Malvina – Hybrid War

What is Brazilian hardcore music? It is Malvina. I am quite certain that these guys are the real deal if you are into an anarchy of instruments. The trio from Nova Friburgo, Brazil, take full advantage of portraying political messages and awareness through song. Explained by the band; ‘the album’s concept has to do with the rolling coup in Brazil, the rise of neofascism and the alt-right attacks over the world,’ which is why I am so disappointed I can’t understand their lyrics.

A chaos of instruments fills your ears from beginning to end. It’s functioning chaos, but variety is missing from the album. However, sometimes you need albums like this, where all you want to do is hear the guitars and drums being slapped and hit as hard as possible from start to finish, get the blood pumping, get the head banging, let your locks fly and start throwing some punches.

XIII brings an “Ace Of Spades” by Motorhead type of tone but with a punk twist. It is a fast-paced two-minute song that packs a punch. As told by RollingStone Brazil; “they relate the year 2013, prior to the impeachment of former President Dilma Rousseff, to the political events of the time: the demonstrations of the middle class on the streets, the media news, and the resulting end of Dilma’s term.” I definitely need to brush up on my Brazilian history…

Standouts of the album would include “The Anomie”, “The Cypher” and “Biped Goodbye”. “The Anomie” has some incredible guitar work involved and allows no time to warm up for the force of instruments. “The Cypher”, well, it’s pretty much great for the same reasons; impressive guitar work and no build up, they just get straight into it. “Biped Goodbye” begins with more of a melodic intro, but don’t be fooled, it takes a predictable turn straight back into pandemonium.

This is the type of album you could start a riot with. And then riot to the whole duration of it. It is hardcore music with a message, and with a mission to criticize political agenda. It would have been nice to see some diversity throughout the album, seeing as it probably doesn’t drop from about 150bpm the whole time, but if this is what Brazilian hardcore music is then I am certainly not opposed to listening to more of it.     

(Punk & Disorderly Records)