driblets Switzerland too supplies the scene with new bands, even if
to be precise these 4 musicians all come from Italy. A mixture of Punk
rock and cutting Electronica constitutes the 13 tracks of their debut-CD,
which is at the same time the first
official release of the Swiss label. Don't expect other than harsh programming
and scratching, Trip hop breaks, a guitar, a bass and acid vocals by
two different singers with the sole intention of creating a melange
not far from what previously proposed by Atari Teenage Riot, Melt Banana
The record unwinds between fiery and rapid songs such as "Wrong
Working World", "Envy" (one of the best),
"Tetsuo", or other more curbed yet twisted in the vein
of White Zombie meets No Means No: "Swamp Life", "Make
My Day", and "Fast down", song with extrasolid
bass lines and beats, and well-guessed vocals identical to Marylin Manson's,
obtaining as a result a composition not too distant from T-Ride's songbook.
Smoothly the CD touches the apex with the creeping, electric and danceable
"Made of Nothing", "Democracy", perfect
marriages of the Italian band's souls, clever at the usage of cutting
riffs, persistant and frequent beats, as well in the vocal manipulation,
and finally "Pirrus", Electro/Nu metal and Nailbomb
having an orgy.
Although I repute good to experiment and vary, Matamachete must absolutely
avoid repeating gross mistakes like "Twisted", a piece
including Trip hop, a bit of Raggae and nigger mama-like vocals, ruining
and defiling the concept and the attitude of the rest of the platter,
surely not so joyful, on the contrary angry and bloody just as the artwork.
The track list is completed by "Unreachable", electronic
madness turned to art, "Wrong Place", a strange track
that seems recorded by Alec Empire while trying to rap!, and "L'ultimo
suono che si sente", only song in Italian, very catchy and
simple, though not foreseeable.
With the exception of the above-mentioned composition which has nothing
to do with the remaining ones, I suggest the more open-minded among
you to get informed about the band and look at least for this record.
The 4 guys have left the label in the meantime and are hunting a new
deal. All we can do is hope to hear new material, possibly up to the
one contained in this eponymous debut and not a band's split. What they've
been doing so far is not only derivative; it shows an act with attention-worthy
ideas and excellent performers we were proud to spread.
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 20th June 2006