Akoso – Todas Putas

Todas Putas_RingMaster Review

Let us introduce you to some rousing punk ‘n’ roll from a band which most probably you have yet to make the acquaintance if placed outside of their homeland. They are Akoso and have recently released their third album Todas Putas. It is a storming collection of middle finger raising tracks roaring at the world with a view emulating the album’s title, which in English translates as All Whores. It pulls no punches and even with all track sung in the band’s Spanish tongue, there is no escaping its lyrical aggressiveness and musical contagion.

Hailing from Montblanc and with a name meaning “harassment” or “abuse”, Akoso began some when between 2002 and 2003. They have released two albums previously, a self–titled offering in 2010 followed by Noctamid para dormer three years later. The years has seen numerous line-up changes around co-band founder and guitarist/vocalist Xavi Nuez and at one point after the recording of their second album, Akoso seemed to split or go on hiatus with Xavi going on to form The Sick Side. The album still found itself uncaged to strong responses but it was only in 2014 when the band re-emerged, initially for a one off show. Now a year or so later, Akoso has their third and most impressive offering to date snarling at the world, a fusion of antagonistic punk and raw rock ‘n’ roll very easy to get excitedly vocal over.

Mañana Será Otro Día sets the aggression fuelled treat off, though the song itself arrives on a relatively restrained canter of riffs and punchy beats. It has a growl to it though which stirs ears and a sonic enterprise to feed the appetite straight away, and though the song is not tearing up trees it is an enjoyably solid and satisfying start to Todas Putas.

Things get a touch spicier with the following Habitación 46, the guitars swiftly sending tendrils of bluesy endeavour through ears as a more grouchy mix of riffs and rhythms court the distinctive vocals of Xavi. As enticing as it is throughout, the track most catches fire when it kicks its energy and attitude up another notch, a move which lures in great backing calls and a more predatory nature in the grooves and bestial tones of the bass. It discovers a more adventurous nature over time which is explored much further in the album ahead, here that boldness coming in hints adding more flavour and spirit rousing urgency to the track before ¿Qué Es Esto? takes over. The third song equally opens on a controlled intent and energy only to find its greatest persuasion once it also explodes with creative tenacity into another charging attack, mixing both gears with pleasing results from thereon in.

The next up Esto Es Punk swings its rhythmic and belligerent prowess at full throttle from its opening breath, jabbing at the listener whilst inciting their eager involvement, especially when the great unruly and anthemic mix of vocals leads the way. The track is a proper, rebel rousing punk song setting up emotions and energy ready for the similarly tenacious Ella Arruinó Mi Vida and its musical and bedlamic vocal hooks. Like its predecessor, the track has everything you want from a slice of adversarial rock ‘n’ roll and plenty more to get additionally excited over, just as La Guerra. Opening with scene from the battlefield, the next track is quickly spilling tangy sonic bait as vocally Xavi explores the tale of a soldier on the frontline, his wife back home, and their ill-fated chance of a reunion. Again it is an encounter which just gets hits the spot with no extra frills or any intent other than to provide one meaty and thrilling slab of punk rock.

The social commentary of Crisis blazes away next, the guitars merging hungry riffs with fiery endeavour throughout its infectious provocation, especially in a volcanic expulsion midway. The bracing roar of the song is matched by that of the outstanding Fuck The System, which from its opening contagion fuelled hook, has ears and imagination enslaved, only increasing its grip with the repetition of that irresistible start and a fist raising chorus where for the only time English its used in a simple repeat of the song title.

The thicker adventure of that song seems to spark Islamismo Radical straight after too, its initial bait of brooding bass quickly followed by swarthy grooving which just gets more potent with every dangle of its tempting, which in turn seems to spark greater flirtatious hooks and melodic imagination elsewhere as it heads to another middle part which just erupts with compelling imagination inspiring subsequent adventurous exploits through the keys to emerge. The best track on the album by far, amongst nothing but great growls of sound and attitude, the track gives a clear view along with the song before it, of where Akoso has the invention and prowess to really stir up attention from a broader punk world.

Closing song Llegó la Hora, also takes a leap into new imagination in the band’s sound, its opening caress of piano emotive and elegant as it leads ears into the addictive textures and hard rock meets punk ‘n’ roll infectiousness of its body. It is the perfect anthem to end the rebel rousing exploits of Todas Putas and a final stomp to get thoroughly and keenly involved in.

Fair to say Akoso are not trying to inject major originality into punk or rock ‘n’ roll with Todas Putas, though they do have it within them as a couple of songs show, but rather provide a slab of sound to simply get people excited and invigorated. That they do with ease through an album that definitely deserves more than a moment of anyone’s time.

Todas Putas is available for streaming and free download now.

