes mark. Wanna know more about this experimental punk duo? Keep reading a bit.

Their most recent effort make them sound almost as fierce, raw and primal as they sound live, with a droning bass that interchanging melodies and rhythms fastly and consistently along the drums that make this duo so vibrant and energetic. This is probably their best effort yet.

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

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

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

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