Agreed, most of you have no clue what the title alone of those Czech second full-length actually means. ‘Umění Strachu’ anyone? Okay, a clue then: ‘The Art Of Fear’. But you know what?! Fuck it because as cliché as it may sounds, yes music is a universal language and for all we know, even if those lads could be singing about your mom taking a dump or how to properly iron one’s tie, you’d still be starting your own moshpit in your living-room as, as far as crossover/thrash/punk goes (MUNICIPAL WASTE fans do pay attention!) goes, it rarely gets better than this.
Then again, LAHAR have been around since 2003, have already paid more than their dues by releasing a first full-length in 2008 on DAMAGE DONE RECORDS (‘Oběti Doby’) and a bunch of splits and should familiar to DOOMENTIA followers since a bunch of them also played in RADIOLAKATOR who shared in 2009 a 7 inches with NUNSLAUGHTER put out by your favourite label. Even if ‘Umění Strachu’ is the band’s first recording with their new frontman Banan, they still kept intact that unique 80’s fastcore feeling. You may not understand Czech but a few seconds into that frantic album will be more than enough to realize when you sound that pissed off, your lyrical approach is bound to be nothing but relentless and uncompromised. And of course, the brilliant Andrei Bouzikov nailed it once again artwork wise.
This album reeks of skate park afterhours party, of punks sharing cheap beers, of insanitary squats in the dirtiest part of town and of good old thrash and hardcore. And you know what? It smells friggin’ good!
for fans: Municipal Waste, Siege, Attitude Adjustment
released April 19, 2012
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