NUEVA FUERZA return with 7 tracks of uber-distorted Hardcore on a 12‚Äù format. Taking cues from both Italian Hardcore and Midwest off-kilter punk but keeping the rage, anguish and intensity that has become synonymous with Barcelona over the last decade. Hitos y Derrotas sees the band delivering longer songs than on their debut with a more structured sound and new found intensity. Drenched in reverb and very bass dominated, the songs take unexpected turns and reach dirge-like moments at several times, taking you on a wild ride where youthful force-brute meets crashing idealism. Think of DESTINO FINAL meets NO TREND with a hint of NERORGASMO and you may get close to NUEVA FUERZA.¬†
Hitos y Derrotas was recorded by Daniel Frutos at La Cova de la Bestia, mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege and comes housed in a mind-melting sleeve designed by Cecilia Caldeira. It also includes a lyric Insert designed by singer D. Garceran.
Our take: After an earlier 7‚Äù (which we still have in stock(https://www.sorrystaterecords.com/products/nueva-fuerza-s-t-7-new) BTW) on the Spanish label Discos Enfermos, here‚Äôs the debut 12‚Äù from this Barcelona hardcore band, this time on La Vida Es Un Mus. While their earlier EP packed 10 songs onto a 7‚Äù, here they give us five songs on a 12‚Äù. Don‚Äôt worry, though; even though the songs are longer, they still have the clipped, jagged quality of the 7‚Äù. On Hitos Y Derrotas, however, they balance that Wire-esque sense of abruptness with longer passages that channel the same tense pulse as Destino Final. One minute the band is grinding into a deep groove, cymbal wash and guitar distortion blending into cascading waves of sound, the next they‚Äôre laying into Greg Ginn-inspired jagged and mind-bending guitar leads. Those leads are my favorite moments on the record, and while I wish there were more of them they‚Äôre more climactic for only popping up every so often. If you‚Äôre a fan of the artsier hardcore bands that LVEUM puts out‚Äîthe aforementioned Destino Final, Una Bestia Incontrolable, and Permission, for instance‚Äîthis will tweak your expectations in much the same way.