Cripple Bastards - La Fine Cresce Da Dentro (Black vinyl)
La Fine Cresce da Dentro is a tour-de-force of musicianship. Musically, Cripple Bastards are at the top of their game and are showing no signs of slowing down. Der Kommissar and Wild Vitto write killer riffs, always with a thrashy bent, (e.g. “Non Coinvolto,” “Crimine Contro L’immagine,” “Crociati del Mare Interno”) just as they have done since joining in 2000 and 2014, respectively. Raphael Saini’s drumming is frenetic and has a live feel to them. Schintu the Wretched brings the bass to the party and crushes the earth underneath his feet with it. The burning star of the outfit, Giulio the Bastard defies every conceivable expectation of what a vocalist’s job is and stupefies with his unhinged destruction of vocal chords and flesh adjacent. I’ve never heard Italian sound so rabid.