Blowing-Up Kali was the Ultimate Sacrilege

Starting a record with birds tweeting is never a good sign. It’s always a premonition that something really hard and heavy is going to smash your poor face. Kali doesn’t fail the expectations and drills your ears with five songs (plus the tweeting intro) of pure, old school unrelenting powerviolence. Music wise they focus on the contrast between their three souls : blistering speed, breath-taking groovy parts and knee crushing slow tempos. You can draw the influences to the good ol’ times and if you close your eyes you can shift the band hometown from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada to Berkeley, California, USA. They are rad, fast and love to switch from one speed to the other, giving a lot of fresh air to their songs, which can be listened a lot of times in a row without growing old at all. There’s the speed of bands like Capitali$ Casualties and the primal rage of Neanderthal, while Kali demonstrates to have learned to lesson given by Man Is The Bastard in their early days : if you go slow you can hit as hard as if you go fast. Yes, I know, Kali focuses mainly on high speed, but when they slow down are really intense and can grip their hands on your weak neck very, very easily.  Speaking of more modern bands, I can draw a comparison to early The Endless Blockade or, more easily, to Life Iron Lung Death by Iron Lung. Vocals are also very cool, but this is a steady factor on both sides. The main style is a pissed off ultra high pitched shriek, not so far from the fast screaming of Charles Bronson fame (even if someone will also say it sounds like Gronibard!), while there some classic lower barks here and there that come directly from the common hardcore background all the mentioned bands have. Lyrics wise they talk about everyday negativity raised by mindless people, numb religion fanatics and so on. Even if the subjects are everything but new, their writing style is very good and makes these topics fresh and interesting. Well, this band is REALLY good and I think I’ll also grab their self titled full EP, because what I’ve heard here is not enough to satisfy my Kali hunger!

I think I could be surprised to find an hardcore/powerviolence band from Turkey, but after Mondo Gecko and {{{D9}}} from Israel, Coffee Rage and Gawj from New Zealand and, well, Sakatat from Turkey, I won’t be surprised by anything. Ultimate Blowup had already won the award for one of the best cover art of the last times with their self titled EP, so they started their career with the right foot and this split EP with Kali makes their reputation even stronger. Their style is more straight forward, more classic if you want, dealing more with extremely pissed off hardcore fueled with some tempo changes, like the last part of Disillusioned and Cast Out. I can’t complain about music. I really love hardcore when it gets REALLY fast and starts to be distorted, dissonant and overall pissed off like every band members’ car has been removed by cops (stupid example, but that’s the true story of my last weekend). There’s a very cool bass sound going on here and in the rare moments when it gets loose it’s really entertaing. Being honest, everything turns out to be very cool on this record, with a lot of tempo changes, very fast and brutal sonic assault, spoken words, ultra-effective drum lines and, above all, vocals. Yes, vocals are surely the best parts of this side of this split EP, with the two singers, Can -also on guitar- and Bariş -also on bass-, making a wide range of vocals creating a very cool Spazz effect. High tones, lower tones, mid ones, fast barking, slower growling and so on. The vocal lines reminds me a lot of a mix of Lack Of Interest and No Comment, making them really near to the Low Threat Profile’s records. Well, even on this side there’s a high level of quality, so I expect to see Ultimate Blowup raging around a lot in the next months!

Thanks to Mat/Idoneum Bello (who has released this one with Spastic Fantastic, 7 Degrees Records, Incursion Records and #1 Dad) for the record!


~ by petetheripper on May 17, 2011.

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