Contra Records & Pirates Press Records
Written By Mark Jones
Catalonia’s Crim are massive in their native country and regularly play shows in front of thousands. They may not be as big in other countries but after the release of their debut album ‘Blau Sang, Vermell Cel’ and last year’s E.P ‘Sense Excuses’ the band are getting attention and gaining fans worldwide and this is well deserved. Crim have stuck to their culture and their language and haven’t caved in to singing in English or Spanish like some European bands often do, but when they write songs as good as the ones on ‘Pare Nostre Que Esteu A L’Infern’ (Our Father That You Are In Hell) why should they?
As they’ve shown us on their previous releases, Crim have the knack of writing powerful and extremely catchy songs and it’s more of the same with 12 tracks on ‘Pare Nostre Que Esteu A L’Infern’. The album kicks off with ‘Poster No Hi Ha Final’ (Poster No End), a brilliant punk rock song with an absolute killer chorus and is a brilliant start to the album. After a great start the band deliver anthem after anthem including ‘ Hivern Etern’ (Eternal Winter), ‘Quan Torin Les Sirenes’ (When Torin Mermaids), and ‘Viure O Existir’ (To Live Or Exist), ‘De Debil’ (Of Weak) and I’m totally hooked.
What stands out for me whilst listening to the album is the quality of the musicianship these 4 lads have on these well crafted songs and shows the band are at the very top of their game. There isn’t a song on this album that I don’t like, but if I had to pick a favourite it would have to be ‘ L’Instint Dels Animals’ (The Instinct Of Animals), a brilliant track with great vocals and yet another killer chorus.
Yet again Crim have delivered a great record and in my opinion ‘Pare Nostre Que Esteu A L’Infern’ is their best work yet. Forget the language barrier and get yourselves a copy of this album by one of the best punk bands around.