When it comes to metal in the Lone Star State, there’s no place that does the blend between thrash and groove so well. Close enough to be able to see their neighbors over the border, Lonescar arm themselves with the Tex-Mex spirit to deliver their third release. Previous EPs “Bloodluck” and “More Chingon Than Before” have paved the way for “Lust For the End,” which is even more ‘chingon’ (‘fucking awesome’ in Spanish) than what came before.
First impressions deliver an onslaught of the senses. Vocalist Brian Valdibia possesses an impassioned delivery that echoes Darkest Hour’s hoarse highs and lows as he covers a wide variety of topics, from Nazi concentration camps of the past to revolution in the present. Meanwhile, the riffs are relentless, whether in punishing Gojira-esque groove, Lamb of God bounce or Morbid Angel’s dirty rumble. Creating the backbone of each track, the drums and bass pound along with gusto, switching with ease between deliberate mid-paced head nods and full-on blasting, while also giving space for a solo or two to rip from the seams.
The full package showcases a tightly-wound group with an unquenchable thirst and a talent for sharp, modern metal. The band already have a number of accolades, and a resume of big names they’ve played with including Sepultura, Havok, Destruction, and Arsis. With material like this, their name will surely grow; perhaps ironically, “Lust For The End” is only the beginning.
Michael Perez: Guitar
Mike Gonzalez: Bass
JC Hernandez: Drums
Brian Valdibia: Vocals
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