Para­noid

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HEAVY MEN­TAL FUCK-UP!

THE SIGN/KONTON CRASHER SWEDISH PUNK/METAL RUFFIANS STREAMLINE THEIR AS­SAULT Swedish crash­ers Para­noid have been chart­ing a funny old course, tee­ter­ing be­tween big­ger – al­beit re­li­ably outré – la­bels like Svart and South­ern Lord and the ul­tra-DIY likes of Vi­ral Age and At War With False Noise.

Now they seem to be giv­ing straight-up heavy metal a try by sign­ing with The Sign, though

if you’ve heard their Sepul­tura, Celtic Frost and Pen­ta­gram cov­ers, then the hook-up kinda makes sense. Heavy Men­tal Fuck-Up! sees the band’s deft mix of Scan­di­na­vian d-beat and Ja­panese hard­core fully in­tact, ex­pertly played and shot through with a motör­charged sense of metal­lic fury. Things are cleaner and per­haps a tad less reck­less than pre­vi­ous record­ings, but the pas­sion, en­ergy and ex­cite­ment are still there – no mean feat con­sid­er­ing the tem­plate they’re re­ly­ing on is al­most 40 years old.

FOR FANS OF: DISCHARGE, ANTI CIMEX, VIC­TIMS

ALEX DELLER

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