Kromosom-Live Forever (Southern Lord)
Eschew the labels and just listen to this straight up LOUD offering from down under.
Poonk Fooking Rock as we like to say up here. This is great crusty, frenetic, unrelenting punk rock. Hailing from Melbourne, this is just a little noisier than Harold Bishop screaming when he hits his vinegar strokes. And if you donât like that kind of joke you probably wonât like this collection of early material from this band, formed from the ashes of Piss Christ, another delightfully named band.
Grinding distorted bass, screamed vocals, and crushingly distorted guitar emerge from the feedback drenched introduction to pummel away like Darkthrone have attempted to do on their last 3 or 4 albums but never sounded as aggressive as this. I do believe this is called âDoing it Properlyâ. ‘Paranoid’ sounds like early Black Flag. ‘Are You Free’ has become my favourite punk song of 2013 already.
Whilst they may be from Melbourne, itâs easy to see where their influences stem from. Discharge, Crass, Flux of Pink Indians and Conflict can all be heard throughout, and whilst there is nothing original on display, it doesnât matter. The songs are written well, and the lo-fi production ensures the songs get right in your face.
D-Beat, Discore, Discrust, Kangpunk or whatever it is they call this these days, ignore the tags, get into it. Theyâre really worth digging out. Short, sharp and straight to the point, Kromosom do this stuff well and letâs face it, itâs a lot better than most stuff around at the minute.
I realize a lot of people are pissed off with Southern Lord seemingly intent on becoming Crass records PT. II, but when the quality of bands they find are as good as this you just have to go along for the ride. Keep up the good work fellas.
All words by Nick Wood. You can read more from Nick on LTW here.