Sunday, November 21, 2021

Savage Republic - Meteora [Gusstaff Records]

Coming in from the Poland-based label Gusstaff Records only recently and released on November 19th, 2k21 is "Meteora" - the latest album outing created by L.A.'s prolific underground outfit Savage Republic and their first longplay effort since the 2014-released "Aegean". Now re-appearing with a total of nine brand new tracks rolled out over a total playtime of 39 minutes we see Savage Republic staying true to their primal, muscular and surely storming take on Industrial-infused PostPunk x (No)Wave from the very first seconds of this album onwards, taking over with an overwhelming melange of militant drums and washed out, feedback heavy guitars as well as intense, oftentimes political lyricism especially prevalent in the heavy, doom-leaning "Gods & Guns" whereas "Bizerte Rolls" adds elements of hounded, well Tarantino'esque Desert Rock / Americana to the mix, "Unprecedented" weighs in whispered Spoken Words and longing screams over a truly wall-of-sound resembling maelstrom of an instrumental track and "Newport '86" even comes forth with a strikingly melodic, somewhat anthemic Alternative bop quality that one wouldn't necessarily expect from a band like Savage Republic in the first place just to name a few. A heavyweight release, this. Check.


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