Desalmado - Hereditas Review
by Matt Hensch
I'm not really big on grindcore barring a few of the subgenre's creators and beneficial advancements. Normally, there would be no reason for the average metalhead with a normal I.Q. to revel in some unknown grind from a country not really regarded for its exceptional exports of grind-related music (take for example all those grind bands from second or third-world countries that have dashed the sound into an overbearing charade of senseless noise and laughable gimmicks). Desalmado's place in this mess is quite simple: they are above-average in their field. Listening to "Hereditas" is not a frighteningly good experience, but Desalmado knows how to bend and twist the grindcore bone even though they lack concrete originality and a degree of sophistication.
Derived and deprived from the hardcore roots of, well, hardcore, and furnished in the devouring circle of grind and its associated identities, "Hereditas" never halts the excessive vomiting of grindcore's basic functions chipping away at the threshold of social acceptance, with all the hyper-tempos and deviant acts one would come to expect. The drums are radical and filthy, the guitars roil in fiery rhythms which drip traces of death metal riffing and classic hardcore licks, and the growling vocals are squeezed in the mess in an illegible fashion like a schizophrenic's communication skills. Overall it's pretty expected stuff; Desalmado finds musical mutualism with Napalm Death and Lock Up just to name a few, so that's where they fall on the musical spectrum. More importantly, is it enjoyable? Well, I think so. I often find my head bobbing to the toxic conquest, and it's perfectly fine just the way it is.
Oh yea, did I mention the whole EP is only fifteen minutes in length? Not a very long or taxing release obviously, but it suits the band quite well; its a quick and easy shot with no fat hanging on its side like excess skin on a fat persons belly. The essentials of microwavable grindcore are fairly applicable to Desalmado's novella of violent propaganda that's cooked in the minds of aggressive personalities and volatile extremity. "Hereditas" won't charm grind virgins or inexperienced kin, but Desalmado at least delivers the goods throughout this quick jab of grindcore fury, and that's enough to impress even the subgenre's most skeptical critics.
Desalmado - Hereditas
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