Destruction Made Simple

Revolution/Evolution

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This split release from Cali's One Shot records brings together two hardcore acts, L.A.'s Destruction Made Simple and Los Karma from Tijuana. Destruction doesn't waver from the frenetic pace of traditional California hardcore, which is both good and bad. Raul Landeros' vocals also strain occasionally in their reach for emotion. But this is hardcore, so the band can't be faulted for throwing everything they have -- and then some -- into the mix. "La Guerra" (sung predominantly in Spanish) is a standout, as is "21 Year Plan" with its stuttering bassline. Los Karma opts for a more varied style on its portion of Revolution/Evolution, slamming ska-punk, progressive, and hardcore together for the hard-hitting "Orni Torrincos" (Los Karma sing entirely in Spanish). "Huevo" finds the unit in a much better mood; the song's energetic ska riffing and pogo-worthy chorus is directly in line with the Golden State's thriving third wave history. Things come to a close with the fabulous "Algun Dia," where heavy metal morphs at lighting speed into hardcore and ska. Destruction Made Simple and Los Karma might not be reinventing anything with this split. But who ever said music as immediate as this needed reinventing? All it really needs is anger and youthful exuberance, and both bands seem to be bursting with these traits.

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