As anyone who’s ever seen them live or experienced their growing recorded output can confirm, Spain’s Sudor are, without a doubt,one of the most exciting hardcore punk bands on the planet as their third album, “Causa General”, makes patently clear. With a sound rooted in the Discharge tradition, Scandinavian Hardcore and the classic sounds of 80s Spanish punk bands, Sudor’s powerful and extreme personality explodes with manic energy in the grooves of this beast of a record. Sounding meaner, dirtier and more pissed off than ever, the band takes no prisoners, spitting anthem after anthem of raw, unaltered hardcore punk the way it’s meant to be… loud, fast (with the occasional kick ass mid-tempo crawler) and uncompromising. Make punk a menace again and play this monster L-O-U-D, your lame ass neighbors will hate your fucking guts.
Our take: Well, this was a nice surprise since I hadn’t heard new music from Spain's Sudor since their 2015 LP Enamorado De La Muerte Juvenil. From 2011 (when they released their brilliant debut LP, Ganas de Vomitar), through 2015 (when they seemed to become much less active touring and releasing records) Sudor were one of my favorite active bands. At that time, hardcore punk was even more enmeshed in retromania than it is now, and Sudor’s raw, visceral, and passionate punk stood out. They build most of their songs around simple riffs, but Sudor has a knack for arranging their songs for maximum dramatic impact, traits that always make me think of classic Finnish hardcore bands like Kaaos, Appendix, and Lama. While it’s been a long time since the last Sudor record, Causa General sounds like the rest of the band’s discography. The recording is a little rawer, but everything else about the record is the Sudor that you (hopefully) know and love. Given that all of the records in their discography sound more or less the same, it’s tough to recommend one Sudor record over any of the others, but as someone hooked on the band’s sound I’m happy that there’s more to hear.