Musica en Español

I’ve been checking out a bit of Spanish language music lately. Partly it’s motivation for my campaign to relearn Spanish. Partly it has to do with the fact that there is a lot of good stuff out there that has, perhaps, been overlooked by those of us who spend their time waiting for the next hot thing to come out of Umeå.

The immediate impulse for this project was hearing the Mexican band Rhuckuss (thanks to Paco for pointing me in their direction). They come from Mexico City as near as I can tell and they’ve been going since 2010 or so. They have a 12” that’s available on Bandcamp (and elsewhere I’m sure if you’re kind of person who wants the actual artifact). They play metal tinged crust with some melodic and other creative elements thrown in for good measure. Lots of thumping double bass gives this a sort of galloping feel that holds the attention well. They mix in some more classic rock elements here and there, but in a way consistent with their style, so the feel of the record remains consistent and powerful.

Searching around for more information about Rhuckuss, I stumbled onto Esclavitud Voluntaria, a demo released last year by the Argentine band Disnube. Esclavitud Voluntaria contains five songs of extremely raw dbeat crust. This is the kind of thing where you have to really love the format to get into it. That said, the delivery is passionate and aggressive. They also try to deviate somewhat from the normal dbeat format by including soundbites in a rather different way than one would expect from a band with such obvious artistic debts to bands like Discharge. Speaking of stylistic debts, the demo also contains covers of Doom’s “The Money Drug” and “Visions of Chaos” by Disclose, which gives one a pretty good idea of from whence they are drawing their ideas. I think their demo is still available here and it’s definitely worth checking out.

Moving from dbeat to a more straight hardcore approach, I’ve recently been rocking to a band from Spain called Inu. Hailing from the city of Coruña, Inu have come out with a couple of releases in recent years. In 2010 the released a split with the Indonesian band Kroia. They followed it up with a full length of their own entitled Hacia El Abismo. They play fast hardcore that at times is almost bouncy. There is no downtuning here and their songs are in the higher pitch range that was characteristic of US hardcore in the 1980s. They also have their share of sing along choruses. The songs are melodic without being sappy, often breaking out to some really raging tempos. Inu are tight and hard rockin, and their recordings are readily available on Bandcamp, which shows the right sort of attitude in my book.

Last but not least, Spanish dbeat merchants Instinto will be heading out on the road at the end of this month for a tour of Europe. The tour dates, at least as they stand now, are available here. Regular readers of this blog will know that we are kind of obsessed with these guys. We strongly urge you to get out and see them if possible and let their awesomeness wash over you.

Magadh

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