Mustasuo are a band from Finland that has been featured before in this zine and on this recording plays a blackened mixture of crust, punk and hardcore and this is a review of their 2022 album "Hiljaisuus" which was released as a joint wffort between Off and Suspected Of Arson Records.
Distorted amp sounds start off the album before going into a heavier crust punk direction which also utilized a great amount of d beats. Vocals a re mostly high pitched black metal scrams while back up shouts and growls can also be heard at times and tremolo picking and blast beats are also added in the faster sections of the songs.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they also bring in more of an 80's crust punk style while some of the faster riffing also shows an influence of grindcore. Elements of hardcore can also be heard in the mid tempo sections of the songs along with all of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them
Throughout the album you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the riffs also adding in a small amount of melody at times as well as one track also introducing clean playing onto the recording, a great portion of the songs are also very short in length and a later song also adds in a brief use of spoken word parts. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in Finnish and cover dark and angry themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Mustasuo and if you are a fan of blackened crust punk and hardcore, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Aikamme on loppumassa" "Temppelli" "Tikitsen sairaat soluni" and "Ei en". 8 out of 10.
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