Mad Blasts Of Reviews VOL. 1 – DISCONNECTED / WASTELAND

If I have to point out a word when I’ve received the parcel from Idoneum Bello, it must be NEW. My order was driven by Sick/Tired, a band I started to love with their recent Full LP Highlife, but I was smashed by a good bunch of new bands, having the plasure to listen to their very good efforts. On this post I’m gonne review the first of two chapter of the Mad Blasts Of Chaos saga. What are the charachteristics of this saga? Well, the four bands featured on these two 7″ are all dwelling in the fast hardcore/powerviolence environment, even with differencies between their styles. Plus these releases share the same amazing layout, with a very cool obi wrapping the top-opened enevelope-like cover. Well, let’s stop talking about the whole picture and let’s go into deep with the first chapter of Mad Blasts Of Chaos.

Side A is ripped apart by Disconnected, a band hailing from Ohio, USA, formed by four sickos kidnapped by other local bands (like As Good As Dead, Full Scale Panic and Premonitions Of War). They kick in with four tracks of fast, punishing and somewhat dark pissed off hardcore, leaning sometimes to some crazy old school grindcore, with its oversatured sound and sharp drums beats. There’s a very cool taste in songwriting, with a lot of tempo changes and a nice structure often made by mixing open chords, short hypersonic riffs and simple yet violent drums lines. I really love the parts when Disconnected seems to take a little breath just to come back smashing your face with pure hardcore mid tempo parts, like in Broken Heart Suicide. They put some solos here and there, with teh classic high pitched fast series of notes that reminds me the classics from early 90’s. There’s also a cool usage of the vocals. While Patrick’s way of singing can sound a little bit too linear and monotonic, he manages to dominate the scene with a passionate way of spitting out his hate that reminded me the vocal lines of Andy on the Low Threat Profile 12″. This is a very cool side and even if it’s my first time with Disconnected I really hope to listen to more by them really soon.


On the flipside there’s Wasteland from New Zeland. They’re more stuck to the classic powerviolence formula, so expect five songs built from an amazing bunch of tempo changes, slow downs, accelerations, nervous vocals and mind blowing drumming. Guitars and bass create a very enjoyable wall of sound, with a lot of distortions and feedback, also putting the always welcomed fuzzy feeling to each note. There’s a good bunch of slow parts that will make you scream the name of this band in your bedroom hoping to be at one of their gig. Just Scared, People and Sore Loser are perfect examples of how powerviolence should be played in 2011. Put your slow part in, make it punishing, unvorgiving, then explode with a super catchy and even funny fast section. Rorschach meeting Charles Bronson. Make the dark part darker and the bright part brighter, make the difference not just big, but EXTREMELY big. Very cool indeed. I want to spend a couple of words on the vocals. Kader has done a very good job singing, using a very enjoyable and uncommon tone for most of the parts, not far from Infest, while he goes a little bit down with his voice he reminds me good ol’ Lack Of Interest.

Well, a very, VERY good split, give it a spin and you won’t be disappointed.

Next chapter in 24 hours, stay tuned!

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~ by petetheripper on May 14, 2011.

One Response to “Mad Blasts Of Reviews VOL. 1 – DISCONNECTED / WASTELAND”

  1. mmmmmhhhhh!!!!!! hungry!!!!!

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