Efialtis: S/T 7"

Static Shock Records


After last year's haunting demo, London's Efialtis get the vinyl treatment with a fresh EP on Static Shock Records. Featuring three primitive stompers from their tape plus a riveting new one, Efialtis crash through the ruins of reality like an angry goddess in search of retribution. Four feral tracks of stripped down, high-energy, mid-tempo Punk, with despotic vocals and ominous Greek lyrics. The sharp guitar and buzzing bass wade through combative drumming, all tough as nails and perfectly enhancing the nightmarish unease underlying their sound. Ten minutes of '80s-inspired, rudimentary jaggedness, complete with catchy songwriting, tight delivery and a production that's appropriately massive and the right amount of shambolic. Featuring members of Good Throb, Sarcasm, Dregs, Body Butter and more. A skull-crashing must-have for the coming apocalypse.

Our take: Debut EP from this London band whose singer sings in Greek. On the first listen Efialtis remind me quite a lot of New York's La Misma. Certainly the vocals have a similar vibe, and again like La Misma Efialtis kind of take a "less is more" approach, with very little in the way of flashy playing. However, whereas La Misma generate tension in their songs through the interplay between the guitar and bass parts, in Efialtis those two instruments tend to lock together, creating a battering ram of sound. The thick, meaty playing in combination with these super straightforward arrangements generate quite a lot of power. Maybe not Cro-Mags-type power, but an impressive roar nonetheless. Definitely one of the meaner and nastier things I've heard come from the fertile London scene.
Tags: 10s gb325 hardcore london punk recommended