Fuerza Bruta – “Verdugo” LP
This is the album originally released in 2017 by Foriegn Legion Records, re-released a year later by Holland’s Rebellion Records. “Chicago’s Fuerza Bruta are upset luddites laying down riffs that don’t just pay homage to the glory days of Brazilian HC and Japanese Oi, they add to it.” (Japanses Oi! and Brazilian hardcore? you can’t say that about many bands…). I’m not so sure about the skinhead/Oi! element – to me this is back to basics hardcore punk that is extra anthemic, with blunt-force riffs and rhythms, also none too shy of a tasty melodic hook or two. And as tight as a properly-laced DM.