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Mala Suerte : Non Serviam

Mala Suerte ("bad luck") is like some group of sword-rattling underworld golems, screaming and mumbling around their darkened caverns, showing us through the power of music what life is like behind the mirror in their ugly wonderland. Doom, sludge, crust and thrash compete to overpower the listener and make them a slave to the group's obscure power.

Rising from deep in the Austin, Texas underground, this is Mala Suerte's second self-released album in the past few years. I liked their first effort, scattershot as it was, because it showed some crusty doom and psychedelic potential. Their new one includes some more focussed forays into the world of doomy melancholia, and it’s all to the good. But of course the group can't do just one thing, and there are some short and brutal thrash tunes as well. 'Evolved to Dust' starts with some epic guitar strumming reminiscent of Sleep, YOB, and Ocean Chief before lurching into a brutal dual vocal attack.

'Quest for Light' is a slow, shuffling doom anthem with a middle section reminiscent of brilliant US west coast doomsters Cold Mourning. The next three songs are more hardcore and thrashy, short and grindingly repellent. The title track is long, with a super-slow doomy tempo slowly gathering power like a steamroller driven by some PCP-loving fool before shifting to a rather beautiful psychedelic outro worthy of old Pink Floyd.

You may be saying "what the?" Well, don't get your undies in a bundle. Sure, the group is adept at several different musical approaches, but if you're into extreme metal, then at least one of them is sure to satisfy. Fans of Cold Mourning, Grief, Beaten Back to Pure, Jumbo's Killcrane and the above-referenced doomsters will want to get with the 'Suerte boys at the above-referenced addy. Thrash addicts might want to as well, but I'll leave that up to them. In any case, the group is driven by the visions of H.P. Lovecraft and Robert Anton Wilson, which means they're no ordinary group of knuckleheads. Prost!

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Evolved to Dust
2. Quest for Light (The Outsider)
3. Shooting Star (Fading Fast)
4. Guttercrust
5. Cacadevaca
6. Non Serviam

Duration : Approx. 24 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kevin McHugh
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