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The Black Soul Trio - Chapter 1dotdotdot
artworkBrazil's Black Soul Trio are a punk based band with surf lurking amidst their grind in places. They play a fair share of instrumentals. It's been a while since I've heard a new punk band play interesting material, especially one that understands and uses melody.
Picks: Bomber, Fuzz Machine, Space-Shit, Sinners, The Munster

Track by Track Review


Bomber dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

Fast and punky, double picked at times, and played against a punk rhythm section, "Bomber" is more melodic than most punk-based surf hybrids. Stylistically like JFA in some ways, but dry and edgier. The bass solo over kick drums works much better than you might expect.

Fuzz Machine dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

Mid tempo sludgy, militant drums, and a cycling guitar riff provide the opening. The guitar drifts into more of a melody. Aptly titled, though not as fuzzy as some. "Fuzz Machine" actually reminds me of Chachi, Boba Fett, and the Wookiee. There are some really cool, very dirty guitar lines.

Space-Shit dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

More rhythm than song for the first couple of verses, "Space-Shit" becomes a dark, sort of space rock anthem from a punk vantage point. Tonally interesting, with long sustain and gnarled feedback.

Sinners dotdotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

Big tremolo damage, bass grumble, relentless drums. Long sustain, angry distortion, and menacing bass. This is a lumbering, threatening number with angst all over it. Very cool!

The Munster dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

This is grinding punkoidal plunder, and there is the slight suggestion of Vic Mizzy's "Munsters." Dangerous and bordering on ugly.