Pete Ringmaster 22/09/2015

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The Sick Side – Born to Kill


Bracingly raw and with an attitude and character as mischievous as it is antagonistic, Born To Kill the debut album from Spanish rockers The Sick Side, is like one of those companions you know you should not hang out with as they will only get you into trouble but you just cannot resist the anarchic and brazen seduction. A brawl of hard rock and heavy metal with a very healthy fuelling of punk rock, the release is a potential soaked riot of fun, unclean rock ‘n’ roll from a band which breeding a keen appetite for is very easy.

Storming out of Montblanc, a town in the Catalonian province of Tarragona, the quartet of Xavi Granados (vocals /guitar), Xavi Nuez (vocals /guitar), Sergio Martinez (bass), and Joan Pérez (drums) equip their album with a middle finger driven sound and adventure which demands and commands attention. Formed in 2012 and conducting their first rehearsals and song writing exploits in a garage right next to a cemetery, the perfect landscape for the creation of their devilish brew of sound it is easy to suggest, The Sick Side spent the following year working towards and on Born to Kill. Recorded at the Más Allá Studios in Valls, the album is an instant ear grabbing and furious incitement of energy and tenacity. As mentioned it is a raw and rough around the gills encounter but one we suggest fans of filthy punk and rock ‘n’ roll will get a real kick out of.

The album’s first track Looking For quickly lays down a tasty indication of what is in store within Born to Kill. Though not the strongest track on the release, its snarling vocal led weave of sonic enterprise and thumping rhythms within a caustic wall of riffs is a flavoursome appetiser for bigger things. Essences of Judas Priest like metal, Motorhead bred antagonism, and melodic toxicity collude from within the song to add further bait to the not remarkable but solid opening, an entrance backed forcibly by the Turbonegro like She Is A Whore which follows. As the first song, the craft and imagination of the band is captivating bait within the caustic rock ’n’ roll shaping the proposition, but there is a brighter spark of energy to it which sets up ears and appetite perfectly for the next step forward which comes in the fiery shape of Hanging Around.

The album’s third track has feet and emotions hooked from its opening lure of bass and a swiftly aligning roll of beats. Both Granados and Nuez share the vocal lead across the album, a mix and variety which only adds to the unpredictable nature and adventure of songs, and as shown here when those vocals come in hand in hand with a spicy blaze of guitar sculpted sonic design it works a treat. The hints of punk which whisper in the opening pair of songs is a broader and louder anthemic roar here too giving a great simplistic balance to the skilled and inventive veining of guitar endeavour alongside. Ramones meets Crashdiet; the track is a contagious stomp pushing the album up yet another notch with ease.

Both the heavy rhythmic stride and imposing presence of Jenny and the tangy blues shading of Alice hold ears and appetite firmly bound in catchy intriguing persuasion. The first of the two has a more serious nature to its character, parading a less rebellious and slightly more composed weight to its presence whilst its successor toys the senses with a blues garage rock spicing, both adding variety and fresh adventure to the album. Each also has glimpses of a more Billy Idol like glam punk spicing at their hearts, just whispers but proving more colouring to their resourceful and pleasing offerings.

Things continue to grip body and thoughts as Lights Are Always Bright romps with pop punk devilment, well pop punk caked in scowling vocals and riffs which collude with unpolished barbed littered hooks. It results in a tightly grabbing contagion which is emulated by a song called Track 1, where again heavy rock and melodic punk unite to create an abrasing confrontation with searing heavy metal veining alongside attention holding craft from the band. Both tracks keep things moving along enjoyably before the devilry of A Crime Against Humanity with its distinctive vocal delivery and addictive rhythms, steps up to forge another peak in the presence of Born To Kill, a new level reinforced by the album’s title track and the outstanding War. With a touch of hardcore punk teasing in the first, and heavy metal rabidity colouring the brilliance of the second of the three, the band leave the third to add the juiciest onslaught of the album. War is a belligerence of riffs and rapier like beats from its first breath, the band uniting them and the subsequent roar of vocals and bass predation in a thrash inspired stalking of the senses with a nice feel of Testament to its voracious heavy rock tempest.

   The final two songs of Lady Pheromon and The Sick Side impressively and easily ensures Born To Kill ends of a high. The first is an addiction forging slice of punk rock with another chorus to swiftly succumb to whilst the latter stomps around with stirring attitude and a punk metal swagger helped along by another excellent dark bassline courting a potent weave of riffs, hooks, and acidic grooves.

The two tracks make an enjoyable and ruggedly persuasive end to an outstanding introduction to The Sick Side. The album is unpolished and hostile, organic and ready to tear your head off, exactly as all dirt smothered rock ‘n’ roll should be from a band which can only grow and develop an even more striking and dangerous nature…something to eagerly anticipate on the evidence of Born to Kill.

Born To Kill is available now as a name your price download @ http://thesickside.bandcamp.com/releases


RingMaster 19/01/2015

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