• VAASKA - Todos Contra Todos CD
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The 3rd LP from Austin's Vaaska, and it's actually a little bit different than the band's previous records. While the differences are fairly subtle, it's actually really surprising when one of these bands doesn't do what you'd expect because they're all such pros and know exactly what they're going for and how to execute it. However, I guess what Vaaska are going for has changed just a little bit since their last record. There's still a lot of the catchiness that defined their sound before, but the focus is no longer on the blazing lead guitar so much as the groove laid down by the rhythm section. Thanks to the density and the catchiness of the guitar-playing on those previous records I always wanted to compare Vaaska to Articles of Faith, but I wouldn't make that comparison at all here... the inspiration seems to be much more from Discharge and/or metal. It actually sounds quite a lot like the Impalers (which is unsurprising since the bands share members) in that the mid-paced riffs and songs are certified pit-clearers, but the total in-the-pocket rhythms are infused with the catchiness that has always been Vaaska's forte. I've pretty much been a Vaaska super-fan since the band first started, but I was honestly blown away by how great this LP... my expectations were super high and Todos Contra Todos obliterates them. Highest possible recommendation!