Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Abstinence - Al Inferno En Pazdotdotdotdot
artworkAl Inferno En Paz contains nine fiery instros in a more or less frat surf go-go setting. Some are just brilliant, all are well arranged and played. generally speaking, the mix is way too drum dominant, distracting from the power, and the superb lead guitar is farther back in the mix than it deserves or needs to be. Those adjustments would easily raise the rating of virtually every track. I'm pointing this out because production values can make or break a record. This is one of those cases where the music really needs to be heard, and even within these limits, is very strong. The Abstinence clearly have a strong sound and presence. I'd love to see them live!
Picks: 60 90, Surf Makabro, Surfing Gogo, Sherrif Of Chinatown, Mosca, Horror Tetrico, Bailando Con Los Meurtos, Sin Palabras, Desquicio

Track by Track Review


60 90 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"60 90" is a raucous number with frat surf sensibilities and energy. The main riff is circular and fun. Whammy dips and big drums with glissandos. Organ is well placed in the mix.

Surf Makabro dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Opening a bit like "The Jester," this hard driving number is number is more a cycling riff than a song, but it's high energy and drums drive it home. Glissandos and subdued keys.

Surfing Gogo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Inspired by, but not to similar to The Newport Nomads' "Harem Belles," this is a rather cool instro. The lead guitar's spatial placement is psychedelically uncertain via stereo reverb, which adds a bit of mystery. Big drums and a pack of fun.

Sherrif Of Chinatown dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Sherrif Of Chinatown" is a grand number with a strong beat and infectious sound. The kind of enthralling energy and rhythm that King Charles' Head could achieve is here. The ska chords add a nod to The Fender IV's "Everybody Up." This is a splendid track!

Mosca dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

While a little drum heavy, "Mosca" is a pounder with original ideas and charging energy. Fast and very splashy.

Horror Tetrico dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A marching beat and keyboard line are followed by an almost polka transition into a ripping charger. "Horror Tetrico" is melodic in a progression sort of way. The march sequences are really very cool.

Bailando Con Los Meurtos dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lots of bouncing fun here. "Bailando Con Los Meurtos" romps and rolls, with a fine lead line and powerful energy. This is very nicely arranged, but held back from 5 stars by a little too drum-dominance.

Sin Palabras dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Whistling organ and a raucous go-go feel to this frat surf powerhouse make for a beer-infested party. The lead guitar flies, though it's too low in the mix to dominate as it should!

Desquicio dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Stomp and muted reverb chops, drama, and dark edges. "Desquicio" seems to be all about the volume and frantic energy.