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EP REVIEW: STYG – ‘Better Ash Than Dust’

Stick To Your Guns‘ latest release, Better Ash Than Dust, picks up exactly where their last full-length, Disobedient, left off. In effect, the new EP is an extension of the previous record; there is very little that differentiates the two as separate works other than time.

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Xibalba Release New Music Video, “Guerrilla”

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A few miles east of Los Angeles lies Pomona, California. It is the birth place of Tom Waits, Jessica Alba, and most notably (to this magazine, at least) Xibalba. Xibalba more or less translates to “place of fear,” and it is the Mayan underworld, a place of brutality and pain. While the band’s name might not directly translate, their combination brand of slow punishing death metal and hardcore does.

 
Their three studio albums share violent and emotional lyrics in English and Spanish, which is a breath of fresh air in the predominantly English written genre. They speak out against racism and inequality among other injustices and topics. Their most recent video, “Guerrilla,” from their January 2015 album Tierra Y Libertad (Land and Liberty) is one example.

“I’m not a spic,” the vocalist adds in the video after the song ends. “I’m a human fucking being.” Check out those humans and others in their video and let’s see some love in the comments.

by David Marulanda

Review: Stick To Your Guns – ‘Disobedient’

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Stream ‘Disobedient’ at AltPress 

A band that have been and remain socially conscious to a point of great inspiration, Stick To Your Guns deliver an album which ignites passion equivalent to the kind it took to make it, inciting thought, and greater still, action from beginning to end. Not only is it a well-crafted installment in terms of composition and sound, but it does what truly impressive hardcore records do—it interacts. ‘Disobedient’ is not just a product but a living, breathing tool of engagement. It creates a dialogue, it establishes connection in energetic, honest, and heartfelt terms. STYG have not only recorded songs but they’ve captured a spirit. This is the kind of record that is dismissive of the capitalistic demands of the music industry. It’s a record that sounds like it was made purely because there was a need for it to be made, and to borrow from “I Choose No One,” made from men, not machines.

Each track is not widely different from the others; a quality generally to the detriment of a record, but not here. Rather, each song builds upon the last as one sustained effort. ‘Disobedient’ reveals itself to the listener more as a speech being dramatically delivered by an activist at a podium (emphasized by the intermittent sound bites sampled from a 1974 conversation between Jiddu Krishnamurti and Dr. Allen W. Anderson, transcript HERE) than a standard album. Even the effects put on the vocals serve at points to make it sound as though Jesse Barnett were shouting through a megaphone.

The record opens with the chanting vocals and warlike drums of “It Starts With Me,” as if to prepare us to enter battle with STYG as our leaders–and you better be okay with that. “What Choice Did You Give Us,” “Nothing You Can Do To Me,” and “The War Inside” are declaratory and combustible, provoking a guilty conscience should your feet remain on the ground. “Left You Behind” offers a softer conclusion to the record, a poetic and symphonic gesture that begs the listener to start from the beginning again and take it all in, which this reviewer highly seconds.

5/5 stars.

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