Portuguese grinders Besta have a plethora of releases each out delivering an onslaught of pure grindcore mayhem and this latest album continues that violent attitude to song writing with 16 songs of incendiary ferociousness that has hints of modern era Napalm Death on the riffing and vocal style in places.
The short feedback relents quickly for an assailing maelstrom of blasting fury on the opener “Diamorte”, where the riffing savagery is reinforced by the pulverising drum work. Every track here is a tornado of blast beating frenzies as “Falsa-Arte” continues the beating and leads into the excellent “Apostolo Do Terror” with its drum fill loading, as the vocals shift from shrieking dementedness to gutting bellows. What this band does superbly is integrate the out and out speed with punctuated shifts in tempo as “Sincronismo Do Mal” has those hints of Napalm Death vocally and a fantastic twist in the pace to catchy riff insertion.
I could pick any track on this release to talk about as there are few moments where you can become disinterested even for the briefest moments, as “Um Nas Sombas” crashes into your ears with its awesome riff and frantic speed. “Sopro Do Tirano” teases with a slower start initially before stamping very hard on the gas, yet switching and constantly morphing with its riff changes even though only about 70 seconds long. “O Caminho Da Mao Esquerda” diverts into a more hardcore riffing posture, the catchy riff is pin point ruthless backed by the snapping snare beat as that hardcore guise continues into “Neoselvagens” but is injected with utterly devastating blast beat phases.
“Porco Azul” is an epic tune relatively speaking in duration terms, with a slower pace the song is laden with drum work, fills adorn the song as the songs catchy riff base leads into a monstrously dense sludge like section to great effect at its finale. However what this band is completely about is unerring pandemonium as “Amigo Toxico” clearly reminds you of and with that in mind you have a truly monstrous grindcore album that is essential for all fans of the genre.
(9/10 Martin Harris)