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Hell Demonio

"Discography" CD

Robotradio Records

Genre: math-rock, post-hardcore, experimental rock

Aug 19 2008

The release of Discography harkens another chapter of frazzled, dazzled rock mayhem from Italian label Robot Radio. The culprits this time are the five guys behind Hell Demonio, a spastic act that throws Faraquet, The Blood Brothers, and Fugazi into the wood-chipper and emerges with something resembling fun-injected post-hardcore. Melodic in an unusual sense, these ten tracks whir by in a cavalcade of angular guitar hooks, quixotic drum rhythms, and enthusiastic vocals strangely reminiscent of Atombombpocketknife.

At their best, Hell Demonio kick more ass than a Vin Diesel cockbuster, packing songs like "Sparkling Tangled Knots" and "(From) Hawaii to Hell" with gushing energy and intensity. It is the most melodic songs that garner the highest marks on Discography; hence "Foresaking My Husband Years" and expertly-titled "Message in a Butthole" stick fast and last long. Since this is all very high energy stuff, many of the tracks tend to bleed into each stylistically. This is, of course, a common problem when dealing with math-rock and post-hardcore albums - a full record will often sound more like one big mass of music rather than something with distinguishable "songs." But once you've cranked up the volume and embraced the impulse to bounce around jerkily, does any of that really matter? Discography may not be the most inventive or long-lasting of its ilk, but it's a fun ride nonetheless.

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Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 10 tracks, 26:08, distributed by the label, released 2008]