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La Urss: Nuevo Testamento 12"

La Urss: Nuevo Testamento 12"


Tags: · 10s · chubbschoices · danielspicks · melodic · post-punk · punk · recommended · sethspicks · Spain · spo-default · spo-disabled · vincentspicks
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Discos MMM
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$13.00
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$13.00

After their last full length in 2015, Spain's La URSS is back with a new 10 song LP titled "Nuevo Testamento." It's not every band that can release three great albums, let alone FOUR. I've said this before, but La URSS continue to get better and better, honing their craft further, expanding on harmonies and different time signatures. They are able to switch flawlessly from chanted dirges to driving melodic punk at the drop of a dime. From the trance-inducing track simply titled "✟" to the wild and ripping "Confianza Racional en la Accion Dinamica," La URSS flex their musical chops like never before to the listener's enjoyment. The cover art is minimalist, an apparent comment on modern day's technological worship, for better or worse. Cracked and broken. If you know La URSS, you know they are a rare group that is amazing both live and recorded. If you don't, you need to remedy that and pick up "Nuevo Testamento" right away.

Our take: Fourth album from this veteran punk band from Spain. I’ve always thought La Urss was great (especially live), and I remain confused why they aren’t bigger. Perhaps Nuevo Testamento will be the one that pushes them through to wherever they’re trying to go, because it’s a real step up. If you were watching their discography like a movie, Nuevo Testamento is when things transform from black and white into brilliant color. This isn’t to knock their other records (which were also excellent), but Nuevo Testamento adds another dimension to La Urss’s music. In particular, it seems like the band has transcended punk rock, at least to an extent. They still sound punk, but they’re also more than that, with a wider range of sounds incorporated into their sonic palette and their songwriting growing to accommodate a wider range of moods and textures. They’ve always been able to craft a great pop hook, but on Nuevo Testamento they deploy those hooks in the service of something greater, something more like art than just a bouncy, fun punk record. God bless labels like Discos MMM and Todo Destruido for making sure that there are great records like this in the world even if they won't move a bazillion units.