malatesta – „Abwesend“ EP
Hailing from Munich and named after a 19th century champion of insurrectionary anarchsim, MALATESTA specialize in brooding melodic crust with the occasional hint of metal. Not all that gritty for a crust record, the combination of epic D-beats, forcefull chugging and melancholic guitar work here recalls bands like ÖROKU minus the cello, while the obscure, washed out production adds several layers of screamotional depth. The vocal range on this record is simply fantastic and really ties the whole thing together. A record to be listened to with pinkies raised, this is totally worth your time. (WB)
(self released)