(Inverse Records / 2014)
This is one for your scrapbooks, boys and girls! A few years ago, I was introduced to a Finnish band called Força Macabra, a crust-metal force influenced by the punk-hardcore stuff that was coming from Brazil! I thought I was way cool to have a band from that part of the world singing in Portuguese and taking a Portuguese name, even if the main influence came from Brazil!
The present case is another different story! ESTADO NOVO, also from Finland, play music that’s more in the neighborhood of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, a vehicle for seventies riffs and, sometimes, for some ethereal voyages in the melodic world of acoustic guitars and bongos! We can almost smell the weed and the corduroy! We can also hear the fuzzy guitars and bass, as well as the slower paces along the stairs of heavy rock doom mansion! Not always enthusiastic and memorable, but with enough interest to gather vintage points among the fans of the genre.
Although it’s cool to have another Finnish band with a Portuguese name, it’s a bit odd they’ve decided to went with ESTADO NOVO, which was the way the government in this country was known, when we lived under a dictatorship! But I’m guessing this has nothing to do with a coincidence or something of the kind, when you look at the track list for this album and you notice a song called ‘Salazar’, who was the dictator himself! Fun facts for the music buff!
[reviewed by: Rui Marujo]