Can one ever have enough quality mangel in their life?! Beach Impediment is proud to not only be handling the North American pressing of this bombastic debut by Sweden's LARMA but to also answer that lingering question with a resounding "HELL NO!" Considering the folks in this band have been responsible for a large portion of the top tier raging hardcore punk to come from the greater Scandinavian area via their previous endeavors in the likes of SKITKIDS, HERÄTYS, INFERNÖH and loads more over the past couple decades, it's not even remotely surprising that the contents of this 12" are a remarkable regional tutorial sorts worked into a proper ass kicking from start to finish. Eleven tracks of kang punk hysteria that is not for the faint of heart. Each record comes in a UV gloss jacket featuring cover art by the band's own Jonas Pungen. Limited to a one time pressing of 500 copies.
Our take: When this self-titled 12” from Sweden’s Larma dropped on the internet earlier this year it turned the head of pretty much anyone interested in classic-sounding Swedish hardcore of the Totalitär ilk. With the music composed by the mastermind behind Herätys and the vocalist from the almighty Skitkids the members’ pedigree is impeccable, but no one here is resting on their laurels. While the music is modeled on the classic Totalitär sound, it takes that sound even further with more complex, inventive riffing, masterful songwriting and arrangement, and a production style that strikes the perfect balance between gritty, raw, heavy, and clear. I’m tempted to say that this 12” is even better than any of Totalitär’s actual LPs. It seems to take every one of that band’s key ideas and take it to its logical endpoint. It’s like a beautifully shot slasher flick; the aim is brutality, but it’s brutality executed with elegance and attention to detail. One of the year’s best hardcore records for sure.