Friday, July 22, 2011

Blast(beat) from the Past: Subcut

Subcut
Contra Fatos Nao Ha Argumentos

Terrorotten
2008

Brazil is a country I’ve wanted to do a regional roundup on for a couple of years now, and bands like Subcut are a large part of why. Unfortunately, I’ve just never been able to assemble the pieces I felt necessary to pay thorough tribute to the country’s prowess, but the country boasts an impressive grindcore culture from the legendary Rot through today’s practitioners. So I've been piecemealing the country's finer points.
Subcut’s debut full length Contra Fatos Nao Ha Argumentos is a grimy, sweaty snapshot of urban angst and barely concealed outrage. This is the Amores Perros of grindcore: from the urban pastiche graffiti-style art through the ghetto desperation of the individual songs, it’s got a street-level outlook on a corrupt, crumbling culture. Even if you don’t speak Portugese, songs about “Fascistas” and between song samples lambasting the “policia” eloquently convey their frustration.
Musically, Contra Fatos Nao Ha Argumentos is a more concise, Brazilian equivalent of Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses. Many of the songs have a real “Denial of Existence” vibe, in particular. The Sao Paulo trio, who all take a turn at the mic, have crafted a tight, fun album that knows its strengths and plays to them, channeling that awesome early ’90s vibe before grindcore became overproduced and stale.
If you haven't gotten down with Brazil's wax, now is a great time to start. And this is a great place to start.

5 comments:

Alex said...

On the subject of amazing Brazilian Grind bands, you given Expurgo any tlc?

Andrew Childers said...

expurgo have many many promises that have yet to materialize.

Alex said...

Had the same problem, in the end they just sent me a download link to it. Definatley worth checking out, some of the meanest grind I've heard.

Andrew Childers said...

the suggested that too, but it hasn't happened. there's too much other cool grind in the world to worry about it.

Alex said...

Ohh yes, 2011 is turning out to be an absolute diamond of a year for grind, and thats before we have heard new Brutal Truth and Pig Destroyer.