Chepang
Lathi Charge


4.0
excellent

Review

by Arche USER (84 Reviews)
August 11th, 2016 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nepalese grind that goes like shit off a shovel.

A 'lathi charge', as label Nerve Altar elucidate on their Bandcamp, is the Nepalese term for the brutal baton exercise used by riot police to scatter protesting crowds. Despite sitting in a potentially peaceful location surrounded by the Himalayas, it only takes a Google search to realise that violent riots are commonplace in the central Asian nation; unrest that has caused many to flee to other lands. Chepang, a grindcore group now based in New York, are five such immigrants, and their debut release channels as much of this uneasy political climate into their work as possible - with electrifying results.

Chepang’s brand of ‘immigrindcore’ (as they themselves have named it) is an entertaining, furious blend of Discordance Axis-esque grindcore and powerviolence, which has the satisfying dual effect of making Lathi Charge not only intense, but surprisingly easy to bob along with. ‘Chutkeli’ and ‘Untitled (Purano Haddi)’ form a double whammy that showcase this best, flipping between east-coast hardcore chugs and drumskin-breaking grind in deliciously timed waves. ‘Chihan Ki Pari’’s macabre guitar line and the doomy riff that characterises the first half of the subsequent ‘Chepang Basti’ add some controlled colour to the album; colour which leads the listener wide-eyed into a curbstomp comprising of the latter's second half and 44 second barrage ‘Bidhwa Ko Charam Sukha’. The vocal performance mirrors Lathi Charge’s ever-changing nature too, as gutturals, frenzied highs and punky hollers (all spewed in their native Nepalese) interchange almost as frequently as you blink, always feeling appropriate in its guise at the current time. Sadly, ‘Kancho Ko Badla’ falls into the common trap of being a mid-tempo instrumental closer and therefore makes for a slightly deflating end, although the inclusion of (what I can only assume to be) a Nepalese pop song at the end feels surprisingly at home as the album’s fade out.

While it’s a shame that, to the English speaking world at least, the details of the message behind Lathi Charge may be lost to the language barrier, frustration, anger and aggression is something that transcends any such obstructions. Impressively (particularly for a debut release), Chepang manage to bundle all the above traits into a beast that not only gnashes and snarls, but contains enough to make second listens that little bit too irresistible.



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Archelirion
August 11th 2016


5610 Comments


This could just as easily have read 'this fucking goes,' but then it wouldn't have been much of a review :3 Hope those that check it have fun with this, any comments, corrections and hate mail as always welcomed.
Name-your-price download here -> http://nervealtar.bandcamp.com/album/lathi-charge
P.S. I know the summary sucks. If I come up with a better one it will get replaced.

CalculatingInfinity
August 11th 2016


8680 Comments


"This could just as easily have read 'this fucking goes,' but then it wouldn't have been much of a review "

No you should have done that :P Aaron review woooooooooo.

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2016


11620 Comments


Aweome review, love this "drumskin-breaking grind" description. I like the summary too lol. Will jam in the morning.

Archelirion
August 11th 2016


5610 Comments


Trust me, the drums on this are absolutely awesome to listen to :D Thanks guys ^-^

DanielNightLewis
August 11th 2016


1028 Comments


This is great. Love a bit of D-Axis worship and these guys do it great while keeping it interesting. Thanks for sharing!

Archelirion
August 11th 2016


5610 Comments


No worries man, really glad you dug it :]

Sinternet
August 11th 2016


17870 Comments


quality summary pos

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2016


8055 Comments


Good review, pos.

Heard the album a bit, and it's great indeed.


Despite sitting in a potentially peaceful location surrounded by the Himalayas, it only takes a Google search to realise that violent riots are commonplace in the central Asian nation

People in Nepal are poor for the most part, and many flee to the Arabic countries as immigrant workers in construction sites, where they are treated like slaves.

And of course, there are conflicts of religious descent...

Archelirion
August 11th 2016


5610 Comments


Thanks guys ^-^
Yeah, things aren't great there in general. I honestly didn't realise how bad though until I started writing this, so... it's achieved one of its main aims, I guess?

Spacesh1p
August 11th 2016


7669 Comments


Nice review, this sounds pretty cool.

Sinternet
August 11th 2016


17870 Comments


nepal is a hellhole of a country for it's citizens, but it's one of those countries that just doesn't get any attention from the media unless they're talking about gurkha soldiers

Archelirion
August 12th 2016


5610 Comments


"Nice review, this sounds pretty cool." - Thanks :] It's about 11 minutes and NYP so it's worth checking out I think, even if you end up thinking 'lol this sucks wtf'

EvoHavok
August 12th 2016


7663 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet write-up, Aaron!

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Archelirion
August 12th 2016


5610 Comments


Thanks Evo lad ^-^ Glad to see you enjoyed it!

BallsToTheWall
August 13th 2016


49145 Comments


Solid review. Will check this tomorrow.

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ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
October 27th 2016


11620 Comments


This really is great

Archelirion
October 27th 2016


5610 Comments


Yeah, really goes in hard. Amazes me how much they fit into each song.

AdolfChrist
June 17th 2018


18423 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

band is truly batshit crazy. check out the next one you assholes m////////

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