The Fallacy 疯医 – See You On The Other Side Of Darkness 愿我们在黑暗的另一边相见
Xinxiang post punk band The Fallacy find comfort and maturity in the swirl and saw-toothed edges of the genre with their fourth LP, See You On The Other Side Of Darkness, out on Modern Sky. Their strongest work in some time, the band returns to their native language and introduces experimental free jazz saxophonist Li Zenghui into the mix – pulling back on the refined synthesizer sounds of their earlier work and instead, leaning into their lean, mean and, at times, dissonant musicality. It all matches up terrifically with their potent lyricism which is both emotive and desperate, finding room for both slow-burning ballads and exasperated breakdowns. By no means a knockout, but The Fallacy’s latest shows the band leveling up and forging new ground.
新乡后朋乐队疯医的第四张专辑《愿我们在黑暗的另一边相见》在扭曲、尖锐的边缘上找到了舒适区，并愈加成熟。这张专辑在摩登天空发行。是他们最近一段时间里最好的作品，乐队重拾母语写作，并引入了实验自由爵士萨克斯手李增辉——放弃了他们早期作品中精致的合成器声音，而是倾向于他们精简、刻薄，有时甚至是不和谐的音乐性。这一切都与他们强有力的抒情风格相称，既感性又让人绝望，既能找到缓中带急的旋律，也能找到恼人的 breakdown 段落。疯医的新作并没有多惊世骇俗，却也展现了乐队的水平，开拓了新的领域。
C.S.B.Q – 未来的宝藏
The flame of punk shines bright with Changsha’s C.S.B.Q, whose tight, energetic, compassionate, and stirring punk rock feels more timely than ever. Evoking the folk-tinged proletarian songs of China’s past with a contemporary punk twist, the band’s music acts as both a rallying call and a hell of a good time – wrapping its warmly tender sax-soaked melodies with a riotous and deviant punk shell inherited from their musical ancestors. Yet its heart is with the rising youth of today, and with an acute ability to connect and put themselves on the same stage as their listeners, they’re able to imbue their songs with a timeless working-class quality – one that burns with a desire for a better world – fearless in its pursuit and magnanimous in its hope.
Li Jianhong 李劍鴻 – Mountain Fog 山霧
Guitar shaman and sound artist Li Jianhong unleashes his latest psychedelic-evoking, feedback-soaked noise release – his third based around the theme of his hometown, Lijia and the Siming Mountains, which inspired the exploratory and mystic sounds found within. In some ways, a dialogue between the terrain of his childhood and the spirits and monsters that resided from within ’the mysteries and legends’ of the mountain fog, the fifty-minute long piece (broken into two parts) is a trip that shakes you loose and one that rouses both awe and wonder. Simply put, the Beijing based artist is at the top of his game.
Chimera Cult – Join The Cult
Formed out of the charred ashes of former Shanghai bands Hitobashira, Alpaca, and Hydraslug, Chimera Cult grabs holds of the metal baton and charges full speed ahead on their debut release Join The Cult. An onslaught of heavy riffs, melodic breakdowns, and guttural hardcore vocals it’s a musically lean ensemble – a scorching boiling over cauldron of punk, hardcore, prog metal, groove metal, death metal, black metal, and ‘good ol’ fashioned cock rock’. It’s a throwback sound that knows how to have a damn good time whilst wreaking havoc.
在前上海乐队Hitobashira、Alpaca和Hydraslug的灰烬中组成，Chimera Cult在他们的首张专辑《Join The Cult》中抓住金属乐的接力棒，全速前进。他们是一支由极重的 riff、旋律性的 Breakdown 段落和粗犷的硬核人声组成的乐队——一个由朋克、硬核、前卫金属、律动金属、死亡金属、黑金属组成的炙热沸腾的大乱炖。这是一种回溯过往的声音，让人记起那些在肆意破坏的同时享受的该死的美好时光。