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Monday, 27 March 2017

MASADA

BandMASADA
GenresPunk / Post-Rock / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Emo / Emotive Hardcore / Screamo / Skramz
Related artists?.
CountryErlangen GERMANY
Years Active2014-present
Song: "Uneindeutigkeiten"
Album: "Masada"
Year: 2016
For fans ofПричал, Shizune, Surmoi, Øjne, Yo Sbraito, Raein, A Flower Kollapsed, Young Mountain, Pettersson, Virginia On Duty, Cease Upon The Capitol, Dolcim, Hundreds Of AU, Sora, We Never Learned To Live, Dominic, Trachimbrod, They Sleep We Live, June Paik, Kaddish and Yage aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Ruined Smile Records / i.corrupt Records / Rubaiyat Records / Dingleberry Records / Upwind Productions / Don't Care Records
This post's artist is from the March 2017 Mix. This is track #7.
You can download: the March 2017 Mix#3 right here or get the new April 2017 Mix#4 here.

After hearing my friend Guitalex from Nous Étions rave about MASADA I finally checked them out in late 2016 only to find out that, low and behold, he was right. The self titled 12" skyrocketed onto my top 20 of 2016 list (linked here) with a precarious and jaw-dropping balancing act of the abrasive and melodic, depending on the section of the song you are listening to. I personally find the all-out screaming to be utterly fantastic. The thickness created with their shredding of vocal chords is in the Thomas Schlatter (In First Person, What Of Us, etc.) realm so you know it's gonna be soul-penetrating. The bass is mixed nice and high so their is a booming yet gritty feel to the entire LP which balances out the occasional brakes put on during slower, ambient, melodic and dare I say poppier moments of MASADA.

The 'Demo' cassette EP is an excellent start and isn't really all that different from the record released two years afterwards, which meant MASADA started strong and therefore would likely improve on an already successful formula nearly instantaneously...which they did. The aforementioned 'Masada' full length came out in 2016 and is fantastic. "Untitled 1", "Defeat" and "Schwärzester Punkt" have been rerecorded from the 'Demo' and appear hear, with subtle and favourable tweaks. "Vier" is an awesome song with a trippy/spacey guitar midsection and an end that is heavy as shit and can easily be likened to Virginia On Duty and might be my highlight of the record. Songs such as the killer opener "Uneindeutigkeiten", "Defeat" and "Fragments" lay heavy on the sweet, sugary, clean vocals and somehow come off sounding like Причал if they bred with the Scots Kaddish. There are also extremely short blasts of hardcore that rarely make it past a minute and a half, not to mention the one-minute mark, such as 40-second "Schwärzester Punkt" and the Dolcim-esque "Sandkasten" at 37 seconds.

I've heard this band kills it live so I'm excited to see continued output from them. MAAAAAASAAAAAAAADAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! I feel like this is the correct pronunciation.

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DISCOGRAPHY

2014 - Demo cassetteEP (stream/buy here)

2016 - Masada 12"LP (stream/donate/download here)

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(2016) MASADA - "Sandkasten" (from 'Masada')

(2016) MASADA - "Uneindeutigkeiten" (from 'Masada')

(2016) MASADA - "Vier" (from 'Masada')

(2014) MASADA - "Discomfort" (from 'Demo')

(2014) MASADA - "Indifference" (from 'Demo')

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MASADA additional links

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