MALATESTA are a German crust band that began in 2009. This is their first release, and it’s a rager! They are inspired by the Swedish and Portland dark crust scenes of the earlier part of this century (WOLFBRIGADE, TRAGEDY, etc) but exist on a much more lo-fi plain. The lo-fi sound quality really helps them out, because they sound truly pissed and raw this way. When I use the words “inspired by”, I mean just that. These punks aren’t just another copy cat. You can tell which bands they love, but they take that and go in their own direction, making the songs and the style their own. This is a nice little surprise, and I can’t recommend this enough. Extra points for singing in their own language. (Inbred)